Dasuquin is a chewable supplement developed by Nutramax Laboratories for joint health. Owners of dogs who suffer from joint problems, including osteoarthritis and dysplasia, are able to obtain Dasuquin for their dogs through a veterinarian.
Dasuquin combines a proprietary combination of glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulphate, decaffeinated tea and ASU (avocado/soybean unsaponifiable).
Mechanism for Action
Dasuquin's proprietary combination of ingredients has been shown to work against cartilage breakdown. A study in the Journal of Rheumatology revealed that ASU not only inhibited the breakdown of cartilage, but also promoted repair. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are known to have anti-inflammatory properties which may reduce pain. Additionally, the tea polyphenols help to counteract the damaging effects of free radicals in the body.
Indications for Use
Dasuquin is often prescribed for dogs who are suffering from degenerative joint problems, including pain and lameness. Dogs who suffer from arthritis and dysplasia can have significant amounts of pain that degrade quality of life.
Dasuquin is well tolerated by dogs. There are no known drug interactions and few, if any, side effects to note. Although rare, some dogs have shown intolerance to the avocado in Dasuquin and may experience mild stomach upset. The ASU combination has been studied extensively by the French government with no significant contraindications found.
Overall, Dasuquin is a safe and effective joint supplement for dogs. Dogs suffering from degenerative joint problems should tolerate this supplement well, and the supplement's lack of drug interactions makes it a logical choice for dogs currently on other medications.