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Q. Is there a liquid joint supplement for my senior cat? His doctor recommended Dasugiuin but he refuses to eat any food I sprinkle it on.

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. EFA's can be given over food in the form of fish oils. The capsules can be snipped and squeezed onto the food, or there's a couple of brands (Wellactin and 3-V) that package their product in a pump bottle. As for PSGAG's, which are the supposedly active compounds in glucosamine and chondroitin, I don't know of any good liquid products, but ask your vet if he's familiar with using the injectable product Adequan in cats. It's not labeled for cats, but it's widely used, and I've had some great success with it. It's a subcutaneous injection that's given once a week for 4 weeks, then monthly.

Answered By
DR. MASSIMO ORIOLES, DVM, MRCVS

A. Cats diets and supplements usually contain combinations of essential fatty acids (EFAs) that are designed to reduce inflammation, and glycosaminoglycans (such as glucosamine and chondroitin) that are the 'building blocks' of the cartilage in the joint and designed to improve cartilage quality.

These diets and dietary supplements are generally very safe to use (but should only be used when recommended by your vet).

If they have an effect, it is likely to be relatively mild and so may perhaps help in early cases of arthritis or as part of a management plan using other drugs as well (like non steroidal

antinflammatories).


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