Hi All. Butch is going to the vet on Friday. His left leg has been giving out on him every now and then. He was on Cosequin (spelling?) which is a joint supplement, then around 6 months ago I thought to get him the injection that does the same thing. Well, I only got him the injection in his left leg, and now that leg seems to be weak. Don't know if there is any relation to the injection making the leg weak or not, but I'll have to find out. I need to get something for his hind legs to make them stronger.
Cosquein(?) is a very expensive remedy. You can use a drug called etogesic which does basically the same thing. It strenghtens the cartilage and muscle around the joints. Etogesic also has a pain reliever in it. have used it on my collies and great danes and it really does work.
Etogesic is a non-steroidal antiinflammatory pain reliever. It does not work the same as Cosequin.If I am not mistaken, Cosequin works to replace lost synovial fluid in the joints which is what causes most symptoms of pain in arthritic dogs and cats. If Cosequin is cost prohibitive for you , Costco has a human product called Cosamine that you can use. If not, my vet carries a product called GLC 1000 which is the same as Cosequin only in a powder form instead of a capsule. I do also believe the milligram strength in the GLC is higher then that of the Cosequin.
I'm sorry, I have to correct you on this one....The supplement is called glucosamine, and it usually paired up with chondroitin sulfate. They are normally present in the body at moderate levels.
Glucosamine is a form of amino sugar that is believed to play a role in cartilage formation and repair. Chondroitin sulfate is part of a large protein molecule (proteoglycan) that gives cartilage elasticity.They are extracted from animal tissue: glucosamine from crab, lobster or shrimp shells; and chondroitin sulfate from animal cartilage, such as tracheas or shark cartilage.
What i suggest, as for dogs i dont know, but to all my patients i recommend pure Shark cartilage. It is a bit more expensive, yes, but health is not a penny pinching issue. Shark cartilage works faster than glucosamine and chondroitin. Shark cartilage take affect in the body in about 3 to 4 months where as glucosamine can take up to 6-8 months.
I do not know if it is ok for dogs to be given as a supplement, I am not a vet. But logically, if glucosamine is fine.. then the shark cartilage should be fine as well.....its derived from the same place. But make sure to check the dosage allowance, the pills for human are huge and I believe they come in 150 - 500mg/tab.
I plan on starting my dog on shark cartilage once he hits about 2 or 3 to prevent dysplasia, and arthritis.
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I have given glucosamine chondroitin along with etogesic. True health should not be a penny pinching type of treatment but I do rescue and have 8 dogs of my own. My vet approved the combo of the two but my collies that need it get upset stomachs from the combo. Etogesic is a prescription med and your vet can give you a prescription. They cost about 40 to 50 cents a pill. My big guy weighs 112# so he gets 1 1/2 but the others get just one.