Cosequin DS, or double-strength, is a medicine commonly prescribed by vets for for cat arthritis and dogs who have arthritis. It is made by Nurtramax, and it comes in pill form (although you can also break open the pill and put the contents on the cat or dogs' food). They have also made chewable tablets so you can just have your dog or cat eat them directly with less fuss. You have to give them higher levels at first, and then you reduce it to a "maintenance level" over time.
How does it work?
Cosequin works using glucosamine and chondroitin. For those worried about overdrugging their pets or exposing them to chemicals, these are natural molecules that are found in both pets and people. Both play an important role in the health of bone cartilage. Glucosamine is a sugar, and it helps the body form and repair cartilage. Chondroitin is a protein that makes cartilage more elastic. These are both used in many arthritis medicines for people as well. Basically, they help your pet naturally make its joints more healthy and less painful to move by supplementing the molecules the body uses to repair its joints.
This is more of a natural supplement than an actual drug. However, if you're worried that this is some new age-type, untested remedy, there are many vets who report that it works extremely well in many pets. It won't help all of them, but it is often a good idea to try it out for a month or so and see if your dog or cat improves. The change is usually pretty dramatic if it does.
Are there side effects to Cosequin DS?
No - your pet could get some basic indigestion from the pills, but that is it. Remember, it consists of stuff that is in the pet's body anyway. I searched around for quite awhile trying to find anything talking about side effects in either people or pets from these chemicals, and indigestion is it. I would also add that in people there have been reports of problems for people who have seafood allergies. I haven't ever heard of a cat having that - but Glucosamine often comes from shellfish.
Where can I get it?
You can get a 120 tablet pack of chewable canine Cosequin for dogs online here:
You can get an 80 tablet box of feline Cosequin for cats online here:
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