Dasuquin's efficacy may be similar to that of NSAIDs in dogs (Sponsored by Nutramax Laboratories)
Nov 01, 2010
CUSTOM VETERINARY MEDIA
Owners and veterinarians often seek additional therapies for dogs with osteoarthritis (OA) that are safe and effective. Research has suggested that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate have beneficial effects in patients with OA, and avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) benefit humans with OA. We evaluated the effectiveness of Dasuquin®, a nutritional supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, ASU, and green tea extract in dogs with stifle OA.
Eight hound-type dogs with induced chronic (> 5 years) OA of a stifle were given either a placebo or Dasuquin® for 2 weeks. After a minimum 4-week washout period, the groups were switched. The primary outcome evaluation was the measurement of ground reaction forces (force plate analysis). Clinical parameters were also evaluated, including lameness scores, pain on palpation, comfortable joint range of motion (ROM), and stride length.