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Author Topic: What arthritis products have you used successfully for cats?  (Read 2537 times)
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« on: November 10, 2011, 06:08:10 AM »

My 14 1/2 year old cat Isis has been diagnosed with moderate hip arthritis.  The vet gave me some big glucosamine chondroitin capsules that I am to open, divide 6 ways, and add one portion (one-sixth of a capsule) to her food each day. 

I'm looking for an easier method, ideally a tasteless powder that I can simply measure out rather than opening and dividing capsules.

I tried the Zuke's Hip Action cat treats (I used to use these for another elderly cat), which Isis accepted well at first, and they seemed to help.  But after the bag had been open a week or two, she would not accept them any more.

Does anyone here have a recommendation for a product, ideally made in the USA?

Thanks.
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« Reply #1 on: November 10, 2011, 06:41:14 AM »

I use Glycoflex for Otto - he has mild front elbow joint arthritis.  Although not US made, it's green-lipped mussel from New Zealand - one reason I chose it over several other supplements which couldnt tell me where all the ingredients came from.
The loading was 2tabs/day for the first 6 weeks, then 1tab.  They smell quite yeasty to me - bit like Vetzymes if you even had them.  He will often eat them as a treat, on days he doesnt I break it in bits and mix it in his food.
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« Reply #2 on: November 10, 2011, 07:33:56 AM »

I second Glycoflex from Vetriscience:

http://www.vetriscience.com/dog-cat-horse-products.php
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« Reply #3 on: November 10, 2011, 12:02:48 PM »

catbird, Im sorry to hear about Isis arthritis.  I hope you can find something that she will take and is easy to give, both not easy challenges in some of our kitties. 
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« Reply #4 on: November 10, 2011, 01:34:30 PM »

I'm very sorry to learn that Isis has arthritis. Years ago Drs. Foster and Smith made a powdered glucosamine product. We only used it briefly (kitty's stiffness of hind legs was actually due to diabetes) so I can't say for sure that it was a good product long term. But, I did find they have a chewable glucosamine cat treat now, and quite a few other products for joint care. I don't have any experience at all with these new products, maybe someone does and can comment?

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3261+1955+23306&pcatid=23306

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« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2011, 02:51:30 PM »

For those of you who use the chewable products, do you know if they stay reasonably soft after opening?  That was the problem Isis had with the Zuke's, I think--once they got a little too "stiff", she didn't want them.
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« Reply #6 on: November 10, 2011, 06:15:05 PM »

Grub liked the Glycoflex II soft chews, for a couple of weeks.  Then they weren't so soft, and she didn't want them.

Today, my vet gave us DVM feline joint gel, for the boys (for the EFA's).  Unfortunately, it seems to be a Teva product.  But they like it, on the first try.

https://dvmfelinejointgel.com/

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