Dog Arthritis Remedies
Dog arthritis can be obvious and debilitating it doesn't have to be life changing it you take some steps to
provide the relief that your best friend deserves.
Coincidentally, I received information this week from Dr Jones DVM on this topic with his suggestions for
And, in a meeting this week with Elliott Harvey, practitioner of
Chinese medicine and alternative therapies for dogs and pets, we discussed another option for arthritis relief.
Following is a synopsis of Dr. Jones approach and an alternative solution from Dr. Harvey. Both are excellent in
my view... take a few minutes and see which might be best for your dog or a dog you know who needs relief.
Following is from Dr Jones DVM
"Dog arthritis is one of the most common reason pet owners see a veterinarian. Unfortunately the only option
many owners are given is to treat their dog with potentially toxic anti-inflammatory medication.
This article will give you my top 5 natural dog arthritis solutions that you can use on your dog at home.
Supplements which contain Glucosamine Hydrochloride and Chondroitin are most important; they both have veterinary
studies showing their effectiveness. The big point here is to ensure that they are in high enough doses, and the
correct form to be helpful for your dog.
As a guideline you can use a dose of 500mg of Glucosamine per 50lbs of body weight daily, and 250mg of
Chondroitin per 50lbs of body weight daily.
Omega 3 fatty acids are critical for every arthritic pet; they decrease the inflammatory processes that further
damage the cartilage in the joints. There are a few potential sources: flax oil, fish oil, or even evening primrose
I personally have found flax oil to be very effective, especially
when given at the dose of 1 tablespoon per 50lbs of body weight
daily. Flax oil's other big benefit is it is cost effective - it
costs a fraction of fish oil.
Acupressure is an ancient form of Chinese healing that every pet owner can start using for their arthritic pet. The
easiest way to start is to locate a point called 'The Aspirin Joint'. It is found on the outside webbing of your
dog's hock joint- this is the joint just up from their back feet.
Place your index finger on the outside of this web of skin and with moderate pressure, hold for 60 seconds. I
suggest performing this 3 times a day for 7 days, and assessing if it is helping your dog.
There are a surprising number of herbs that can be helpful to relieve the pain in arthritis, but with all the
conflicting information, it is often difficult to know what to choose.
Willow contains the active ingredient found in aspirin, (salicylate) and was a traditional First Nation's remedy
for arthritis. The Willow dose I have used is 100 mg or 10 drops per 10 lbs of body weight.......
Many dog owners have reported relief of arthritic pain by the use of homeopathy, and I have seen certain dogs
respond well, so it may help your arthritic dog.
There are 2 in particular that you should consider using, Traumeel, and Rhus Tox. Traumeel actually contains a
combination of a number of homeopathic remedies, providing both anti-inflammatory and pain relief; the Traumeel
dose being ½ to 1 tab twice daily. Rhus Tox is typically advised for soft tissue and muscle injuries, but often
this is the source of discomfort in arthritic dogs. The dose you can use
is 30C per 30lbs every 12 hours." END Dr Andrew Jones DVM
So there you go. If Fido has been suffering from arthritis there are viable and natural therapies that can
provide relief and help him get back in the swing of things, playing, talking walks and enjoying life.
I mentioned that Dr. Harvey has another equally good approach. We are familiar with this solution from personal
experience. It is a a natural formula, easy as pie to use, even carry on trips and we believe it to be highly
I personally discussed this with Dr Harvey this week. In my experience
we find it to be effective not only as relief for arthritis but also as a joint support preventative therapy that I
currently use for our senior dog. I give her 1/2-1 tab daily and have recommended it to others who have all
had excellent results.
It is called Arthro Aid and is a tiny bone shaped tab that can be broken, depending upon the weight of your dog.
Once a day and arthritis away :)
Check it out
Click on Pet Supplements at the top of the page and scroll to
Arthro Aid, click on the name to go to the page.
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