cartilage vs joint fluid treatment
I will, of course, be following up with a vet to ask these questions but I'm curious about other's experiences.
My understanding is that meds like Cosequin/glucosamine/chondroitin act to help maintain and build healthy cartilage in the joints. Adequan/HA meds are aimed more towards encouraging healthy levels of joint fluid/lubrication. (Correct me here if I'm wrong!)
Do your vets recommend one treatment over another based on those assumptions? As in.. xrays and a joint tap show little fluid in the hocks, vet says HA or an old injury has bone-on-bone interaction and Cosequin is the go to. Is there a benefit to combining them? Or does an animal typically only require one support or the other? I'm sure there's some overlap in that increasing one kind of health in the joint benefits other aspects of joint health.
I've got an old guy who's been NQR in the past and is currently on the lightest of hack schedules (aka almost never). He's just generally slowing down and stiffening up. Never flexed out on anything, hocks have shown good joint spaces and sufficient joint fluid before. I'm debating about which route might be better for him, or whether I should double up or just try a course of each separately.