While gathering some information for this post, I came across Dasuquin’s FAQ section of their site. And as it turns out, they have broken things down beautifully and answered so many questions that I was planning on addressing. So, for the sake of simplicity, I’m going to give you all that information here. Removing the middle man, as it were! So, here it goes!
So, what is Dasuquin? “Dasuquin from Nutramax Laboratories Veterinary Sciences, Inc. is a joint health supplement for dogs that goes beyond standard glucosamine supplements. It contains NMX1000®* avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU), decaffeinated tea, FCHG49®* glucosamine hydrochloride, and TRH122®* low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate in a tasty chewable tablet. It is the most complete joint support supplement available.”
Here is some information on some of these ingredients, previous posts have not touched upon.
What is ASU, and how does it work? “ASU stands for avocado/soybean unsaponifiables, an ingredient concentrated directly from avocados and soybeans that is used for joint health. ASU has been shown to improve joint function and comfort levels. Studies using cartilage cells have shown that ASU lowers the expression or production of several compounds involved in the process of cartilage breakdown in joints. ASU complements the positive effects of the other active ingredients in Dasuquin. The glucosamine in Dasuquin is synergistic with low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate and has been shown in cartilage cell studies to be synergistic with ASU. Of note NMX1000® avocado/ soybean unsaponifiables, FCHG49 glucosamine hydrochloride and TRH122 low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate together were shown in cell studies to be better than the combination of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate alone at inhibiting expression of several agents involved in the breakdown of cartilage. The highly absorbable tea is rich in antioxidants, which have a positive effect on cartilage as well as on overall body defenses.’
My dog has been taking a joint health supplement product, how is Dasuquin different? “Dasuquin is a joint health supplement containing the powerful ingredient ASU along with the optimal amount of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for your pet. ASU works along with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate to support your pet’s joints. In fact, cell culture studies have shown that the combination of glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate plus ASU works better than glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate alone. Tea is included for additional wellness support and benefits making Dasuquin the most comprehensive joint health formula available. Try it and see the difference in your best friend.”
What role do the glucosamine hydrochloride and low moleculer weight chondroitin sulfate play? “The combination of the trademarked FCHG49 glucosamine hydrochloride and TRH122 low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate supports cartilage production and helps block enzymes in joints that break down cartilage. These ingredients together have been shown in published studies to protect joint cartilage better than either ingredient alone. A greater than additive effect, known as a “synergistic” effect, on cartilage cells was seen using this glucosamine and low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate together.”
Now, the next question I get the most is why do you recommend Dasuquin Advanced over the original formula? Again, they have some great information on their site that makes it all clear. Here is how they break it down:
We have over 20 years of experience developing our joint health supplements and researching advanced joint health ingredients. Dasuquin Advanced is our most complete joint support supplement available for dogs. It contains the same trusted ingredients:
- NMX1000®▲ Avocado/Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU)
- FCHG49®▲ Glucosamine Hydrochloride
- TRH122®▲ Chondroitin Sulfate
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)
found in original Dasuquin, the #1 veterinarian-recommended joint health supplement brand*, plus manganese ascorbate and a proprietary mix containing:
- Boswellia serrata extract
- NMXCC95™▲ Curcuma longa extract
- Green tea complex
- Alpha-lipoic acid
- EPA and DHA (soft chews only)
These ingredients provide a multimodal approach to supporting and protecting your dog’s joint health by:
- Stimulating production of cartilage matrix components
- Inhibiting mediators and enzymes that break down cartilage
- Providing antioxidant support
Dasuquin Advanced is a great option and our hospital has personally had great success with it. All of this great information just adds to our repertoire and hopefully arms you with what you need to make the best decision for your pets. Til next time!
contributed by Erin Toman