Adequan Canine Review
Adequan Canine is a part of a drug class known as Disease-Modifying Osteoarthritis Drugs, or DMOAD. It’s injectable and is the only drug of its kind that is FDA approved. Adequan has proven through clinical studies to give relief from pain. It also changes the cycle of the disease, stimulates repair to cartilage, and slows down damage to the joints, all while relieving the pain osteoarthritis causes.
The generic name for Adequan is Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan, or PSGAG, Solution. It is only available through a prescription so your veterinarian will need to diagnose your dog and determine if Adequan is the best medication for him. Adequan Canine 100 milligrams per milliliter comes in a box with 2 5 milliliter vials. A typical dose for dogs is 2 milligrams per pound and is administered only by intramuscular injections 2 times a week. This can be done up to 4 weeks. Don’t mix this drug with any other chemicals or medications.
Adequan should be given only as instructed by your veterinarian. If you have any questions about the process, be sure to ask your vet or pharmacist to go over things with you again until you understand it fully. You should contact your vet if you find you have problems administering the medication. If you forget a dose, give it as soon as you remember. However, if it is already nearly time for the next scheduled dose, just wait and give that one. Never give 2 doses at once of Adequan.
Your veterinarian should be aware if your dog has any type bleeding disorder, kidney or liver disease, or if your dog is breeding, pregnant or lactating. Adequan is not recommended for use on dogs under these conditions. There can be harmful consequences in these cases.
Adequan has few side effects but there are some that you should be aware of in case your dog develops them. Nose bleeds or blood in the stool may show that there is a problem in blood clotting. These are the most severe ones and, if you notice any of these, you need to contact your vet at once. Allergic symptoms may include hives, swelling of the face, sudden vomiting or diarrhea, seizures, shock, cold limbs, pale gums or coma. When given correctly, there is little risk for overdose with Adequan.
Darla, New York
I’m so happy to have found this medication. My chow chow, Isabelle, walks so much better than she has in months. She’s also a lot more active and seems to be happier now that she can move around like she is used to doing. This massive improvement comes after only being on Adequan for 2 weeks. A dog’s quality of life means so much. This was evident when Isabelle went from being hardly able to walk to being able to jump and run again. She can’t quite make the higher jumps yet, but she’s walking and running so much better that I believe she’ll be completely back to normal soon.
My 10 year Golden Retriever has been taking Adequan for just a short time and is already showing such improvement that she almost acts as if she’s a puppy again. She is aging and had started to show a lot of signs that she was in pain. Adequan has been such a blessing for her. From her very first shot, there was an immediate change. She had reached the point that she avoided using stairs. However, from her first shot, she was running up and down stairs within no time. I highly recommend you talk to your vet about this medication if you have dog showing signs of pain.
We have a Border Collie that loves going on walks. Daisy likes long walks and always looked forward to them. She still was able to go on her long walks without any problems. However, when she would lie down for a rest after we got home, she had difficulty getting back up. It was so sad to watch as she tried to get up using her front legs, but couldn’t move her hips. They almost seemed to be paralyzed.
When our vet recommended Adequan, we jumped at the chance to make our Daisy feel better. Following her first shot, she seemed to be a new dog! She now gets her shots twice a month and is behaving like a much younger dog. She loves playing with her ball and taking her long walks everyday again. It’s miraculous!