Table Of Contents
What is Cosequin for dogs?
How to choose the best hip and joint supplement for your dog?
5 Tips to Know before Buying
Cosequin products Reviews
Cosequin DS Plus MSM
How does Cosequin DS Plus MSM work?
Cosequin DS Plus MSM Active Ingredients
Benefits of using Cosequin DS Plus MSM
Conditions that may be treated/prevented
Does Cosequin work?
How long before results may be seen?
The Woof on the Street…
Dog Joint Health – Prevention & Care
How do you know if your dog needs a hip or joint supplement?
Some signs to watch out for in your Dog
- Choose a supplement with glucosamine hydrochloride (HCl) or glucosamine sulfate, some supplements have glucosamine potassium chloride (KCl) which some consider to be of poorer quality than the others.
- Supplements with both chondroitin and glucosamine are most appropriate as they may work synergistically to prevent destruction of joints.
- A supplement that also includes methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) may help with digestibility while MSM is also known to prevent cartilage breakdown.
- Chondroitin can interfere with blood’s ability to clot so if your fur-baby has any blood disorder, then you should consult your veterinarian before starting any supplementation.
- Glucosamine is often derived from shellfish so you should ensure the source is suitable for your pet if they have any food sensitivities or allergies.
- Don’t expect fast results, while some people notice a difference within their pet’s mobility and interest in play within a few weeks it can take over 6 weeks to see a significant improvement in your fur-baby’s comfort levels.
- Consider how you will get your pet to take this supplement (capsule, liquid, chew treat, etc). This may be particularly important if your pup is fussy with food.
- Value! Supplements are expensive so you should ensure you’re getting appropriate concentrations of the active ingredients for the price you’re paying. Independent certification of a product is generally a good indicator that the product contains what’s stated on the package.
- Available in a range of concentrations for all size pets
- Safe with scientific literature to support claims
- May not be suitable for very fussy eaters who don’t like tablet form treats
- Some pets may have mild gastrointestinal upsets if given without food
(120 soft chews)
- Also helps with your dog’s skin to give a glossy coat
- Delicious soft chews loved by most pets
- Needs a higher dose in the initial loading phase for 4-6 weeks
- Not suitable for pups under 10lbs
(250 chewable tablets)
- This formula is also available in capsules
- Scientifically proven formula
- Glucosamine is derived from shellfish which may not be suitable if your pet has allergies
- May not suit very fussy eaters
(110 capsules/chewable tablets)
- Scientific research backs up the supplement’s claims
- Easily administered via either chewable tablet or capsule that can be hidden with food
- Glucosamine derived from shellfish which may be of concern if your pet has allergies
- Some very fussy pets may not like the capsule form
Some Key Features:
- Improved comfort when exercising
- Increased interest in exercise and returning to normal energy levels
- May slow progression of joint disease
- Delay onset of painful signs of osteoarthritis
- Hip and elbow dysplasia
- Traumatic injury of cartilage
- Cruciate and stifle disorders
I have a Sussex Spaniel/Chocolate Lab mix, named Duke. He is the sweetest dog who ever lived and whoever will live (although admittedly, I am biased). He just turned twelve this year, and I have been afraid he may develop the notorious Lab hip problems, so I have always kept a close eye on him. About 3 months ago, Duke started having problems with stairs. When we would go upstairs to bed, Duke would pace back and forth, hesitate at the bottom of the steps and whine before finally coming up the stairs; he was in pain. It broke my heart. Some nights he stayed downstairs, and I know he didn’t like being away from us. He also started sleeping on the bathroom tile during the day, I think the cold felt good on his sore joints. After about a month of this behavior, I realized it was not just a pulled muscle or something temporary, so I started researching supplements. Enter this product. The directions say to give the dog 2 pills a day for the first months, and then go down to 1 pill a day after that as a maintenance dose. That means this one bottle will last Duke 4 months, which is very convenient for us and our wallets (although I would gladly spend any amount of money to make my Big Brown Boy feel better). It has been 3 and a half weeks since starting this supplement. Duke is a whole new dog. He is active, jumping up and down, and even wrestling with Chunk, his 5-year-old Yorkipoo brother. I can actually see it in Duke’s face that he feels better. He is happier. He has a sparkle in his eye that you usually see in much younger dogs. My Big Brown Boy has become my Big Brown Bouncing Boy, and I am so happy that he is probably going to be feeling better a lot further into old age than I previously thought possible, all because of this supplement that has absolutely changed his (and our) lives. Now, Duke goes up the stairs for bed with ease, and we are confident that his golden years will have a much better quality of life.
“My vet gave me some great advice on choosing the right kind of joint supplement for my then 6year old lab, Phoebe. Phoebe wasn’t in pain, but I noticed she was slowing down during play time. My vet told me to do my research on which joint supplement to buy and don’t just buy the most expensive one assuming it’s the best. Well, I did my research and this one seemed to have all the right reviews, that I decided to purchase it. Within a week, I noticed a difference. Phoebe was back to her youthful self. She was jumping high to catch her frisbee, able to take longer walks, and wanted to play ball for longer times. Phoebe has even gone back to her old ways of out-running me when she is misbehaving. This use to infuriate me but to be honest, I was a little happy this time that she was too fast for me to catch her. Phoebe is almost 8 and she is still very active. This is a great joint supplement and I highly recommend it. I should note that this supplement needs to be given every day, not just once in a while as it will not work. I once ran out and decided not to purchase anymore as I didn’t think phoebe needed it anymore but within a couple of weeks, I saw her slowing down again. I quickly purchased more and she’s back to normal. Also, unlike her monthly flea pill, Phoebe LOVES to take this supplement! It’s like a treat to her.”
Similar to ourselves, our fur-babies can suffer from joint pain, either due to trauma, old age degenerative changes or some congenital diseases such as hip or elbow dysplasia. Some breeds such as German Shepherds, Labradors or Spaniels are prone to certain joint diseases such as cruciate disease, osteoarthritis or inflammation of growth plates. Joint supplements may be invaluable for some of these dogs and you might consider starting your pup on a supplement before any clinical signs of discomfort are evident.
Veterinarians have advocated for the use of joint supportive compounds such as glucosamine and chondroitin which have been shown to have positive effects on dogs with osteoarthritis1. Not all supplements, however, are created equal so you may wish to undertake some research into any products you may consider. This review article aims to help provide you some more information about one of the well-known brands on the market, Cosequin2. Glucosamine and chondroitin are both involved in building cartilage and may prevent a further breakdown during osteoarthritis. Glucosamine may also have anti-inflammatory action while supporting production of synovial fluid which provides lubrication within the joints.
- Limping, reluctance to jump
- Stiff or slow to rise or lie down
- Reluctance to exercise or starts resting more than usual
- Difficulty using stairs and steps
- Excessive panting, particularly on a relaxed walk
- Crying or whining when getting up or guarding an area from being stroked
1. McCarthy, G., J. O’Donovan, B. Jones, H. McAllister, M. Seed and C. Mooney (2007). Randomised double-blind, positive-controlled trial to assess the efficacy of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate for the treatment of dogs with osteoarthritis. The Veterinary Journal 174 (1) pp54-61
2. Buyue, Y. and J.P. Sheehan (2009). Fucosylated chondroitin sulfate inhibits plasma thrombin generation via targeting of the factor Ixa heparin-binding exosite. Blood 114 (14) pp3092-3100
3. Das Jr., A. And T.A. Hammad (2000). Efficacy of a combination of FCHG49TM glucosamine hydrochloride, TRH122TM low molecular weight sodium chondroitin sulfate and manganese ascorbate* in the management of knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 8(5) pp343-350