Dasuquin for dogs suffering from arthritis and joint pain

Learn about the uses of Dasuquin for dogs, including the recommended dosage, safety guidelines and more.

Dasuquin is a supplement containing active ingredients effective in the treatment of arthritis and joint pain. These ingredients include avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), glucosamine and chondroitin. ASU has proven through studies to be effective in protecting cartilage and improving joint function. Aside from this, it potentiates the effects of glucosamine and chondroitin making them far more powerful. The formulation works by supporting cartilage production whilst inhibiting enzymes which break down cartilage in dogs.

Dasuquin dosage for dogs

Dasuquin for dogs is sold as different formulations for different sized dogs for easy dosing. Please see the table below:

Weight of dog
Dasuquin: Small to Medium Dogs Dasuquin: Large Dogs
0 – 9 lbs ½ tablet per day
10 – 29 lbs ½ tablet per day
30 – 59 lbs 1 tablet per day
60 lbs + 1 tablet per day

For the first 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with Dasuquin you should administer double the dosage, unless your dog weighs under 10 lbs in which case the dosage is the same. Once the first 4 to 6 weeks of treatment is complete you should administer the amounts listed above for maintenance.

Is Dasuquin safe for dogs?

Dasuquin is safe for dogs as it contains natural active ingredients. Side effects are rare and unexpected, and if any do occur they are usually very mild. You should tell your vet if you are considering beginning treatment with Dasuquin for your dog’s arthritis.

Safety precautions

  • Consider avoiding use in dogs with a shellfish allergy
  • Notify the vet if your dog suffers with diabetes or asthma
  • Avoid use in dogs with prostate cancer or dogs at high risk of developing the disease
  • Consider using pain relief medication in severe cases of arthritis
  • Consider avoiding use in dogs with blood sugar problems

Because glucosamine is often sourced from shellfish, you may choose to avoid administering this medication to dogs with a shellfish allergy. Despite this, side effects even in animals with such allergies are uncommon. You should also be aware that some studies have suggested glucosamine may alter blood sugar levels in the body though results are inconclusive. It is a good idea to talk to your vet before beginning treatment with this supplement.

Uses of Dasuquin for dogs

Dasuquin is a supplement useful for the treatment of:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint pain

In severe circumstances, you may wish to try a pain relief medicine such as carprofen to ease your pet’s discomfort.

Side effects of Dasuquin when given to dogs

Side effects of Dasuquin for dogs are unexpected and extremely rare. However, your dog may experience constipation/diarrhea, stomach upset and headaches. Dogs with asthma may experience worsening of the condition due to the inclusion of chondroitin and the mixture of chondroitin with glucosamine may lead to increased blood pressure and palpitations.

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