Cosequin - DS 250 Tablets with Cosamin ASU 60 Capsules Pack
CosequinDS 250 Tablets with Cosamin ASU plays an important role in maintaining optimal joint function. Healthy articular (joint) cartilage is crucial to joint utility. Cosequin helps support cartilage production and protect existing cartilage from breakdown. Cosequin is the only glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement that has been shown safe, effective, and bioavailable in peer-reviewed, published, controlled, U.S. veterinary studies. Cosequin is manufactured following standards similar to those practiced by the pharmaceutical industry.
- #1 Veterinarian recommended brand
- Available in both capsules and chewable tablets
- The only joint health supplement brand shown effective, safe, and bioavailable in published, controlled U.S. studies
The bond between humans and animals remains as strong as ever. This is expressed most clearly in the care and attention we lavish on our four-legged friends. Steady improvements in the quality of this care over the last few decades have led to a much higher quality of life for our animal companions. And just as some people need special care, so do some of our animal friends. Dogs age faster than humans do. That's why it's so important to talk to your veterinarian about any support your dog may need - including in the areas of joint health and liver support. We've got products that can help.
They at Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. care about your dog and the special bond you share. That's why they've developed products to help support your pet's health and wellness for years to come. They have products for joint health, liver support, digestive health, cardiovascular health, oxidative balance, skin and coat health, brain health, urinary tract health, multivitamin, and general health and wellness.
What is Cosequin for Dogs?
Cosequin is a patented, scientifically researched nutritional supplement dispensed by thousands of veterinarians to help dogs maintain healthy joints. As dogs age, it is common for their joints to become less flexible which impacts their mobility and quality of life. You may have noticed that your dog has difficulty walking up stairs or jumping on the bed. While he used to be eager to play, now he is content to rest. Even at younger ages some dogs are subject to joint health concerns which affect flexibility and mobility. Cosequin contains TRH122 chondroitin sulfate, FCHG49 glucosamine and manganese ascorbate. These ingredients have been scientifically formulated to support and maintain the health of your dog's joints. Published studies have shown that the specific combination of ingredients in Cosequin works together to maintain the structure of the cartilage in your dog's joints while inhibiting the enzymes that break down cartilage. It is very important to note that the published studies on Cosequin do not apply to other brands.
What is joint cartilage?
Cartilage is a slippery and resilient tissue produced and maintained by its own specialized cells. It cushions the surfaces where two or more bones meet to form a flexible joint. When a dog is in motion there is tremendous pressure on the joint. Cartilage, joint fluid, and underlying bone work together like a shock absorber allowing flexible joint function. Because cartilage lacks a direct blood supply, nutrients must pass into the cartilage from surrounding tissue. These nutrients sustain cartilage cells and provide the components necessary to maintain a healthy cartilage structure. Scientists are not sure about all the factors that cause cartilage breakdown; however, they have discovered enzymes that play a role in the process. With age, injury, or over-activity, the process of breakdown can exceed the process of replacement leading to problems in the joints. These problems result in less flexibility. That's when it's time for Cosequin which maintains the cartilage structure and inhibits the enzymes that break down cartilage.
How does Cosequin work?
The exclusive combination of TRH122 chondroitin sulfate, FCHG49 glucosamine, and manganese ascorbate in Cosequin works together to maintain the structure of your dog's joint cartilage while slowing the enzymes that break down cartilage. Glucosamine hydrochloride acts as a building block of cartilage by supplying a key nutrient that keeps cartilage cells healthy and functioning properly. Chondroitin sulfate blocks the enzymes thatbreak down cartilage. Manganese ascorbate is added to help optimize the production of cartilage components. Cosequin has been used since 1992 in animals to maintain joint health. While the ingredients have been used separately, published controlled studies show the patented combination of ingredients in Cosequin is superior to using the ingredients alone.
Is Cosequin superior to other joint health supplements?
Yes. On the label, different brands may appear to be the same, but unlike drugs, the ingredients in supplements are not equivalent. Cosequin, with its exclusive combination of high purity glucosamine, low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate and manganese ascorbate, is the only glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement that has been shown safe, effective, and bioavailable in peer-reviewed, published, controlled, U.S. veterinary studies. Chondroitin sulfate is a large molecule that is difficult to absorb. Low molecular weight means the particle size of the molecule is smaller and more easily absorbed by the digestive system than other less pure forms of chondroitin sulfate. While the low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate is more expensive, it is supported by published, controlled U.S. clinical studies for efficacy, safety and absorption. Cosequin is manufactured in the United States by Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. following manufacturing standards adopted by the pharmaceutical industry. Each batch of Cosequin is subjected to stringent quality control measures and meets label claim. However, a number of reports including a study published in the Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association showed that up to approximately 80% of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate brands did not meet their own label claim.
I give my dog a food that contains glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. Do I still need Cosequin?
Yes. None of the foods contain the researched combination of high quality ingredients in Cosequin. The amount of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate in dog food is often minimal. Even if these diets contained high quality glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, a large-breed dog would need to consume more than the daily requirement of food to obtain the amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate found in Cosequin DS. In addition, both glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate may degrade when subjected to the heat or extreme pressure in the manufacturing process of commercial dog food.
Can I give a supplement labeled for human use to my dog?
Many human glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplements use substandard ingredients, and, as noted earlier, studies have shown that many do not even meet their own label claim for the ingredients listed on the bottle. With Cosequin each capsule or convenient tasty chewable tablet contains exactly what is stated on the label. These trademarked ingredients have been shown to be safe and effective in pets.
When is the use of Cosequin recommended?
Early action is always the best advice. Different breeds of dogs age at different rates. With regular check-ups your veterinarian can talk with you about your dog's aging process. Your veterinarian may discuss weight control, selective use of medications, exercise and the administration of Cosequin. It is important to have your dog examined by your veterinarian if you notice the dog having difficulties climbing stairs, jumping into the car, going for walks or even getting up. Your veterinarian can advise you if Cosequin can help. Your veterinarian may also suggest using Cosequin as a protective measure. This can be important for maintaining an active life for many dogs, especially large breeds and working dogs of all sizes. Cosequin may also be used to help support cartilage following joint surgery.
My pet just started Cosequin. What should I notice?
Observe your dog closely, and notice whether he seems more comfortable performing everyday activities such as climbing up stairs, going for walks, or even getting up. Most people will observe gradual changes in their dog's comfort level. In a published survey of over 3,000 veterinarians, over 80% of dogs administered Cosequin improved significantly in their mobility, level of comfort, and attitude. Overall, the veterinarians rated Cosequin as good to excellent.
How long does Cosequin take to work?
Since Cosequin is a supplement and provides nutrients to maintain your dog's joint health, it works more gradually than drugs. Improvement on Cosequin can range from gradual to dramatic. Following the administration schedule on the label for your dog's weight, we recommend an initial administration period of four to six weeks. Some dogs may show a response in a shorter period of time.
Should I give Cosequin to all of my dogs?
Research in dogs administered Cosequin has shown that if Cosequin is given prior to an injury, the animal returns to normal function much more quickly. In light of this research, Cosequin is recommended to protect cartilage in dogs that are overweight, working breeds, and large breeds, as well as the average "weekend warrior." In order to gain the protective benefits of Cosequin in healthy animals, a low level of Cosequin may be used. The level for these pets varies, but the suggested maintenance level given every other day may be adequate.
Are there any side effects?
Cosequin offers unparalleled safety. A safety study in dogs demonstrated no adverse effects of Cosequin administration on blood work parameters, including complete blood count, biochemical, and clotting values. Some dogs may experience a mild gastrointestinal upset such as that which occurs when switching foods. If this is the case, you can try offering Cosequin with a meal.
Should I exercise my dog while he is on Cosequin?
Exercise is important for optimal joint function as well as weight control for the overall health of your pet. Joint movement is needed to circulate fluid around the cartilage as well as to bring nutrients and to remove waste products. It has been shown that when joints are immobilized, cartilage structures break down at a rapid rate. Consult with your veterinarian, but in most cases, moderate exercise is recommended. Walking on sand or another soft surface or even swimming will help circulate needed nutrients and reduce excessive stress to the cartilage. It is important not to push your pet but to exercise at a comfortable pace.
Frequently Asked Questions for Cosamin ASU
What is joint cartilage?
Joints are the junction between two or more bones. The ends of the bones are covered with cartilage which serves as a smooth, resilient cushion that allows the joint to move freely. Joints also have a synovial tissue lining that encloses them and secretes a lubricating fluid. The stability of the joint is supported by ligaments that connect bones to bones; and tendons that connect the ends of muscles to bone. Cartilage in the joint is produced and maintained by its own specialized cells. When you do even the simplest of everyday activities, there is tremendous pressure on your joints. The protective cartilage cushion and joint fluid work together like a shock absorber to allow for proper joint flexibility.
Why does cartilage break down?
There are many factors that lead to cartilage breakdown:
Cartilage lacks a direct blood supply. It relies on nutrients found in the joint fluid to nourish cartilage cells and maintain its structure. When this process is affected by one or more of the factors mentioned above, cartilage can break down to the point where it can no longer work efficiently.
How do I take Cosamin ASU?
Maintenance: Once desired effect is noticed, you may gradually reduce the number of capsules to maintain comfort level. Some individuals may respond sooner than others depending on the status of their cartilage and joint health. Once response has been seen, the number of capsules per day may be decreased to maintain comfort level. Some individuals on this lower level may wish to go back to four capsules a day during the weekends or times of increased activity. The maintenance level can also be used long-term to help maintain healthy joints. At any time, the number of capsules may be increased back to four capsules per day.
What should I look for when taking Cosamin ASU?
Individual improvement on Cosamin ASU can range from gradual to dramatic, with some individuals responding sooner than others. Cosamin ASU is a supplement providing key components to maintain your joint health; therefore, it works gradually. You should observe gradual changes in your comfort level. Give yourself time to respond. Look for subtle changes initially, such as an easier time going up and down stairs or getting out of a chair or bathtub and more comfort in daily activities, such as walking or any activity using your hands, knees, hips or back.
Are there any safety concerns with Cosamin ASU?
There are no known contraindications or known interactions between Cosamin ASU and any drug or nutritional supplement. If you have any condition or allergy that requires medical attention, you should always consult your physician before taking any drug or dietary supplement.
Cosamin ASU is an advanced proprietary formulation that combines NMX1000 avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) with Cosamin's FCHG49 glucosamine and pharmaceutical-grade TRH122 sodium chondroitin sulfate. For over a decade, Cosamin DS has served as the premium joint health supplement on the market. By combining the exclusive ingredients found in Cosamin DS with ASU, Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. has made the best even better.
Cosamin ASU is a dual synergistic formula: its specific combination of glucosamine and sodium chondroitin sulfate have demonstrated synergy in stimulating cartilage production,1 while ASU also acts synergistically with glucosamine.
- One of their newest discoveries and our most potent formula for people with joint discomfort.
- ASU (Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables) is derived from avocados and soybeans and has been shown in laboratory research to inhibit components that result in cartilage breakdown.
- Ingredients shown in laboratory cell culture studies to work better than just the combination of glucosamine + chondroitin sulfate
- Contains decaffeinated green tea for antioxidant health benefits.