Arthritis and other forms of degenerative joint disease are among the most common ailments that affect dogs. Large dogs in particular are prone to joint problems due to the large amount of weight put on their joints. Active dogs risk joint problems when exercising in a high-impact activity; but on the other hand, dogs that arent active become overweight which can further add to the strain on their joints during their daily activities.
To address this need, there are a wide range of joint supplements on the market that offer a way to protect your dog from developing health issues. These supplements vary in quality from those that include only the basic nutrients needed to maintain joint function to those packed with the right nutrients to maintain, strengthen, and lubricate your dogs joints. One of the most popular joint supplements for dogs is Cosequin DS.
Cosequin DS is made by Nutramax Laboratories, Inc., a company that makes high quality supplements for dogs and cats. Their elite research team is always working to ensure that each supplement produced is of the highest quality. While Nutramax produces several joint supplements for dogs, Cosequin DS offers a double strength formula made specifically for larger dogs.
How long does it take for cosequin to start working?
Changes in your horse’s comfort level may occur gradually. Please allow time for your horse to respond. As noted above, it may take 2-4 weeks to see improvement, though some horses may respond sooner. MY VETERINARIAN HAS ALSO RECOMMENDED AN INJECTABLE JOINT PRODUCT.
Do vets recommend Cosequin for dogs?
Formulated for dogs of all sizes, COSEQUIN® is the #1 veterinarian recommended retail joint brand. It helps your dog maintain healthy joints and supports mobility. Depending on your dog’s weight and needs, the administration of COSEQUIN® can be easily adjusted.
Are there any risk factors for this supplement?
Studies are limited for this supplement and therefore information regarding risk factors is also limited. Do not use glucosamine/chondroitin combination supplements in pets that are allergic to it (although this is rare). Use cautiously in pets with bronchoconstriction and/or asthma.
Some formulations contain significant amounts of potassium; use cautiously in pets that require low potassium diets. Glucosamine/chondroitin combination should be used cautiously in pregnant or lactating animals as safety has not been evaluated.
Use caution when switching brands, as the amount of active ingredients may not be the same.
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