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Old 07-08-2007, 7:42 PM
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As any body got an alternative to Seraquin As my dog charlie is already on Metacam and I noticed one of the posters uses cod liver oil as an altenative I will try that. Only my prescriptions are costing 70. per month. Many thanks for any Ideas. He has arthritis.
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Old 07-08-2007, 7:59 PM
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Try asking your vet, with on going things they can be understanding about cutting costs and may prescribe/ recommend other (cheaper!) products.

Also, I would ask some of the sites that sell prescription meds.....don't know if they're allowed to do that tho.

Good luck.
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Old 10-08-2007, 8:47 PM
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Seraquin is Glucosamine Chondroitin Sulphate and Curcumin (tumeric extract).

There are lots of difference Glucosamine Chondroitin based products, some with tumeric and some with other ingrediants supposed to help stiffness/cartilage growth. If your dog has joint problems/arthritis then you can feed any of the reasonable products (avoid most cheap tablets) meant for dogs.

Examples are Joint Aid, Cortaflex, Arthri-aid, pedigree joint care chews, there are hundreds. The cheapest good quality stuff I have ever managed to get (bearing in mind that my dog is big so gets through large amounts) is syn-flex from Ebay from America (seller is Shop the Zoo, but watch out for tax when it comes in to Britain!).

Glucosamine Chondroitin specifically works on cartilage. Turmeric reduces inflammation. There are lots of other things which you can try to reduce inflammation - green lipped mussel powder, honey with bee venom (still haven't tried that one!), devils claw - my memory fails me but there are lots. However Glucosamine Chondroitin is the only one that I have ever have staggering results with.

Seraquin is, I believe, one of the more expensive products on the market. I would suggest shopping around on the internet - you probably will not be able to get a product with turmeric, although some do, but personally I found that its the glucosamine chondroitin that works - and you will probably get something else "thrown in" like MSM or Glutamic Acid or "nutricines", whatever those are.

Unlike drugs like Rimadyl and Metacam, there are a LOT less side effects from Glucosamine products. Its pretty safe, so you have nothing to loose (especially if it means you spend less on the expensive drugs at the vets!).

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Old 11-08-2007, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by CHARLIE View Post
As any body got an alternative to Seraquin As my dog charlie is already on Metacam and I noticed one of the posters uses cod liver oil as an altenative I will try that. Only my prescriptions are costing 70. per month. Many thanks for any Ideas. He has arthritis.
Our dog has arthritis and our vet prescribed Metacam initially and then suggested we tried her on daily C2 Collaplex which is Glucosamine Sulphate, Condroitin Sulphate, Vitamin C, Manganese, Purified Type 2 Collagen.
She's doing great on these and we've got the Metacam to fall back on if needs be.
I was buying the Collaplex from the vet initially but now buy them from as they're a lot cheaper. Dosage is 1 capsule daily for each 15kgs weight. I pay 22.95 for 60 capsules incl. p & p
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Don't do away with the metacam.
Ask your vet for a written prescription for Meloxidyl (it's exactly the same active ingredient). They may charge a small, reasonable fee for this. Then order your medication through one of the many internet veterinary pharmacy sites - meloxidyl is cheapest at
They need to have the prescription before posting but this site will accept a scanned copy via email.

100mls of meloxidyl is about 17 and lasts my 23kg dog about 2mths.

It also worth starting the dog on one of the many neutraceuticals as thye will help minimise deterioration of the joint but the metacam / meloxidyl is essential to stop the pain and inflammation associated with the condition.
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Old 06-10-2008, 11:20 PM
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my dog is on Cosequin, I get my friend in the US to order it online for me and then ship it over, it saves me a fortune doing it this way, I think I manage to get 800 capsules for the same price I would pay for 240 here
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First check how much of the ingredients you need from your vet or search the web using seraquin doseage, find the cheapest product. I ordered from Agestop Superflex 3 The more you order the cheaper the unit price becomes, so ask around your friends and family to see if you can bulk order and save more and remember its good for humans and dogs. If anyone can find cheaper then please holler. When searching make sure you are getting Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulphate and not some inferior product
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No help to the OP as this is an ancient thread but cod liver oil is no use for joint care, it is fish body oils that contain useful amounts of omega-3 essential fatty acids. Cod liver oil contains fairly large amounts of fat soluble vitamins that may be toxic in excess.
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Zara used to be on Seraquin but I never got it via the vets - it can be bought on the net for 1/3 of the price of getting it from a vet....

Just a though....
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yumove contains chondroitin, glucosamine and green lipped mussel extract, but it's 49.95 for 300 tablets. I don't know how that compares - is it cheap?
I got a free sample about a year ago, to give to a couple of very elderly male rats who were struggling to get around (they got half a tablet each once a week). I noticed a dramatic improvement, but I couldn't say which of the ingredients was responsible.
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Old 12-04-2010, 7:35 PM
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I use seraquin for my Saint Bernard. He has two tablets a day (2mg ea) and I get a box of 60 (1 month) for 16 and free delivery through and you don't need a prescription for seraquin so you can bypass the vet for this completely!
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HI, my dogs was put on seraquin following hip injury - 2mg tabs
- have seen these for around 20 on line.
But Holland and Barrett do the same sort of thing for 16.99 - it has the same amounts and proportions of glucosamine and chondroiton -

however, I then looked at the 'human' equivilant they sell -

their high strength joint care tablets have exactly the same specifications and are currently on offer at 8.99 for 60!

The seraquin has chicken extract in it to make it palatable - apart from that the specs are almost exactly the same..
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Old 15-04-2010, 11:26 AM
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Olive oil is not recommended now ,its been proven to be harmful
Salmon oil on the other hand is highly recommended and dogs love it
No way an alternative to prescribed medication though .
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Old 20-02-2012, 7:16 PM
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Found this thread from a Google search for Seraquin, got me thinking re buying online, went back and found 6 x 60 tablets Seraquin from VetUK for 100. Half the price of my vets so thank you MSE.
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I use Synoquin as advised by my vet but for a cat. It's 30 a pack for 90
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Old 26-04-2012, 11:07 AM
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After being charged over 30 for synoquin tablets I now never buy from the vets directly. They are loads of websites which provide alternatives, just ask the vet what ingredients are needed. Alot of medicine can be brought online without a prescription so worth having a look.

Also good to remember that manor pharmacy do alot of specialist foods and meds for our cats, dogs, rabbits, chickens and horses, don't get ripped off.
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