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Arthritis Care Products Comparison Chart


Drs. Foster & Smith Educational Staff
If your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis or other joint problems, there are many things you can do at home to help ease your pet's discomfort. Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories (NSAIDs) - such as canine aspirin or the prescription drug Rimadyl or EtoGesic are excellent pain control options.

While NSAIDs are for the control of pain and inflammation, nutraceuticals containing ingredients such as Glucosamine, Chondroitin, or Methylsulfonyl-methane (MSM) are widely used for longer term care in arthritic pets. nutraceuticals have been used for decades for human arthritic conditions in Europe and have been available over-the-counter for over a decade in the United States.

The number of nutraceutical arthritis care products on the market is staggering and increasing rapidly. It is becoming progressively more difficult to choose which is best to help your particular pet's joints or arthritis pain.

The following chart provides an overview of the nutraceuticals available through Drs. Foster & Smith, along with our recommendations on which product to choose for specific situations. For more information on the specific products, click on the product name to visit the individual product pages.

Additionally, our comparison chart of Active Ingredients in Arthritis Care Products provides an at-a-glance overview of the formulations of each of these products.

Product Active Ingredients
(see comparison chart)
Indications Comments
Joint Care (Regular Capsules/Powder/Liquid)
500 mg Glucosamine
400 mg Chondroitin
50 mg Vitamin C
For use in dogs and cats suffering from hip dysplasia and severe arthritis. May also be used for moderate or mild forms of arthritis. Mini-capsules ¼ of the mg dosage of the regular size capsules. Use mini-capsules in small dogs and cats.
Joint Care Plus with MSM 500 mg Glucosamine
400 mg Chondroitin
50 mg Vitamin C
100 mg MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
For use in dogs suffering from hip dysplasia and severe arthritis. May also be used in dogs for moderate or mild forms of arthritis. After improvement is observed or in mild cases, Joint Care may be used for daily maintenance.
Cosequin DS 500 mg Glucosamine
400 mg Chondroitin
33 mg Vitamin C
5 mg Manganese
Same as for Joint Care. DS (Double Strength) for large dogs; regular strength for small dogs. Regular strength contains ½ of the mg dosage of the Double Strength capsules.
Gluco-C 500 mg Glucosamine
100 mg Vitamin C
Better suited for moderate cases of arthritis. Can be used after an animal has been on Joint Care for six months and has shown improvement. For dogs only Lower cost alternative to Joint Care. Ingredients same for powder/ tablets/ capsules. Excellent for long-term maintenance.
Gluco-C Plus 500 mg Glucosamine
100 mg Vitamin C
50 mg Chamomile*
12 mg Citrus Bioflavoniod*
5000 I.U. Vitamin A
50 I.U. Vitamin E
Recommended for milder forms of arthritis or those in early stages of treatment for joint disease. For dogs only. Can switch to Gluco-C for long-term maintenance in cases in which pain and discomfort subside. *Believed to reduce inflammation.
Joint Guard Plus

Available in 300 mg & 600 mg

(300 mg)
300 mg Perna Canaliculus
250 mg Glucosamine
250 mg MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane)
230 mg Dried Brewers Yeast
25 mg Vitamin C
15 mg Manganese
Same powerful effectiveness of regular Joint Guard but contains Glucosamine and the anti-inflammatory sulfur MSM. For more severe cases of arthritis. For dogs only. Joint Guard Plus 600 contains double the mg dosage of Joint Guard Plus 300 except it has 200 mg Dried Brewer's Yeast.
Flex Care with Creatine

Available in granules and 300 or 600 mg tablets

(Granules*)
900 mg Glucosamine
500 mg Creatine
300 mg Perna Canaliculus(which contains 30 mg Chondroitin and small amounts of Glucosamine)

(300 mg)
300 mg Glucosamine
250 mg Creatine

Can be used for dogs with moderate arthritis and is especially beneficial for dogs that are losing muscle, since increased muscle tone helps support weak joints. For dogs only. Creatine increases the strength of muscle contractions and, if given daily, may improve muscle strength. 600 mg tablets have 600 mg Glucosamine and 500 mg Creatine

*Dosage for Granules is per scoop (one scoop equals one heaping teaspoon)

Glyco-Flex GF

Available in 300 mg & 600 mg

(300 mg)
300 mg Perna Canaliculus
130 mg Brewer's Yeast
Best suited for dogs with moderate cases of arthritis. For dogs only. Easily added to food or given as a treat.

The 600 mg tablet contains double the mg dosage of Glyco-Flex GF 300 mg tablet.

Glyco-Flex GF II 300 mg Perna Canaliculus
250 mg Glucosamine
250 mg MSM
33 mg Manganese AA Chelate
202 mg Brewer's Yeast
Best suited for dogs with moderate arthritis. For dogs only. MSM
(Methylsulfonylmethane) is a dietary sulfur that helps the body manufacture connective tissue.

Easily added to food or given as a treat.

Synovi Formulas (SynoviCre 600 mg)
600 mg Glucosamine
500 mg Creatine

(SynoviCre Granules*)
900 mg Glucosamine
500 mg Creatine
300 mg Perna Canaliculus(which contains 30 mg Chondroitin and small amounts of Glucosamine)

(Synovi-MSM Granules*)
800 mg MSM
500 mg Glucosamine
300 mg Perna Canaliculus
10 mg Vitamin C

Can be used for dogs with moderate arthritis and is especially beneficial for dogs that are losing muscle, since increased muscle tone helps support weak joints. For dogs only. Creatine increases the strength of muscle contractions and, if given daily, may improve muscle strength. 600 mg tablets have 600 mg Glucosamine and 500 mg Creatine

*Dosage for SynoviCre and MSM Granules is per scoop (one scoop equals one heaping teaspoon)

MSM
(Methylsulfonylmethane) is a dietary sulfur that helps the body manufacture connective tissue; also required for healthy collagen

Vita-minTabs Senior Plus Glucosamine 500 mg Glucosamine
50 mg Vitamin C
For older dogs with arthritis and other moderate joint conditions. Contains vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your senior's comfort and quality of life. All-in-one senior vitamin/mineral supplement with Glucosamine. 5X more Vitamin C than our standard Senior Vita-minTabs formula.
Canine Missing Link Plus 500 mg Glucosamine
1000 mg Linoleic Acid (Omega-3)
Booster to use with other nutraceuticals. A dietary supplement made with all-natural ingredients.

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