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Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM Chewable Tablets for Dogs
- Provides complete joint health brand for dogs
- With MSM, a naturally occuring, organic, sulfur-containing compound
- Formulated from more than 10 years of clinical use and research
- Ideal for dogs over 60 pounds
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Dasuquin with MSM is a new breed of joint health supplement in a tasty chewable tablet for dogs that goes beyond standard glucosamine supplements. It contains avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, or ASU, fortified with green tea, combined with glucosamine hydrochloride, MSM and low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate. It is the most complete joint support supplement available. Dasuquin with MSM is a non-prescription (OTC) product available as flavored, chewable tablets.
Size: Large Dog (Over 60 lbs) | Unit Count: 150
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We have two beagles, now 11 and 13. The younger one started to slow down significantly about 2 years ago. He also became much hairier and was constantly seeking heat. The vet ran some tests and determined he had an underactive thyroid. We put him on thyroid medication and got his levels back to where they should be. Unfortunately, his energy and flexibility only improved slightly. He was still noticeably lethargic, loved laying in the Texas sun (even with the extra hair), and didn't have much motivation for his usual long walks.
The vet recommended glucosamine with MSM as some quick physical tests showed stiffening of his joints and tenderness in his back. The vet cautioned that since glucosamine is a supplement, it isn't regulated (read: no clinical trials required). Therefore, some glucosamines are as effective as a placebo. They recommended seeking guidance from a pharmacist or talking to other owners. I saw this as an opportunity to look into the rich reviews from Amazon.com.
I started off with a liquid glucosamine product. It had great reviews. Not only was it messy, but the dogs hated it. Yes, I proactively started giving it to our older dog, too. After the first bottle, I didn't see much of a difference. I tried a popular glucosamine pill after that and again, no difference.
We also tried a milk-based anti-inflammatory supplement as we had read that this may help. It did, but it was short-lived.
We started to wrap our heads around the fact that this might be the beginning of the end. Our dog continued to be lethargic, stiff, and almost depressed. He used to love taking 2+ mile walks and playing in the yard. He did none of this now. It was really depressing to watch.
Again, back to Amazon, I did a lot of research and found Dasuquin with MSM. The reviews were glowing and the price was high. Naturally, I was skeptical that this new generation of joint care would be any different. I committed and started him on the "loading cycle."
After about 7 days, our old dog started to come back. His desire for walks started to return, he would hang out in the yard, and his confidence improved. At about 2-3 weeks (as the loading cycle completed and we moved to the maintenance cycle), his condition improved even more. At one month, he was about peaked. He now is the first one in-line for walks, wants to stay out the longest, will play in the yard all day, and is confident in doing so. It's like having a 2 year old dog again.
Now, after 14 months, we have him and his older brother on a strict maintenance of Dasuquin. Everything is the same as it was at a month in. He is 11 and is doing great. My sense is that as he started to feel better, he became more active. When he was more active, he built up his muscle tone. With increased muscle tone, he was able to be active and flexible and feel good about it. All in all, he is confident, happy, and active.
I really couldn't be happier with this product.
More recently I sold my brother-in-law on it for his 5 year old English Bulldog. His dog developed tender and sore back legs (common) and began to do less exercise due to discomfort. His experience was almost identical. Results at 1 week, improving up to 4 weeks, peaking and continuing for the past 6 months. He is very happy.
Most recently, I turned my mom onto it for her 11 year old German Shepherd with similar joint weakness and discomfort. After just 5 days, she is reporting that her dog has shown a big increase in energy and flexibility. She has been very happy so far and I expect that to continue.
All in all, I am extremely pleased with this product. It is one of the very few products I will sell people on. I believe in it wholeheartedly. It truly changed the life of our dog and we are very grateful to have found it.
Just recently, I spoke to a new veterinarian who recommended the Dasuquin. It was pretty pricey, but I knew I needed to try it. I did research the ingredients first, and it appears that their "magic" ingredients are; Glucosamine, Chondroitin and Avocado/Soybean Usaponifiables. Well, okay...I guess it added the ASU - and I had not tried that yet, so I decided to go for it. What did I have to lose, except $85?
I have followed the recommended dosage and given this a full 2 months to work. I have noticed absolutely no difference. I wish he could tell me if he feels any different, but by all appearances, he seems the same. I originally tried to taper off of his original regimen to see if the Dasuquin would work better just by itself. He definitely seemed to struggle when I withheld the original Glucosamine that I had him on, so I have simply added the Dasuquin to the mix. He simply went back to the same that he was prior to beginning the Dasuquin. Sadly, I cannot say that the addition of the Dasuquin has changed anything for us.
My point? I am not doubting this product would have given me results - had he not already been on the supplements already. I just believe there is a more cost effective way to get very similar results. If money isn't an issue, or you do not have a membership to Costco or another warehouse, etc., this product might be your best option. However, if you are on a budget, or want to supplement more than one dog, you can purchase Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM substantially less than the cost of this product. I purchase Kirkland brand (i.e. COSTCO) "Extra Strength" Glucosamine HCI (1500mg) with the MSM (1500mg) already added to it. These are only pennies each. I also purchase my fish oil through Kirkland. Again, pennies each. (I've also given him Chondroitin in the past, but didn't seem to notice a dramatic difference when eliminating it).
I had also hoped that having a "liver flavored" supplement would eliminate the need to hide the pills in "pill pockets"/hot dogs/other foods. Not with my pooch. He doesn't care for the taste of the Dasuquin (the little stinker!)and immediately spits them out - so I still have to disguise them. :(
All this being said, I cannot give a 5 star rating. I also refuse to give it a 1 star rating, as I believe that it would be helpful to a pet that has not already tried a Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM regimen. As for myself, I find it unlikely that I will purchase a second bottle, as I feel that I had already found a cost effective regimen that gives the same results. However, I do promise to update my comment if it seems like his condition worsens when the bottle of Dasuquin runs out.
ON A SIDE NOTE (for those with dogs in significant discomfort): I would definitely steer clear of Rimadyl - as it will trash your dogs liver. I highly suggest adding the Fish Oil capsules (excellent for their joints, heart and hair!), even if you are sticking with the Dasuquin. Ask your vet about the dosage. I am not a vet, but would also suggest if you are nearing the end of your pets life, and simply trying to keep them comfortable - to consider either Tramadol, Meloxicam or both together. I have had good results with both of these on several older dogs. They are usually available at local grocers pharmacies and are very affordable (large bottles on their $6 list!). However, be sure to add some Milk Thistle capsules to your regimen (to help cleanse their livers). Most vets highly recommend the Milk Thistle for this very reason. Yes, it ends up being a lot of supplements, but I believe that the results are worth it.
*****Follow up****** I did stop using this product when I ran out. I decided instead that I would try adding the Chondroitin to my dogs supplements. I began adding Kirkland's Glucosamine and Chondroitin. As suspected, I have not noticed any difference in his behavior or comfort level after stopping the Dasuquin. It is disappointing that Dasuquin is charging pet owners $85 a bottle, when I was able to purchase a bottle of 220 "Clinical Strength" Glucosamine/Chondroitin tablets at Costco for $19.99. I am not a vet, and cannot recommend dosages, etc., but if you have a vet worth their salt, they should be able to advise you on the appropriate dosage for your dog. Determine how much Glucosamine and Chondroitin they suggest for their breed/weight and shop around (please be aware that more is NOT better and you can actually increase their pain with too high of a dosage!). I firmly believe that you can custom fit your own comparable supplements for significantly less.
It is a worthwhile buy to me and do recommend others use this,it isn't a "wonder"item and takes a few doses to start working but you will see a difference.