Natural Canine Arthritis Remedies
If you’re a dog guardian, you may be aware that arthritis becomes a problem for many of our canine companions as they mature.
In fact, 20% or one in five dogs over a year of age will develop the degenerative joint disease (DJD).
And the number jumps to four out of five for certain large breeds – 80% is a big number.
Traditional veterinary treatment of canine arthritis and degenerative joint disease has typically included supplements, anti-inflammatory drugs, surgery, or a combination of these, so we want to provide a list of some of the natural herbs and anti-inflammatories that you can give your dog for arthritis.
Natural Anti-Inflammatory for your Dog in case of Arthritis
1. Fish Oils
A rich source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fish oils are known to reduce inflammation and are also excellent for your dog’s overall health, including their coat and skin. Add a fish oil capsule to your dog’s diet or give him food with a high amount of fish oil in it to maintain his health.
Make sure to add Vitamin E with fish oil in order to maintain the perfect balance.
2. Vitamin C
Give your dogs high doses of vitamin C in ascorbate form; also, try to find a source that contains flavonoids.
Herbs for the Treatment of Arthritis in Dogs
Arnica is an excellent anti-inflammatory agent that can help relieve pains. The flower heads are used externally and to make massage oils.
This herb helps prevent inflammation by shrinking inflamed tissues by improving circulation and synovial fluid viscosity. Since it’s bitter in nature, its easiest to find it in capsule form.
When applied topically, cayenne pepper improves circulation around joints and other areas where there might be the pain.
Allantoin is a compound in the body that helps cells grow; it accelerates the rate at which not only wounds but also broken bones are healed. Comfrey is one of the most important sources of Allantoin.
It must not be used internally—it should be applied as a rinse or tincture (alcohol-based). If consumed, it may lead to liver toxicity.
5. Devil’s Claw Root
This is an anti-inflammatory herb that stimulates the lymph system and helps the body with detoxification. It can be consumed in capsule form.
This famous kitchen spice is a warming anti-inflammatory agent that improves circulation and digestion. Add a bit of ginger to your dog’s diet.
7. Licorice Root
An anti-inflammatory agent that reduces joint pain, it also helps to improve your dog’s digestion and respiration. But be careful—because, large quantities of this root may lead to hypertension and hormonal imbalances.
This one is a great herb with not only anti-inflammatory properties, but it also contains anti-analgesic, anti-rheumatic and rubefacient properties.
This is a natural “aspirin” due to the compounds present in its leaves, roots, and flowers. Remember: don’t take it with NSAIDs—it will have adverse effects.
The curcumin in turmeric is a very important anti-inflammatory compound and can be compared to ibuprofen. Add a bit of a golden turmeric paste to your dog’s daily diet for best results.
The chemicals in yucca help to reduce pain, the swelling of joints and stiffness. If taken in large doses, it may lead to irritation of the stomach lining resulting in vomiting.
Essential Oils for Arthritis in your Dog
Did you know that one of the most famous natural remedies for dog arthritis is essential oils?
Plants that have medicinal value are distilled into essential oils, providing natural pain relief.
The aroma of the essential oils is not the source of its healing properties, but rather the chemical constituents of the oil itself.
Essential oils can be administered in the following manner to your dog:
- By using an electric diffuser to spread (aka “diffuse”) it around the room.
- By spraying it from a spray bottle. To make the spray, just add a few drops of oil to a bottle of water—it’s best to use a glass water bottle.
2. During a Shower:
- Add essentials oil to your dog’s unscented shampoo as you bathe your dog.
- Add a few drops of essential oil to water and bathe your dog.
3. Other Means:
- Put a drop of oil on your dog’s personal belongings, like their collar and bed.
- Rub a bit of essential oil through your dog’s fur.
Other Natural Remedies to use in case of Arthritis include:
- Cold packs
- Warm packs
- Electric shock wave therapy
- Thick orthopedic beds
By taking a proactive approach to preserving the integrity and function of your dog’s ligaments, tendons, and joints throughout life, you may be able to avoid the need for invasive procedures.
However, using only natural remedies could not be enough for everyone.
It is the combination of physical therapies, right nutrition, supplementation, and exercise that can go a long way toward keeping your dog active, agile and happy. And, while arthritis can’t ever be completely cured, these natural remedies for dog arthritis can help maintain your dog’s quality of life and, with the help of regenerative stem cell therapies there is even a possibility to stop the progression of this degenerative disease.
To find out how you can supplement natural remedies with biotechnology and treat progressing arthritis, feel free to see our other blog posts.
Contact us, if you need Stem Cell Therapy to deal with your Canine’s pain and improve your four-legged friends’ overall condition and quality of life. Our specialists will be glad to help you and your friend.
Original article: by Shawn Richards from our friends @ FeedFond.