Nutramax Cosequin DS Double Strength Chewables, 250 Count
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266 of 271 found the following review helpful:
We were considering hip replacement surgery Feb 08, 2006
February 8, 2006: We were considering hip replacement surgery for our 90 lb lab who was diagnosed with hip dysplaysia. Our vet recommended we try Cosequin DS first. We had tried similar products with no improvement and didn't expect this to work either. We were wrong. There was a marked difference in our lab's activity level within the first two weeks. Currently, he plays runs, and jumps with no pain. This product worked wonders for our dog.
UPDATE June 18, 2007: Cosequin did work wonders for our lab, but he also has Degenerative Myelopathy which was missed due to the hip dysplasia. We had never heard of this disease and didn't know the signs or symptoms to watch for. Please, if your dog is on a joint therapy product, search for Degenerative Myelopathy on the internet and familiarize yourself with the symptoms. As the disease progresses without treatment, your dog's chance for recovery and/or stabilization become less and less. The University of Florida has a lot of information on their website regarding this disease and a video depicting dogs in various stages of this disease.
43 of 44 found the following review helpful:
Can I take this stuff?..................... Jan 24, 2009
By Kapt K
This product is just magical.
After suffering repeated bouts of lameness in one/occasionally both hind knees caused by chasing critters in the back yard, our vet recommended that we take our 4 year old dog to see an orthopedic veterinary surgeon. Just like the old saw - to a man with a hammer everything looks like a nail - to a veterinary surgeon....
Oh yeah... Before he even examined the dog he was telling us all about the torn cranial cruciate ligaments and the Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO), which to me looks about as rough as a full knee replacement. The more I questioned him about the procedure, the more obvious it became that it was: A) Too radical for my dog B) At about $2800 per knee, much too expensive unless there was NO other option. Don't get me wrong, we love our dog and he gets whatever he needs but this procedure in addition to cost required lengthly confinement and rehab. I just couldn't see how it would work.
About this time I asked if he shouldn't examine the dog first. A quick wiggle of the hind leg and he was convinced that was the problem. He would have to anesthetize to fully confirm the diagnosis but he was certain that we were dealing with torn cruciate ligaments. If we wanted he could do the surgery while the dog was out. Nice.... but no thanks.
After 30 minutes or so he comes back and tells us that the ligament is partially torn so he has given our dog a shot of cortisone in the joint. " Might help but I still think he will need surgery".
Next day he is getting around without much of a limp. This is probably just the temporary anti-inflammatory effect of the shot. A week or two latter we return to our regular vet for one of the annual vaccinations. He asks how he's doing with the knee and I tell him much better but that we are being very careful to keep him from running hard and re-injuring the knee. Good he says and suggests that we also give him Cosequin DS.
That was about 3 years ago. We continue to discourage too much running but he still races around the yard, plays Frisbie catch, and has a great time. Gets one pill a day every day and is doing very well. Now on those rare occasions that he overdoes it and gets a little gimpy I'll give him a second tablet immediately. By the next day he's as good as new.
I wish I could find a human version that worked as well..............
By the way, Amazon's price is less than half what the Vet charges and it is available without a prescription. Highly recommended.
51 of 54 found the following review helpful:
Helped joint stiffness but caused vomiting... Feb 05, 2011
I gave this product to my 7 year old retriever for about 17 days but had to stop because it made her vomit. It did seem to help her joint stiffness, and she ate the tablets readily (which I mixed with her food). However, after a few days, she began to vomit several times a day within an hour or two of eating. My vet suggested I stop the cosequin to see if that would stop the vomiting--it did. I guess I'll look for another product that contains glucosamine/chondroitin and see if my dog can tolerate that.
39 of 42 found the following review helpful:
Woof Woof!! Jul 03, 2006
Have had our two 60 and 70 lb dogs on this now for about 6 months, marked improvment in our older dog. his left rear leg shaking has improved a great deal, much more like his old self. running and playing with the younder one. (and us) I recommend. as the other review says, does not hurt. and we think helps.
24 of 26 found the following review helpful:
AMAZING RESULTS!!! Nov 08, 2011
Nutramax Cosequin DS is amazing! This past summer I adopted a 5 year old Boxer/Pitt mix. He may not be that old, but had torn both his acls (before I got him). One was an old tear and had been left to heal on its own, the other had been surgically repaired. In general he gets around alright and is a very laid back dog and sleeps a lot. My vet flexed and examined all four of his legs and determined he has early arthritis starting in all four lets. Even with the arthritis she thought he was kind of lethargic for a 5 year old dog and thought maybe I should give Coesequin a try, to see if he was so inactive because his legs hurt. She said if the cosequin didn't help, we could try Rymadil.
He is a 73# dog so I started him on the loading dose of 3 tabs a day (2am and 1pm) for 5 weeks. Within 3 weeks I saw a huge difference in him! He was playing tug with our 2 year old lab/weimaraner mix, he was jumping onto our bed (in the past he would get his front paws up and we would have to lift his hind legs onto the bed), when we took him to the dog park he actually jumped over another dog his size... my boyfriend and I were in awe!
After 5 weeks we have dropped him down to 2 tabs a day (1am and 1pm) and give our lab/weimaraner mix (1/2am and 1/2pm) as maintenance doses. Both of them eat them up like treats and they are very easy to break in half! I have seen a huge difference with this product and would highly recommend giving it a try before trying more expensive medications.
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