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Thinking of putting Mason on this for awhile to see if it helps his limping until I can get him into xrays... A lad I worked with used to be a vet tech and suggested it to me, she said sometimes just by taking that alone can solve the problem..
 

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I've heard of it, and all good. It's glucosamine and condroitin.

I picked this up from a site maybe it will help

Cosequin

The first thing you want to know is, what is Cosequin? Cosequin is a product made by Nurtramax Laboratories (www.nutramaxlabs.com) that is used for osteoarthritis in dogs, cats and birds. The active ingredients are glucosamine and chondroitin, which are also being used to help people with osteoarthritis. It comes in a capsule form that you can both feed to your pets whole or open and sprinkle the contents on their food.

Does it work? In a word, yes. I have been using Cosequin in my patients, especially the dogs, who have arthritis pain and I have been generally impressed with the results. I have not had much success in the cat, but this is mainly due to the fact that we tend not to diagnose arthritis in the cat until it is in a very late stage.

When it comes to evaluating products, I think the dogs make a good control group because they do not have the "placebo" effect. Psychology does not factor in, they either respond favorably to a product or they do not.

We have used Cosequin in our patients as soon as they start to show signs of slowing down (See health hipdysplaysia as an example). We have seen anywhere from a 20% to a 75% improvement in their mobility after a month on Cosequin.

One thing is for sure, the product does not do any harm. It is a relatively natural product that can only help. It can be pricey, but if you can afford it, it is worth the money because it helps decrease the pain and also slows the arthritic product. My dog Willie (and my wife Diane) takes it every day. There are generic products on the market that claim to be as good as Cosequin. The problem with generics in this category of products is that there is no quality control, no FDA oversight. So if you are getting the same product in the generic it may be just as good, but regardless of what the label says you cannot be assured of what is in the bottle. I always recommend that my clients begin with the real Cosequin, see how it works, decide how much it is costing them per month (the larger the dog the bigger bill) and consider generics only if they have to.

Not all dogs will respond. If after a month we see no improvement, we tend to look for other causes of pain or look to other medications. Overall, I give Cosequin 3 Paws of Approval (out of 4). Willie (my dog) wanted to add a half paw, so for our dollar, Cosequin gets 3 and 1/2 Paws of Approval.
 

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We used Cosequin for awhile, then switched to Arthogen

Finally an affordable supplement that not only effectively treats common symptoms of canine arthritis, but also comes in a tasty beef and cheese flavor your dogs will love. Scientifically formulated to help maintain your pet’s healthy joints, each tablet contains 500 mg glucosamine HCI, 400 mg chondroitin sulfate, 33 mg vitamin C and 5 mg manganese. With Arthrogen, you can get the same great results as comparable products but at a lower price. Recent studies indicate over 15% of pets suffer from arthritis or other joint discomfort, so treat your pet to a better life.
An excellent retailer:
http://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail.html?pgguid=dc00c099-4869-4ec1-a6aa-60adb22c454c

We now use syn-flex, and we think it works much better, with visible results!

http://www.amazon.com/Synflex-1500-...pd_bbs_sr_1/103-5503528-9154228?ie=UTF8&s=hpc
 

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My riding instructor gave some of her old horses MSM. I don't think it's an either or- they do different things. Maybe you can use both - ask the vet.

Paula
 

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you can use glucoseamine, chondritin and MSM together, you'll have no problems. Keep in mind that G and C should be used together as they are more effective that way. Liquid form is also easier to absorb then powder. All these products do esstenially is increse the amount of fluid in the joint, they don't repair damage, so after being on them and once your loading period is done you may find your animals joints swell so adjust the dose accordingly.
 

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Lots of people say that dogs can't utilize Msm. I give it along with gluco/chond. because I fugure it can't hurt and it may help. :) I'm a firm believer in the Esther-C as part of the routine as well. I know I probably sound like a broken record by now but that stuff has changed Chico's life! It's very safe too so there is no risk of overdose or anything.
 

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My vet said I should look into just getting an over the counter Glucose/chron version, it will be more cost effective and works just the same.. I have no clue what Msm is though??

Also is this true..is any over the counter glucose just AS GOOD as cosequin???

Where does everyone else get theirs?
 
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