Cosequin is a supplement that is often used to help improve and maintain the health of joints. Cats with joint pain may get a recommendation from a vet to use Cosequin. But as with anything, it’s important to also consider any potential side effects as well, and to weigh them up against the possible benefits of using Cosequin.
Cosequin is often used as a prevention measure; that is, to help prevent cats experiencing pain in their joints. Joint pain leads to difficulty in movement and reduced activity, putting your cat at risk of other health issues like obesity.
What are the ingredients in Cosequin?
There are two main active ingredients in the supplement:
What is it used for?
Joint health is the most well known use for Cosequin. But it has another use as well: bladder health.
This isn’t just a random coincidence, but because the bladder wall inner lining contains a protective layer that contains some similar compounds to cartilage – which is what Cosequin helps with: maintaining the strength and structure of cartilage and helping to prevent its breakdown.
People do have a lot of more specific questions about what Cosequin can or should be used for though. The first thing to keep in mind however is that your cat should always have a doagnosis from the vet.
Treating a bladder or kidney health issue (or any health problem) purely by guesswork is not what we should be doing as caring cat owners.
So before using Cosequin, make sure your cat sees your vet and that you follow his or her treatment recommendations. Many vets go on to recommend Cosequin, depending on the health status of your cat.
Does Cosequin For Cats Have Any Side Effects?
Being a natural supplement, known side effects of Cosequin are rare. There have been some reports of cats experiencing gastrointestinal upset such as diarrhea in a small percentage of cats.
This is a risk with any type of supplement, and is the reason that you should speak to your vet before giving a supplement to your cat.
A cat with any underlying health issues can be at a higher risk of experiencing side effects.
Nutramax Cosequin For Cats Sprinkle Capsules
What are sprinkle capsules? These are capsules that can easily be split open, so the contents can be sprinkled on to your cats food.
Giving a cat a tablet by mouth can be stressful, difficult and exhausting (and potentially dangerous if they get really angry!) – sprinkle capsules let you avoid this unpleasant task.