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Adequan Canine Injectable for Dogs, 100 mg/mL, 5-mL, pack of 2

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Adequan Injectable for Dogs is an injectable medication prescribed to help manage arthritis and joint problems in dogs. It may also help restore joint lubrication, relieve inflammation and renew the foundation of healthy cartilage. For over 20 years, this medication has been prescribed and trusted by veterinarians to help moderate signs connected with non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic arthritis of canine synovial joints.

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Adequan is recommended for the treatment of noninfectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal joint in dogs.

Possible Side Effects

Side effects are rare possible. The most common problems associated with Adequan are pain/swelling at the injection site or blood clotting problems. Decreased blood clotting can cause nose bleeds or gastrointestinal bleeding which can cause bloody stool or vomiting. Some dogs are allergic to Adequan but this is not common. Contact your veterinarian right away if your pet is acting unusual after an injection is given.

Drug & Food Interactions

Advise your vet of all medications and supplements your pet is taking. Drugs that can affect blood clotting (ex. heparin, warfarin) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may interact. Other drug interactions are possible.


Pets with bleeding disorders, kidney disease, and liver disease may have a higher risk of side effects. Breeding, lactating, and pregnant dogs should not be given Adequan.

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  1. Prescribing Information

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  • Item Number
  • Dimensions
    1 x 2.25 x 3.75 inches
  • Common Brand Name(s)
    Adequan, Chondroprotec
  • Generic Name
    Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan
  • For Use With
  • Administration Form
  • Product Form
  • Health Condition
    Joint Pain/Arthritis
  • Drug Type

Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan.

Recommended Dosage

Administer twice weekly for up to 4 weeks (maximum of 8 injections).

Storage Instructions

Store at 68° - 77°F. Excursions permitted to 59° - 86°F.


What is Adequan Canine?

Adequan Canine is the only FDA-approved injectable disease-modifying osteoarthritis drug (DMOAD) for dogs. It is recommended for the control of signs associated with non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic arthritis of canine synovial joints.

Are there age or breed restrictions for Adequan Canine?

No age or breed restrictions; use in pregnant, breeding or lactating animals has not been evaluated.

How fast does Adequan Canine work?

It reaches the joint within 2 hours. It may take a few days before a clinical difference is seen. Consult your veterinarian if you have any questions.

Why Adequan Canine?

There are many supplements and over-the-counter products making similar claims to Adequan Canine. However, these products are only supported by statements and do not have the product testing and trials Adequan Canine completed to obtain FDA-approval.

How can I learn whether Adequan Canine may be right for my dog?

Consult your veterinarian on whether Adequan Canine may be appropriate for your dog’s arthritis. Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian.

What is the treatment protocol for a dog starting with Adequan Canine?

Consult your veterinarian on treatment protocol and whether Adequan Canine may be an appropriate treatment for your dog.

Can Adequan Canine help all kinds of dogs?

While certain breeds are predisposed, canine arthritis is common in all kinds of dogs, affecting younger dogs as well as older ones.

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