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Glucosamine question

Hello!  We took our boxers to the vet for a normal checkup and they told us that our male has arthritis.  They suggested Glucosamine and gave us a sample bag of treats that retail for $50!  My husband swears it is working for him, so we would like to continue using Glucosamine.  I am wondering if there is a cheaper way to give it to him, though.  Does anyone buy over-the-counter human glucosamine to give to their dogs?  I can get it at a good price at Costco.  Any suggestions would be very helpful!

Re: Glucosamine question

  • No personal experience for you, but I'd just start researching online, and run any ideas by your vet before putting them into practice.

    There are certainly joint-support supplements and treats out there that you can get for less money. Look around at the range of online pet retailers (;; even Amazon!) and see what they offer and how their prices compare. You've certainly got options to keep your boy healthy and happy without breaking the budget! 

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  • What did they suggest?  Dasequin? 

    As far as glucosamine supplements the brand does matter.  There are studies that show  (and this goes for human supplements as well) that some brands have zero glucosamine in them, some have the wrong "type", and some brands vary greatly from batch to batch.


    The only brand I trust is Nutromax- they have a human and animal line. This brand has research studies proving efficacy and quality controls in place to keep it consistent.  I used to be ambivilent but the evidence keeps pointing to Nutromax.  They have 2 products Cosequin DS and Dasequin.  They tout Dasequin as a step up from Cosequin but that is not exactly true.


    Cosequin DS is now OTC and is best for cartilage health, reducing the loss of cartilage and keeping what is there healthy

    Dasequin- is a better anti inflammatory.  It has some effect on the cartilage but not near the impact Cosequin has.  Dasequin must be purchased through a veterinarian.


    I have started recommending Cosequin DS  for cartilage health and Duralactin for pain and inflammation.  Both are nutritional supplements and not drugs and you can find both OTC.


    Make sure you get the Cosequin DS 

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  • Thank you girls!
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