Cosequin ds for dogs 500 tablets
Nutritional supplement to help dogs maintain healthy joints and to maintain the structure of the cartilage
What is Cosequin®?
Cosequin is a patented, scientifically researched nutritional supplement dispensed by thousands of veterinarians for twenty years to help dogs maintain healthy joints.
As dogs age, it is common for their joints to become less flexible which impacts their mobility and quality of life.You may have noticed that your dog has difficulty walking up stairs or jumping on the bed. While he used to be eager to play, now he is content to rest. Even at younger ages some dogs are subject to joint health concerns which affect flexibility and mobility.
Cosequin contains proprietary researched veterinary specifications, FCHG49 ®* glucosamine and TRH122®*chondroitin sulfate. These ingredients have been scientifically formulated to support and maintain the health of your dog’s joints. Published studies have shown that the specific ingredients in Cosequin work together to maintain the structure of the cartilage while inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage. It is very important to note that the published studies on Cosequin do not apply to other brands.
How does Cosequin® Joint Health Supplement work?
The ingredients in Cosequin work together to help support and protect the cartilage.
Glucosamine hydrochloride acts as a building block of cartilage by supplying a key nutrient that keeps cartilage cells healthy and functioning properly.
Chondroitin sulfate blocks the enzymes that break down cartilage.
When is the use of Cosequin® recommended?
Early action is always the best advice. Different breeds of dogs age at different rates. With regular check-ups your veterinarian can talk with you about your dog’s
aging process. Your veterinarian may discuss weight control, selective use of medications, exercise and the administration of Cosequin.
How much Cosequin® should I give my dog?
Everydog’s needs may differ. Dogs will respond at different rates of time. While the initial administration period is four to six weeks, some dogs may respond in a shorter period.
When your dog achieves a good response, you can begin to decrease the number of Cosequin soft chews/tablets/capsules you give to your dog each day.
Watch your dog’s movement and attitude to see that he is feeling comfortable as you decrease the administration.
If you see that your dog is not as comfortable, increase the number of soft chews/tablets/capsules to the previous level, observe your dog for a few weeks, then try lowering again.
How long does Cosequin® Joint Health Supplement take to work?
Since Cosequin is a supplement and provides nutrients to maintain your dog’s joint health, it works more gradually than prescription medicines.
Improvement on Cosequin can range from gradual to dramatic.
Following the administration schedule on the label for your dog’s weight, we recommend an initial administration period of four to six weeks.
Some dogs may show a response in a shorter period of time.
Are there any side effects?
Cosequin joint health supplement offers unparalleled safety.
A safety study in dogs demonstrated no adverse effects of Cosequin administration on blood work parameters, including complete blood count, biochemical, and clotting values.
Some dogs may experience a mild gastrointestinal upset such as that which occurs when switching foods. If this is the case, you can try offering Cosequin with a meal.
It is important to have your dog examined by your veterinarian if you notice the dog having difficulties climbing stairs, jumping into the car, going for walks or even getting
up. Your veterinarian can advise you if Cosequin can help. Your veterinarian may also suggest using Cosequin as a protective measure. This can be important for maintaining
an active life for many dogs, especially large breeds and working dogs of all sizes. Cosequin may also be used to help support cartilage following joint surgery.
Use in addition to the usual diet.
Initial administration period of 2 to 3 weeks, once or twice daily:
- Dogs under 12 kg: 1 capsule / day.
- Dogs from 12 to 25 kg: 2 capsules / day.
- Dogs from 25 to 50 kg: 3 capsules / day.
- Dogs over 50 kg: 4 caps / day.
After the initial administration period and the observation of improvement, the daily dose is gradually reduced by half to one less capsule per week, until finding the right balance for the animal depending on its condition and his activity.
Continue to the maintenance dose and renew several times a year.
It is recommended to increase the intake 2-3 days before peak activity (running, hunting, competition)