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Old 09-06-2012, 10:28 PM
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cosequin vs dasuquin

Niko started limping a while back and the vet said that they thought it was very mild/early arthritis and gave me Dasuquin with MSM for Niko.

While he was doing 2 a day he was MUCH better and the limping was all but gone. He has been down to 1 a day for about a week now and he limps a tiny bit at the beginning of our morning walks again (past 2 mornings).
(I massage his leg when he does and it seems to make it better or is he just hiding it more after he knows I notice it? Do massages help arthritis or no? any special ones I can do?)

So now starting tomorrow he is going back to 2 a day again for now, I have a vet appointment tomorrow at 2pm for Niko to get his 3 year booster and will verify with them that this is ok for long term use (2 a day) and see if they also carry Cosequin or a cheaper option for Dasuquin...

The package I get is about $50 for 84 soft chews and I found Cosuquin DS on amazon for $60 for 250 count.

I had never heard of Dasuquin before my vet recommended it but have read good things about Cosequin from news stories on zoo animals... ect

Which do you think is better Cosequin DS:
Amazon.com: Nutramax Cosequin DS Double-Strength Chewable Tablets - 250 Count: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Nutramax Cosequin DS Double-Strength Chewable Tablets - 250 Count: Pet Supplies


or Dasuquin with msm(going to buy these offline most likey for the better price if i go with these...):
Amazon.com: Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM for Large Dogs - 150 Tablets: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM for Large Dogs - 150 Tablets: Pet Supplies


Or Dasuqin with no MSM:
Amazon.com: Nutramax Dasuquin for Dogs Over 60 Pounds - 150 Tablets: Pet Supplies Amazon.com: Nutramax Dasuquin for Dogs Over 60 Pounds - 150 Tablets: Pet Supplies

-I dont even know what MSM is or what is does...

Bottom line I want Niko to stop limping and enjoy his life, he is only 3 1/2 Im so sorry for him that he already has to deal with this.
Which of the 3 choices do you think is best and why?

Cosequin is cheaper but is it as good?? (made by the same company if im not mistaken..) I am strapped for cash but Niko is my priority, I want to get the best option I can for him. He deserves nothing less.
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They are pretty much the same thing.

And it's a vitamin supplement essentially, so two a day long term would be fine. However, I still think something else is going on there that he's so young and limps so much... ?
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I dont like either formula, one because of the coloring in it. I think dyes are very harmful to our dogs and the other depending on the container has BHA in it, which is a harmful preservative. I have always used the one from Trader Joes with great success. My hound is on it every day and has been since the vet said he had arthritis.
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I still think something else is going on there that he's so young and limps so much... ?
He stopped limping though when he was getting 2 a day, he didnt limp once on our morning walk for almost a full month... and cant arthritis start at any age? He did grown FAST, he was the size of a 6 month puppy at 4 months and has always had lots of exercise, maybe too much too young?

What else could be going on?
I tested for Lyme and that was negative.
Couldnt be a sprain or broken bone because it comes and goes...

Only other thing I can think of is maybe a weakness from the dewclaw surgery and he will just have a weak joint from it now (so either of these would help that too right?) but there is no way to test for that.

OR

he has a joint that "pops out" of place or dislocates and then fixes itself. But again no way to test for that unless it was "out" at that exact moment...

If you think I should be asking for a certain test or exam let me know
What do you think it could be instead?
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[quote=AmandaB;247092]He stopped limping though when he was getting 2 a day, he didnt limp once on our morning walk for almost a full month... and cant arthritis start at any age? He did grown FAST, he was the size of a 6 month puppy at 4 months and has always had lots of exercise, maybe too much too young?

Good article on the subject. If the glucosamine/chondroitin is working I would continue every day to help repair and give relief from the pain.
Arthritis In Dogs | Dog Arthritis Symptoms and Treatment
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Thanks for the article dawnben I will read it after this post.

For once my record keeping pays off I found Niko's growth chart for age

Born 3/5/09

5/11/09 14.90lbs -2 months old
7/15/09 33.20lbs -4 months old
9/17/09 44.50lbs -5 months old
10/3/09 48.00lbs -6 months old
11/13/09 54.50lbs -7 months old
9/24/10 61.20lbs
7/29/11 63.48lbs
today he is about 64lbs
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It does seem like he grew fast.

Left front leg, correct?
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Correct.

Any ideas on what you think it would be if its not arthritis?

I really wish this was just a 100% yes he has it or no he doesnt...
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I've been thinking elbow dysplasia-- not sure if I brought that up with you already.

Could have secondary arthritis already.
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... and x-rays may diagnose that if that's the case. A good ortho exam probably will as well.
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