Since my lab had a TPLO last year we have been giving him Cosequin...as directed by his surgeon, but now our vet wants us to switch to Platinum Performance Ortho-Chon. Platinum Performance does not put the mg ingredients on their webpage or in their catalog so I can't compare the two. Has anyone used both? Does anyone have a preference? I'm not sure what to do. Thanks for any advice!
I'm not usually into "brand names," but I would stick with the Cosequin, especially if that was what was recommended by the orthopedic surgeon...after all, s/he is the "specialist" in joint disease and has probably seen a lot more dogs (and how they do) on a lot more types of glucosamine supplements than your regular vet. Nutramax, the makers of Cosequin (and Cosamin for people) have done some pretty extensive testing that has shown that it seems to be better absorbed than many of the other brands.
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That's exactly my sentiment as well, which I developed from Jes's ortho vet's opinions mainly. Especially in terms of pet supplements, it's pretty much an unregulated industry. Consumer Reports and Consumer Labs did tests determining the potency and accuracy of the labels and Costco's Kirkland supplement came in first in the Consumer Reports test and Cosequin came in first in Consumer Lab's test.Originally Posted by CaliforniaLabLover
I'm not aware of any studies regarding Kirkland's absorption, but I do know there is at least one that claims Cosequin is the most highly absorbed pet supplement. It is expensive, but I'm sticking with Cosequin for now. There is a vet in Louisiana that sells a 650-count bottle for about $155 on eBay(I think shipping is included in that price) and that's where I get Jes's. You may look into that and see if it's cheaper.
I use osteo bi-flex and just started supplementing with Dogzyme's CCM Plus with my older, arthritic gal.