of Cosequin Reminds Pet Owners to watch Fido and Fluffy for
Signs of Poor Joint Health
Has your cat had trouble lately jumping on the counter? Does
your dog just lie there when you throw a ball rather than
chase after it? If so, your pet could be suffering from achy
and stiff joints. During National Be Kind to Your Pet Week
May 5-11, Nutramax Laboratories, the maker of CosequinÒ,
a patented, scientifically researched glucosamine/chondroitin
nutritional supplement dispensed by thousands of veterinarians
to help dogs, cats and horses maintain healthy joints, is
reminding pet owners to check their pet for signs of hip and
As dogs and cats age, it is common for their joints to become
less flexible, impacting their mobility and quality of life.
Pet owners may have noticed that while their pet used to be
eager to play, he or she is content to rest. Even at younger
ages some pets are subject to joint health concerns that affect
flexibility and mobility. Pet owners should watch their animals
for behavioral changes and symptoms of the joint problems
- Apparent stiffness
- Limping or favoring a limb (especially after sleeping
- The inability to rise
- A reluctance to jump
- A reluctance to climb stairsJonathan Kaufman, DVM, Chief
of Staff at Eastern
Animal Hospital in Baltimore, said that in addition to skin
and gastrointestinal problems, joint problems are one of he
most common reasons pet owners bring their animals to the
“Eastern Animal Hospital routinely advises the use
of Cosequin to help reduce additional damage and pain in our
patients recovering from orthopedic surgery, in the general
treatment of degenerative joint disease and as a preventative
for very athletic pets,” Dr. Kaufman said.
Joint pain is very common in many of the larger breeds of
dogs and as all dogs age, they can experience a degeneration
of the smooth cartilage that protects the bony surface of
their joints. Cats see many of the same problems as dogs.
In fact, a recent study from Journal of the American Veterinary
Medical Association showed that 9 out of 10 cats over the
age of 12 have joint problems.
The supplement works by maintaining the structure of a dog
or cat’s joint-cartilage and by slowing the enzymes
that attack cartilage. Cosequin is the #1 Vet Recommended
Oral Joint Health Supplement* and has been prescribed for
dogs, cats and horses since 1992. It was the subject of positive
clinical studies, the results of which do not apply to other
“Early action is always the best advice. With regular
check-ups your veterinarian can talk with you about your pet’s
aging process,” Dr. Estelle Ward, a veterinarian at
Eastern Animal Hospital, said.
Whenever you notice limping, stiffness, or a reluctance to
jump, it is important to have your pet examined by your veterinarian.
Your veterinarian will advise you if Cosequin can help. Joint
problems generally get worse with time. When your veterinarian
recommends Cosequin, the sooner it is started, the more opportunity
your pet will have to respond and return to normal activity.
* According to a study published in the Journal of the American
Veterinary Medical Association