As a pet parent, you never want to see your dog in pain. But as dogs age, they are prone to developing health problems – both hereditary and non-hereditary. One common old-age problem for dogs is arthritis. And while there are plenty conventional ways to treat this disease, those methods aren’t always effective – or healthy.
Luckily, there are many ways to treat arthritis naturally. Here are six of them.
Like humans, a dogs’ joints begin to wear down over time, leading to osteoarthritis or degenerative diseases. While arthritis can be genetic, it can also be caused by an injury, scar tissue, toxicity or health deficiencies.
How can you tell if your dog is suffering from arthritis?
Common symptoms include limping (or favoring one leg), spinal issues (hunching over), slower movement, and general pain. Some dogs may even snap at you if they are in pain or have a general loss of interest in activities they once enjoyed – such as playing with their favorite toy.
So how do you naturally treat arthritis in dogs?
While the majority of traditional veterinarians will prescribe a variety of medications – including nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or acetaminophen – long-term use of these medications can end up doing more harm than good.
But, with the right combination of natural remedies, you can bypass the conventional treatments.
The Ayurveda Approach
Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems. It hails from India and is more than 3,000 years old. If you’d like to take this approach for treating arthritis, you can try giving your dog Ashwaganda or Boswellia.
These herbs are anti-inflammatory and help relieve symptoms of stiffness and pain by shrinking tissue and increasing blood supply to the affected areas to help with healing. Ashwaganda also helps boost energy and can help counteract the effects of stress on the body.
A common natural remedy to help treat arthritis in dogs is devil’s claw. This herbal remedy is often prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid giving it to your dog if they are diabetic, though.
Vitamins C and E
If your dog is suffering from mild arthritis, you can give them vitamins C and E to help with anti-inflammation. If they are suffering from a severe case, you can add sodium oxide dismutase, also known as SOD.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Glucosamine and Chondroitin are widely popular all-natural remedies that help improve the cartilage between joints and support healthy joints. They are often in supplement form and can help stop cartilage degeneration as well as help the body rebuild cartilage.
Turmeric is not only an anti-inflammatory for humans, it also has an anti-inflammatory effect on dogs. This powerful antioxidant also helps strengthen the liver and protect against other diseases.
To help relieve pain associated with arthritis, try giving your dog a Pau D’Arco supplement. Not only does this supplement relieve pain, it also promotes mobility and helps the body kill off viruses.
While there is no cure for arthritis, using all-natural remedies is a great, safe way to help your dog deal with the pain and inflammation.
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