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Synoquin for dogs and cats

Joint Supplement
What Is Synoquin?

Synoquin is a premium joint supplement manufactured by VetPlus, containing glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate. It also contains vitamin C (ascorbic acid), N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine, and zinc sulphate. Synoquin comes as a palatable chewable tablets and sprinkle capsules for dogs, palatable tablets and sprinkle capsules for growing dogs (synoquin growth) and synoquin capsules for cats. It has been specially designed to help maintain healthy joints in dogs and cats. Reduced mobility, discomfort, stiff joints, reluctance to jump up, and reduced exercise tolerance are all signs of osteoarthritis which may be improved by using synoquin. It comes in three strengths for large breeds, medium breeds and small breeds of dogs.

What Does Synoquin Do?

It is often recommended by veterinary surgeons for dogs and cats showing the signs of osteoarthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints which causes pain in the joint and stiffness. In a healthy joint the bone surfaces that meet at the joint are covered in a layer of cartilage. Cartilage is a soft elastic material that functions as a shock absorber. Joints are lubricated with a viscous fluid called synovial fluid that is produced by the synovial membrane and contained within a joint capsule. Glucosamine hydrochloride supplies aminosugars that encourage the production of cartilage and synovial fluid. Chondroitin provides the building units for the production of glucosaminoglycans which are the basic molecules that make up cartilage. Ascorbic acid is a a anti-oxidant that helps reduce the damaging action of oxidative stress in the joint. A neutraceutical such as synoquin would commonly be recommended by a veterinary surgeon in the early stages of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) /osteoarthritis or used in conjunction with prescription drugs like non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) (e.g. metacam, rimadyl, previcox, meloxidyl).


• Trouble rising from lying down
• Reluctant to jump - some dog owners notice that their dog cannot to jump into a car like it could as a youngster or won't go up stairs or climb onto a chair
• Reduced tolerance of exercise - dogs might become unwilling to exercise as much as previously or may stop frequently during a exercise
• Lameness / Limping - many dogs may limp during exercise, towards the end of a walk, or after exercise especially if they have subsequently laid down
• Whimpering in pain - some dogs may whimper or cry out in pain with certain movements
• Stiff joints thickened joints with a creaking sensation (crepitus) - if you feel a joint it may be very stiff, have a reduced range of motion and even a crunchy, clicking sensation
• Difficulty in finding a comfortable position to sleep - some dogs may take a while to lie down and find a comfortable position sleeping position
• The symptoms of stiffness and reduced exercise tolerance may be more overt during the colder wetter months of the year
• Some dogs will lick or rub stiff / painful joints making the skin red and inflamed
• Dogs owners may notice a change in their pets temperament - increased anxiety, aggression / grumpy, not as playful, interact with people and other dogs less
• Reduction in appetite


• Reduced flexibilty
• Thickened joints most notably the elbow and knee joints
• Painful movement of arthritic joints
• Reluctant to play and exercise - some cat owners might notice their cat is spending more time sleeping and is less likely to go outside to exercise and less likely to want to play.
• Altered temperament - increasingly grumpy particularly when picked up or handled
• Pain or discomfort when stroked or groomed
• Less likely to groom because stiffness makes them less flexible
• Some cats will develop an unkempt coat with more dandruff and matting / knotting of the hair especially along the spine / back
• Limping / lameness which is usually more noticable when a cat first gets up after lying down
• Less able to climb and jump as the cat did as a youngster - for example climbing trees or jumping over fences, jumping up onto work surfaces or tables.


• It is available in three strengths for dogs; Small Breed < 10 kgs, Medium Breed 10 - 25 kgs, Large Breed > 25kgs
• It is available for cats in one capsule strength.
• It Growth is available for young dogs between 3-24 mths old
• See Dosage Info for instructions
• After an initial loading programme lasting six weeks the daily dosage can be reduced to a maintenance dosage
• Weigh your dog or cat to determine the correct dosage
• Take advice from your veterinary surgeon before starting treatment to ensure it is the most suitable supplement or treatment
• It will not have an immediate effect because it will not treat pain or inflammation. You should trial therapy for at least 4-6 weeks at the initial loading dose before making a decision about ingoing treatment
• If your pet does not respond as you would expect after the loading programm you should speak to your veterinary surgeon
• It is available as chewable tablets that the majority of dogs will eat readily or capsules that can be opened and sprinkled onto food for fussier dogs or cats.


• Treatment of dogs and cats with osteoarthritis is expensive because they will require life long treatment
• Pets with arthritis are frequently prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) such as previcox or rimadyl by vets as well as being advised to use a joint supplement
• Joint supplements such like synoquin can be purchased from at much lower prices than from vet practices
• NSAIDs such as Rimadyl or Previcox are POM-V (prescription only medicine - veterinarian) so they must be prescribed by your vet
• It is a non prescription product that you are free to purchase from any source
• Dog or Cat owners can buy synoquin directly from vets who stock it or they can buy it online from and make massive savings
• Owners can also purchase prescription drugs such as previcox quite legally from an online retailer such as
• The products we sell is identical to that sold by vets though usually 40-60% cheaper


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