Cosequin Side Effects for Dogs

Cosequin is one among the most commonly used joint supplements for dogs. If a dog is suffering from arthritis, the veterinarian may prescribe this drug without any second thought. It is known to be a safe medication. However, in the case of sensitive dogs, there can be some side effects. Cosequin is known to use a combination chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine hydrochloride. These compounds can strengthen fibers in the joints of dogs. It also helps in the prevention of deterioration of the other joint tissues.

There are many different Cosequin formulas offered for the dogs. The dosage of each of this variety depends on the actual mass of the dog. The doses range from 200 to 500 milligrams of chondroitin sulfate and 500 to 1200 milligrams of glucosamine hydrochloride.

In many cases, the administration of cosequin is found to have certain side effects. Some of the most commonly witnessed side effects of ibuprofen are given below:


When this supplement is first given to a dog, it may develop diarrhea. Only a few among the cases reported severe diarrhea. Following the dosage instructions carefully will help you in avoiding this condition to a great extent.

Upset Stomach

Many dogs show an upset stomach right after the supplementation. If you are noticing such symptoms, supplementing after a meal is the best thing to do. An empty stomach is can worsen the symptoms.

Loss of Appetite

The initial dosages of cosequin are always high. When you are starting to give your dog Cosequin there can be a drastic loss in the appetite of your dog. The only way to deal with this situation is by tempting the dog with its favorite dishes.


Dogs having sensitive stomach are likely to experience vomiting after the supplementation of Cosequin. Giving the dog a smaller meal before administering the drug can help you in dealing with this situation.

Allergic Reactions

Several dogs are allergic to beef and it is observed that the dogs allergic to beef show a reaction when supplemented with Cosequin. You must also make it a point not to give Cosequin to a dog is it is put on an ‘elimination’ diet.

Additives of the Drug

Reading the label carefully is the only way to ensure that ingredients in the drug will not cause an allergic reaction in your dog. Check the label for ingredients to which your dog can be allergic to. Consulting a veterinarian before administering the drug to your dog is a good thing to do.

Continued Symptoms

If your dog is showing the even after the administration of Cosequin, you can always go for the other alternative treatment techniques available. It is a commonly known fact that not all dogs will experience relief from joint pain after consuming Cosequin. Even though most of the dogs will not show any side effect after supplementing Cosequin, some sensitive dogs show the aforementioned symptoms. In some dogs, the symptoms may even be extreme.