Alternative Medication for Treating Cat Arthritis

by Anonymous Reader
(Kingston, MA)

Reader Question: Alternative to Chondrotin

My cat is allergic to beef and chicken. One of the ingredients in most feline arthritis medicines is chondrotin which is sourced from cows. My cat cannot tolerate it.

What else can I use?


Vet Suggestion for Chondrotin Alternative


I have had a lot of luck using an injectable product called Adequan in cats with arthritis. It is labeled for use in dogs and horses but can be prescribed in an “off label” manner by veterinarians for cats.

Adequan is a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG) that works by helping to keep the cartilage within joints as healthy as possible. It is very safe. In general, injections are first given twice a week for a month or so, and then the patient’s response is evaluated. If everyone is pleased with the results, a maintenance schedule is established, with injections usually given every two to six weeks or so depending on the cat’s needs.

If you are interested in giving Adequan injections at home rather than bringing your cat to the clinic frequently, your veterinarian can teach you how perform this simple procedure.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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