Released: 6/6/2011

Good News for Diabetic Cats


Edgewood, MD: Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. is excited to announce the results of a study just published in a leading veterinary journal. Results suggest that administration of the joint health supplement Cosequin® for Cats will not affect the management of diabetes in cats. Supporting joint health in diabetic cats can be tough. Some choices, such as steroids, used in non-diabetic cats may not be as safe in cats with diabetes. This study provides evidence of Cosequin’s safety in diabetic cats, many of whom could benefit from joint health support due to being geriatric or overweight.

Cosequin for Cats contains the active ingredients glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate. The study showed no major changes in the blood value fructosamine when Cosequin for Cats was administered at label-recommended levels. Fructosamine is a good measure of blood glucose control. It reflects average glucose levels during the previous 2-3 weeks. Researchers concluded there is no sign that glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate given by mouth at recommended levels will affect the management of diabetes in cats. Pet owners should still, as a general recommendation, check with their veterinarian before changing diet or management of a diabetic cat.

Cosequin has provided joint health support to animals since the mid-1990’s. Cosequin’s glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are now also available with the ingredient avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) in Dasuquin®providing advanced joint health support. To learn more about Dasuquin, contact Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. at 1-800-925-5187 or visit dasuquin.com.

Davis KT, Lunn KF. Serum fructosamine in cats receiving an oral chondroprotective agent. Intern J Appl Res Vet Med 2011;9(1):52-57.

About Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.:

Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. develops nutritional supplements for animals to help improve their quality of life. Products include Cosequin® and Dasuquin®, the #1 veterinarian-recommended joint health supplement brands,* and Denamarin®, the #1 veterinarian-recommended liver support brand.^ Other Nutramax Laboratories health supplements include products for urinary tract health, antioxidant and nutritional support, digestive health and skin/coat health plus overall wellness. To learn more, contact Nutramax Laboratories, Inc. at 1-800-925-5187 or visit NutramaxLabs.com.

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