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Glucosamine and Chondroitin (Cosequin®) for Cats and Dogs

Glucosamine (commonly known as Cosequin®) is used to treat arthritis and help promote mobility and joint health in dogs and cats. It is one of the most commonly used supplements in veterinary medicine. However, there is substantial controversy over the use of glucosamine and chondroitin in pets with arthritis and joint abnormalities. This is because this class of drugs is poorly regulated and there are limited studies with definitive results.

Overview of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate for Canines and Felines

Key points about glucosamine for dogs and cats include:

Brand Names and Other Names for Glucosamine

Uses of Glucosamine Chondroitin for Dogs and Cats

Precautions and Side Effects of Glucosamine in Dogs and Cats

How Glucosamine & Chondroitin Are Supplied

Can You Use Human Glucosamine Products for Dogs and Cats?

There are many human glucosamine products on the market. There is controversy over their use in dogs and cats. The ingredients and concentrations of human products are different and have not been tested to determine efficacy and safety in pets. Many human products are in a pill form and formulated for absorption in human gastrointestinal tracts. The dosage and composition are also different in human products.

The best product to use for your dog or cat is one that is created and studied specifically for that type of animal. Ensure any product you give your pet does not contain the artificial sweetener xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs and cats. Learn more about xylitol toxicity here.

Dosing Information of Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Dogs and Cats