Benny will turn 16 in August. For about 18 months, I’ve noticed him stumble or not be able to jump like he used to. About a year ago, I added a small step stool to help him access the counter where he eats. He took to that quickly, thankfully.
In December 2015, with our vet’s permission, I started him on Cosequin for his joints. (I did a comparison review of the brand I used versus the chews we received from Chewy.) It seemed to stabilize him for a few months, but then I saw him fall twice in a couple of weeks. It broke my heart. Unlike our late Tucker, who would wait for me to pick up or lift him, Benny is too strong-willed and does not cooperate in that way. I needed something else.
A friend of mine once raved about an injectable supplement she’s used on her cats called Adaquan (pronounced ADD-a-quin). I started a conversation with her and did some online research. Here’s a little information about it: http://pets.thenest.com/adequan-cats-7255.html Using it for cats is technically "off label," but is considered accepted usage, so don't be alarmed that the bottle says "for canines." It is also used for horses.
Many pet forums raved at how much this helped their cats. Benny had a vet appointment coming up, and I asked her about it. Thankfully, she agreed and gave me a tutorial in the exam room on how to use it and give the injection.
Adequan is given 2-3 times weekly for four weeks, then weekly after that. It can be given sub-cutaneously (which is what I do) at home. The dose is on the lower end (.1 ml) but we can increase it if needed.
A filled syringe--a tiny amount of Adequan is the dosage.
Benny gets some treats to eat, to distract him from what I'm doing.
I grab some loose skin on his right flank. I could not take a shot of me giving him the injection. Most times he doesn't seem to notice when I insert the needle, but a couple of times he's felt it and looks at me.
The bottom line is, how is he doing?
So far, so good! He has not stumbled or fallen since I've started the injections. He has jumped into my lap twice while I was on the computer, something had hadn't been able to do in a long time. I've noticed he's jumped on the kitchen table unassisted, and twice he's jumped on top of the Ultimate Cat Scratcher. This is all great news.
I am hoping for continued improvement as he gets more injections. We're now giving them weekly.
I will continue this treatment. It has no apparent side effects, requires no extra trips to the vet or monitoring of blood, and won't interact with his other medications and supplements. In my opinion, it is a far safer option than daily pain medications. It is a surprise to me that this treatment isn't more known.
In case you're wondering about cost, you can purchase a vial at Foster & Smith for about $70. They were out of stock, so I bought mine from the vet for a much higher price--$130 (which included 50 needles). The bottle will last nearly one year, at the dosage we're using, not a bad price per dosage.
Ringo wants to remind you to dispose of sharps safely! We are using an empty water jug that is marked. Our vet will dispose of the sharps for us.
Have you used this medication? Or would you try it if you haven't?