Dasuquin is a joint support nutritional supplement that assists in treating arthritis in dogs.
How to use
Dasuquin comes in either a soft chew form or a chewable tablet form. Most dogs will eagerly consume them as is. Dasuquin comes in the original formula, a formula with added MSM, and an advanced formula that contains a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.
During the first four weeks of use, small dogs should be given one chew per day, and medium and large dogs should get two chews per day. After four weeks of treatment, the dose should be cut in half, although if desired, dog owners can continue to give the higher dose indefinitely.
Ingredients of Dasuquin for dogs
The original formula of Dasuquin for dogs contains glucosamine hydrochloride and sodium chondroitin sulfate, which when ingested together are believed to support cartilage health. In addition, it contains avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), which is basically a mixture of oils derived from avocados and soybeans. Consumption of this oil mixture has been clinically shown to reduce inflammation in the body. Inflammation is a key component of the arthritis process.
ASU has been clinically shown to slow down the cartilage breakdown process and, when combined with glucosamine and chondroitin, seems to be able to induce the repair of damaged cartilage. In Europe, ASU is available by prescription only and is often prescribed to humans to treat knee arthritis. In the US, ASU is considered to be a dietary supplement and is available without the need for a prescription.
Dasuquin with MSM
Dasuquin with MSM contains the ingredients found in regular Dasuquin, but it also contains methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). MSM provides sulfur, a necessary chemical, to the dog's body. MSM has long been known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and it can reduce an arthritic dog's pain within a few hours after consumption.
The advanced formula contains the same ingredients found in Dasuquin with MSM, but it also contains a cocktail of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents:
- Manganese ascorbate
- Boswellia serrata
- Curcuma longa
- Green tea extract
- Alpha-lipoic acid
The antioxidants manganese ascorbate and green tea extract act to further reduce inflammation in the dog's body. EPA and DHA are omega-3 fatty acids derived from fish or krill. Clinical studies have shown that these fatty acids can significantly improve the function of dogs with severe arthritis. Boswellia serrata is extracted from a certain species of tree and has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect. Curcuma longa is more commonly known as turmeric, which has been shown to have multiple benefical functions in the dog's body, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic functions.