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Cosequin / Joint Suport Supplements

Discussion in 'Cat Health' started by LTS3, Feb 28, 2019.

  1. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I was given a bottle of this by the vet today to help Emma's luxating patellas. She has no problem taking the powder mixed into food. Are there any other similar products that work better? I'm not interested in CBD products. Emma doesn't eat treats so anything that can be mixed into food is best.
     

  2. neely

    neely May the purr be with you Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I have used GlycoFlex for our dog for a similar purpose. It is also available for cats. I honestly don't know if it works better than what your vet recommended but it helped our dog. Good luck!
     

  3. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I've never used join supplements before so I don't know if the brand the vet gave me is the "best" one out there:dunno: I'll use the bottle up and see if it has any effect or not.
     

  4. m3rma1d

    m3rma1d NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Super Cat

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    I'm watching this thread because my arthritic Geneva will NOT eat her wet food when the Cosequin pill powder is mixed in

    She did love the SeaFlex treats for a time, until she didn't anymore.
    SeaFlex®
    But I do crumble them up into her dry food. Please don't tell her.
     

  5. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    The bottle says the pill can be given directly if a cat won't eat it mixed with food. A Pill Pocket would work for most cats. My cat doesn't notice the powder in her food.

    Catswell used to make a glucosamine jerky-like treat called Happy Hips. The brand has been discontinued but the company still makes Dogswell treats and supplements.
     

  6. verna davies

    verna davies TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Are you able to buy this in US?. Been told it works well.
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  7. daftcat75

    daftcat75 TCS Member Top Cat

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    I want to try Cosequin with Krista but I don't want to put her off her food. We tried GlycoFlex Plus for a week and it made a huge difference. But it also disturbed her stools enough that I needed to discontinue it. I'd like to try Cosequin to see if maybe she might still get improved mobility without hyper-motility.
     

  8. FeebysOwner

    FeebysOwner TCS Member Top Cat

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    I use Glyco Flex Plus for Feeby and it worked wonders pretty quickly. They are chew treats that can be broken up into multiple bites or crumbled to sprinkle on top of or mix with food. They contain glucosamine, chondroitin, and green lipped mussels. The instructions say to start with 2 treats per day for 4-6 weeks, but I was afraid to give her that much, so she has never gotten more than one a day - maybe that's why she didn't experience the stool issue that @daftcat75 had with Krista.

    She's been on Glyco for about 3 months, but I am a little concerned about long term effectiveness as I have noticed that her limp is back - very slight and random, but I can see it. She still jumps up on all of her favorite spots that she had abandoned before being given Glyco, so I hope that doesn't stop too. If it does, I will be sure to post about it on this site.
     
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  9. daftcat75

    daftcat75 TCS Member Top Cat

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    The other thing with GlycoFlex Plus is that it upsets her stomach. She would have bouts of stink-face like she did during IBD and pancreatitis. Even yesterday's half a chew caused a bonus poop and several bouts of stink-face. I promised her butt rest today. I think maybe we'll try Cosequin again starting tomorrow.
     
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  10. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    I'll keep an eye off for diarrhea and tummy issues. Emma has had one capsule so far.

    Not directly from the company's US site. Only the dog product is listed. Amazon lists the cat product through a third party UK seller and it's pricey.
     

  11. Noirele

    Noirele TCS Member Adult Cat

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    I had excellent results with Glupacur, which also has curcumin, a strong natural anti-inflammatory. I don't know if it's available outside Italy, I hope so: it's great, even better than cosequin in my personal experience
     

  12. LadyLondonderry

    LadyLondonderry TCS Member Adult Cat

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    I started giving my previous cat, who lived to 21+, Cosequin in her later years and it made a big difference for her in terms of mobility. It kept her running and jumping almost to the end. She accepted it with no objections when I mixed it into her wet food. I'm now thinking of trying it with Sylvie and am hoping she'll accept it — fingers crossed, because she can be fussy about her food.
     
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  13. Kflowers

    Kflowers TCS Member Top Cat

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    Sweet Gum takes the dasuquin, which is similar to the cosequin. She likes the taste on a bit of tuna. I'd give it to her on wet food, but she hates wet food. I've read it comes in two flavors, chicken and fish, but I buy it Chewy and they don't mention the flavor. It's made a world a difference in her. I hadn't realized how hunched she was, she seems to have had the arthritis from 5 weeks or less, we got her at 5 weeks, until she started taking it and straightened her back. Almost at once she stopped biting and scratching as much. The hissing at her stopped her attack biting, this stopped her biting when we had to pick her up.

    She had a bad reaction to the metcap, which is really supposed to be for dogs and is expensive. Cortisone is also expensive and can cause diabetes in cats, which happened to one of mine, and can cause Cushings, which it did to another of mine. The dasuquin, cosequin at least can't make them worse.
     
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  14. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    Emma was reluctant to eat her dinner with the Cosequin mixed in tonight. I guess it has some kind of taste to it? I had to sprinkle on some FortiFlora to get her to eat dinner and even then she didn't completely finish like she usually does. It wasn't much leftover so she got most of the Cosequin and I let Leroy clean the bowl.

    Dasequin is made by the same company that makes Cosequin. The products are pretty similar. I can't really tell what's different between the two :dunno:
     

  15. LadyLondonderry

    LadyLondonderry TCS Member Adult Cat

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    "Dasuquin capsules contain the same ingredients as Cosequin and add avocado/soybean unsaponifiables or ASU, and tea. The additional ingredients strengthen the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin, as well as providing antioxidants."

    Cosequin Vs. Dasuquin for Cats

    It doesn't sound like they're very different, though I don't know what ASU or tea tastes like to a cat's palate.
     

  16. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    That web site says Cosequin is available in fish and tuna flavors. Is that the capsules or the chew treats? Emma doesn't eat treats so anything in a treat form is out :rolleyes:
     

  17. LadyLondonderry

    LadyLondonderry TCS Member Adult Cat

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    I think that must refer to the chew treats. The Cosequin capsules (which I ordered earlier today) don't have any added flavor at all: https://www.chewy.com/nutramax-cosequin-capsules-joint/dp/101450
     

  18. LTS3

    LTS3 Thread Starter TCS Member Staff Member Forum Helper

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    The capsules have "natural flavor" whatever that is. Hopefully it's not chicken because Leroy can't eat chicken. The small amount he eats hopefully won't cause an IBD flare up:paranoid:
     
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  19. Tobermorey

    Tobermorey TCS Member Top Cat

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    I use the maximum strength Cosequin for Lily and Iris, both 14. They had begun to limp noticeably about a year ago, and after I started them on Cosequin, they improved quite a bit. Lily eats anything and everything, but Iris is picky and she doesn’t seem to notice it when I mix it in her food. The best price I’ve found is online from Costco.

    Lily was having trouble squatting to pee. See below for pic showing what her pee looked like. After a couple of weeks on Cosequin, her pee was back to being round clumps.

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  20. sidneykitty

    sidneykitty TCS Member Alpha Cat

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    I recently started my Amber (14) on Liquid Health Pets Joint Purr-Fection. I like it because I don't want to be adding any more powders to her food, she's getting enough already. It is beef flavored.

    I'm not sure about its efffectiveness yet as she hasn't been on it long and hasn't been getting in consistently due to still trying to encourge her to eat her wet food, but that's another story. :)
     

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