Does anyone use injectable glucosamine?

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  • CandyLand Original Poster CandyLand
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    My trainer tells me I should be doing an injectable version of glucosamine once a month for my older horse. I’m wondering if there is really much benefit to that or if I’d be better going with an oral joint supplement. I want to make sure I’m giving him everything he needs and don’t really know how those injectables are designed to work.

    ~ Candyland!

    FredRock
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    I’m not sure if the shots I had used were inject-able glucosamine, but the ones I had tried years ago with my gelding lasted about 6 months on one shot application; they were through the vet. I think since then there have been others released that are applied by the owner, so maybe that is what you’re talking about? I know when I did whatever shots the vet recommended, he also recommended an oral supplement to support the shots to last a little longer. I did see a change in personality the day after the shots, so they did work. They just cost me a pretty penny and could only promise 3-6 months of relief for him.

    Since the shots were quite expensive and my gelding has diagnosed arthritis in both hocks with dwindling use for riding or showing, I stick to oral supplements now. I’ve had the best results in oral supplements by sticking to ones with the NASC seal, which means that they have been tested to contain what they claim to contain and at the levels stated.

    I used to recommend Cosequin, but they mysteriously lost the NASC seal and upped what their recommended dose should be, then it mysteriously stopped working for my gelding. So I think there was a formula change. I then switched to a bunch of different things, eventually landing on Legacy Pellets for Senior horses. Unfortunately the barn owner didn’t give him the right dosage, so up until I switched to SmartPaks and smart supplements (cheaper than what Legacy was per day) I’m not entirely sure if it worked or if the failure was due to poor dosing.

    lwcatmom
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    I have been using injectable glucosamine my vet gets through a compounding pharmacy. My 950 lb QH is a rescue about 25 yrs old gets 10cc per week inter muscular injection and Cosequin ASU Plus daily. The combination works great. I could definitely see the difference when we tried spacing the injection to every two weeks. He didn’t want to be as active. Vet usually uses the more expensive Adequan but says this is ok since its working and much cheaper. About $60 for a bottle that lasts three months

    TWH Girl TWH Girl
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    I tried compounded acetyl-d glucosamine a few years back on my then 19 yr old horse with little effect. I ended up doing Adequan which did help him a lot. If you are treating a specific problem, you may want to give Pent Aussie a try as that is injectable glucosamine with pentosan (an anti inflammatory similar to Adequan). Otherwise, for maintenance, I think oral supplements do a fine job as long as it’s a good quality supplement like the Smartflex line, Cosequin, Recovery EQ, etc. I am not totally convinced any supplement or injectable can really *prevent* arthritis though. It’s so hit or miss- one bad step in the pasture can put the horse out to pasture!

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