Onsior for Cats & Dogs

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  • Cat 6mg » Priced per Tablet £0.79
  • Dog 5mg » Priced per Tablet £0.59
  • Dog 10mg » Priced per Tablet £0.79
  • Dog 20mg » Priced per Tablet £1.30
  • Dog 40mg » Priced per Tablet £1.29
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Onsior is one of the safest medications of its type for use in cats and dogs. For dogs, it is used primarily to treat osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).  It reduces pain and stiffness, increasing their mobility and enjoyment of exercise. Onsior can also be an effective treatment for the relief of pain and inflammation of other causes in both cats and dogs.

Onsior should not be given to animals which are dehydrated, or if underlying kidney or gastro-intestinal conditions might be present. Treatment should be suspended if vomiting or diarrhoea are seen.

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Reviews (55)

Summary of Reviews for Onsior for Cats & Dogs

Overall 5
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
53 out of 55 (96%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (47 reviews)
4 stars (6 reviews)
3 stars (0 reviews)
2 stars (1 reviews)
1 stars (1 reviews)

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55 Easy to order
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By on 22 July 2020

Great product and the savings on this product against vets prices is great too ,

Customer recommends this product

55 Pain relife for Buddy
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By on 6 May 2020

Buddy is a 12yr old Labradoodle and has all the problems that comes with old age he's a big boy weighs 45Kl the Onsior he take really helps his joints.

Customer recommends this product

55 Excellent
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By on 4 May 2020

Our elderly GR needs the pain relief from this, she still enjoys her walk everyday, in fact, she is the one that is waiting by the front door.

Customer recommends this product

55 Sooty got arthritis
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By on 8 April 2020

She doesn’t like the taste but warped in pate it ham she is happy, and they seem to ease the pains quite a bit

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55 Good product
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By on 16 December 2019


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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Onsior for Cats & Dogs, including answers from our team.

27 July 2020 at 2:49pm

Changing regular dose time

Andrea Taylor

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

I currently dose in the evening but wish to change to morning. What is the safest way to achieve this? Should I miss a dose out then resume from morning.

  • VioVet Staff

You should never exceed your vet's recommended doseage with this medication, therefore it is safest to miss one dose (in the evening) then resume the following morning.

13 July 2020 at 10:55am

Onsior, dosage

Dorcas ODell

What is the correct dosage for a 22kg dog who has joint pain please.

  • VioVet Staff

Pasted below are the recommended doseages as found on the data sheet:

Number of Tablets by Strength and Body Weight for Osteoarthritis

Body Weight (kg) Number of Tablets by Strength
5 mg 10 mg 20 mg 40 mg
2.5 to <5 1 tablet
5 to <10 1 tablet
10 to <20 1 tablet
20 to <40 1 tablet
40 to 80 2 tablets

Number of Tablets by Strength and Body Weight for Soft Tissue Surgery

Body Weight (kg) Number of Tablets by Strength
5 mg 10 mg 20 mg 40 mg
2.5 1 tablet
>2.5 to <5 1 tablet
5 to <10 1 tablet
10 to <20 1 tablet
20 to <40 2 tablets
40 to <60 3 tablets
60 to 80 4 tablets
13 July 2016 at 1:22pm

Onsior or Previcox

Cherry Welsh

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: Argyll and Bute, United Kingdom

I would be grateful if you could tell me if there is any significant difference between these 2 drugs regarding their safety and effectiveness in treating osteoarthritis.

My dog had Onsior for a few weeks and it didn't seem to make much difference.

With thanks

  • VioVet Staff

These are both effective normally at reducing the discomfort from osteoarthritis. I am not aware of any scientific investigations conducted to try and compare them in this way, but they are both generally regarded as about equally safe and effective based on anecdotal evidence. Some dogs might happen to respond better to one drug than another, but I do not think that is particularly likely. I would have to question if the symptoms you are noticing are genuinely caused by the osteoarthritis which has been identified. Obviously I cannot tell and indeed it might be very difficult to be sure, but I would say that sometimes osteoarthritis can exist without causing obvious trouble for the dog. Another, unidentified condition could be causing trouble now, rather than the osteoarthritis. My first suggestion would be to re-evaluate the diagnosis, which obviously means going back to your vet. If nothing else is identified, then perhaps just try a different drug as well as doing all you can in other ways to help. Joint supplements such as Yumove or Joint Force are widely believed to be able to help. It is also helpful to encourage regular, gentle exercise (but never excited, strenuous or prolonged). Weight loss through food reduction is for some dogs the most beneficial thing you can do, but that depends on the current bodyweight and other factors. All else being equal though, you aim for a slim dog. It is always possible through simply giving less food, but that is very difficult for many people in practice.

19 December 2015 at 9:55am



Can this be given at the same time as yumove?

  • VioVet Staff

It is very common to use a prescription, anti-inflammatory drug such as Onsior along with a non-prescription, joint supplement such as Yumove. Many vets do recommend this and it is safe. Other measures can involve restricting food levels a bit to help keep body weight down as well as encouraging regular but gentle exercise.

21 April 2015 at 8:02pm

Onsior overdose?

Gilly Peters

Hector is on constant Onsior, 1 tablet per day, but today we both inadvertently dosed him, so he has taken 2. Could this be dangerous? He seems hyper and a bit "whiney" (He is a 30kg Lab/lurcher).

  • VioVet Staff

This is unlikely to cause trouble, but it certainly could. If your dog shows any vomiting or diarrhoea it is important not to give any more tablets and go straight to your vet. If he seems fine then all should be well. I would be tempted to miss out the next dose though.

23 February 2015 at 2:20pm

Extra Tablets


Hello there
My dog has just been diagnosed with Elbow Dysplasia and has been given these Onsior tablets (40mg) to take.
We was wondering if we can also give him some herbal tablets too, as we gave him them before and seemed to help him, however we do not want any weird side effects.
Thank you for your help
Deanna Miller

  • VioVet Staff

Most herbal tablets appear to be safe and can be given alongside Onsior, but they have not all been tested and there is no scientific confirmation of that initial comment. Personally I would be happy for you to give any of the main brand herbal products at the recommended amount alongside Onsior. As long as your dog is otherwise well, it is very unlikely that there would be any sort of adverse reaction.The glucosamine/chondroitin based supplements, such as Joint Force, are regarded as particularly suitable to add to the treatment.

6 May 2014 at 10:00pm

Hair loss


My dog has been taking on onsior and is doing her leg good, can you please tell me if it has any side effects as she is losing her coat, it started with a lilltle bald patch on her back but now it's coming out on her chest
Please help
Thank you

  • VioVet Staff

Onsior can occasionally have side effects, but hair loss is very unlikely to be due to the Onsior. It is much more likely to be a coincidence that the hair loss is occurring at the same time. I would make sure that your flea control measures are adequate, even if you see no fleas, and take your cat to the vet to be checked out for any other causes. (A flea allergy would be a very common cause for hair loss on cats, and can happen with very few fleas which are difficult to see.)

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