Dasuquin for Joint Diseases in Dogs: Is it Really Helpful?

Dasuquin is a joint supplement prescribed for dogs who display symptoms of arthritis. The drug is known to be useful in delaying the progression of this degenerative joint disease. This Buzzle article tells you more about the utility and side effects of Dasuquin in dogs.
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Fact about Dasuquin for joint diseases in dogs
Important
It is important to pick the signs of joint disease as early as possible, so as to prevent your pet from undergoing suffering. Consult a vet if you notice a change in gait, or if your dog has become listless and disinterested in making movements, especially if s/he is aging. Early diagnosis of arthritis can go a long way in reducing the pain, and improving the quality of your pet's later years.

Arthritis can be caused by an autoimmune disorder or an injury, or even by degenerative problems affecting the joints. This painful condition affects the joints and reduces mobility to a great degree.

Joint supplements are a godsend in such cases―they not only provide relief from the pain, but can also tame the progress of this degenerative disease.

Dasuquin is one such supplement made of proprietary ingredients, which is known to protect cartilage and facilitate the smooth movements of the joints.

How Dasuquin Works
Dasuquin comprises avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU)―ingredients that are known to protect cartilage and joints, according to several verified studies. ASU combined with glucosamine and chondroitin blocks enzymes that promote breakdown of cartilage in the dog's body. Glucosamine is naturally found in the cartilage of both humans and animals, helping in the lubrication of joints by producing molecules that bind and hold water in the cartilage. A healthy and well-functioning cartilage provides the necessary padding, which helps protect the dog's joints during any movement.

Additionally, Dasuquin with methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) has proven to be helpful in relieving pain and inflammation associated with joint disease.

Recommended Dosage
Dasuquin is a non-prescription/OTC medication available as flavored, chewable tablets. These can be given as a treat or crumbled and mixed with food.

Dosage for the initial administration period of 4-6 weeks should be:
  • For small to medium dogs, weighing under 10 lbs, half a tablet/day can be given for a period of 4 to 6 weeks.
  • For mid-sized dogs weighing 10 to 30 lbs, giving 1 tablet/day should be fine.
  • For dogs weighing between 30-59 lbs, the ideal dose should be 2 tablets/day.
  • Large breeds weighing between 60-120 lbs can be given 2 tablets/day.
  • Suggested maintenance dose after the 6-week period should be half tablet/day for small dogs and 1 tablet/day for mid-sized as well as large dogs.
Side Effects of Dasuquin
Although there are no known side effects, there are certain health conditions wherein it can prove unsuitable.

Dasuquin is not a replacement for surgery or severe immobilization of the joints. It also cannot be used to treat infections in joints.

The effectiveness or dangers of the drug have not been verified on pregnant, breeding, or lactating dogs.

Do not give the medication to a dog suffering from asthma, as it may have adverse effects.

It is unsuitable for dogs suffering from diseases of the urinary tract or kidneys, along with diabetes. It is also unsuitable for dogs with a history of clotting disorders or those who are currently been given anticoagulant medications.

Dasuquin is an effective medicine, which provides relief from joint diseases. Although it is a non-prescription medication, it is better to use it only after consulting the veterinarian.

Disclaimer: This Buzzle article is for informative purposes only and should not be used as a replacement for the advice of a veterinarian.
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Published: April 4, 2014
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