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 aren't 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 dog's 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.
Dogs in need of joint care can enjoy this supplement as a capsule or in the form of a chewable tablet. No matter the form, each supplement contains both chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine. These two ingredients are necessary components for the body’s natural mechanism for repairing joints. Additionally, the supplement includes manganese ascorbate which can accelerate the affects of joint recovery when combined with chondroitin and glucosamine.
Cosequin has been shown to have no negative effects that can be determined by blood work. Additionally, the efficacy of this formula has been proven in clinical trials and affirmed by veterinarians everywhere; in fact, Cosequin is the #1 brand recommended by veterinarians. Users can expect to see improvements in their dog’s condition within 6 weeks of starting administration.
Other Joint Supplements
Although this supplement is among the most effective formulas on the market, there are many formulas that are strong enough for your pet at a reduced cost. As Cosequin DS was made with larger dogs in mind, smaller dogs could probably make due with other formulas from Nutramax, such as Dasuquin with MSM for Dogs. Like Cosequin DS, Dasuquin includes chondroitin sulfate in its formula to support cartilage production; however, it uses avocado/soybean unsaponifiables to protect cartilage instead of including glucosamine and manganese ascorbate.
Dasuquin is also available as both a chewable tablet and as soft chews to make administering them to your dog as painless as possible. For cats with joint problems there are also formulations of both Cosequin DS and Dasuquin that are made specifically for felines. For pet owners who would like to provide supplemental care to their pet’s supplemental nutrition, there are also treats and treatments that can be used in conjunction with Cosequin DS.
Dogs with joint problems can enjoy functional snacks like Bonies Joint Formula which also provides dental care. Additionally, orthopedic heating pads can reduce the pains of arthritis and relieve muscle tension. How do you care for your pet's joints? Let us know in the comment section!
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