Do old joints have your dog walking slower than they used to? If so, it might be time to consult their veterinarian for a treatment plan. While some veterinarians suggest medication or adjustments to physical activity, others might recommend supplements, like Dasuquin. But is Dasuquin right for your dog?
What is Dasuquin?
Dasuquin is a supplement available for dogs and cats. It can treat the following in dogs:
- Joint pain
- Joint inflammation
- Joint diseases
Dasuquin chews contain a combination of glucosamine, a compound found in supplements to treat various joint diseases, and chondroitin sulfate, a substance typically found in human and animal joints and cartilage that comes in supplement form to treat conditions such as osteoarthritis. Dasuquin also contains avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, or chemicals, which can assist joint pain, too.
Is Dasuquin safe for dogs?
Dasuquin might not be right for all dogs. Just like with any other supplement or medication, it is critical to first consult with a veterinarian before administering anything to your pet.
Dasuquin dosage may differ from one dog to another depending on age, weight and any medication(s) your dog takes and/or health conditions your dog has.
Dasuquin outlines a general dosing guideline as follows*:
- Small-medium dogs
- 10-29 pounds: 1 chew per day
- 30-59 pounds: 2 chews per day
- Large dogs
- 60-120 pounds: 2 chews per day
Dasuquin’s website also states this dosing schedule will typically last for four to six weeks. You should, however, confirm that this dosing schedule is safe for your dog.
*Dasuquin comes in two forms: Dasuquin Advanced for Small-Medium Dogs and Dasuquin Advanced for Large Dogs. Talk to your veterinarian for personalized dosing instructions.
Dasuquin’s website does not state any known side effects that could occur with the supplement. Having said that, there may be certain supplements, medications or medical conditions/factors that could interact negatively with this supplement. To ensure your dog’s safety is a top priority, make sure their veterinarian is up-to-date with your dog’s medical history.
While some dogs might benefit greatly from taking supplements, others might not. Joint pain and inflammation can also be treated with different medications or treatments. Talk to your veterinarian for a personalized treatment plan to best benefit your dog’s joint health.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice, nor can it replace the advice of a licensed professional.