If you have a dog, then you know that they are a part of your family. They are beautiful creatures that love unconditionally and make our lives better every day. It can be very difficult when your dog is in pain, especially when you don’t know how to help them. Certainly, your vet can give you medicine to help with symptoms and pain, but you want to do what is best for your pet. If your dog has been diagnosed with arthritis and is experiencing pain, here are some natural ways you can treat them at home without medication.
Just as herbs can help to cure human ailments, they can also be helpful and safe for dogs. Herbs can help reduce inflammation, which causes the pain in arthritic patients. While the herbs mentioned here have been found to be safe for dogs, it is important that you consult your vet. You should also watch your dog closely after giving them these herbs for the first time to make sure they don’t have adverse reactions. Here is a list of herbs you can use and some information about them:
- Turmeric – Turmeric is a common herb you may find in your spice cabinet. It has many anti-inflammatory compounds and has a component, curcumin that is helpful for relieving arthritis symptoms.
- Ginger – Ginger is another spice you may have lying around. It can aid with digestion and circulation. Improving circulation may help to reduce inflammatory pain. The digestion help is a bonus.
- Cayenne – Cayenne has a natural ingredient, capsaicin, which can also help increase circulation, especially to joints affected by inflammation. It can be applied topically on the area that is bothersome. Because it blocks nerves, it reduces pain. Your dog may be sensitive to this herb. If that is the case, you should also avoid feeding them potatoes, tomatoes, paprika, eggplant, and peppers. These items can have some of the same components as cayenne, so they will be sensitive to these too.
- Devil’s Claw Root – This herb may be difficult to find, but if you are able to find capsules of it, there are anti-inflammatory properties that can ease the pain of arthritis for your dog.
- Boswellia – Within one week after beginning use of this powerful herb, effects are evident. The herb helps with circulation, thus improving pain.
- Arnica – This natural supplement is used topically on the areas that are causing pain. It not only helps with arthritis but can also help with bruises or sprains when applied to the injured area.
- Comfrey – This herb should be used externally as it has been found that using it internally can cause liver damage. A tea that can be applied as a rinse to help areas that are inflamed.
- Licorice Root – Containing anti-inflammatory agents, this herb can also help with digestion and lung function. It should be used in small amounts as using high amounts can cause other problems like hypertension and hormone imbalances.
- Meadowsweet – This herb is also an anti-inflammatory, as well as having analgesic, rubefacient, and anti-rheumatic properties. An oil that is similar to aspirin will help alleviate your dog of pain, but should not be combined with other NSAIDs.
- Yucca – This herb does have some side effects and should be given every third day. It is suggested that every 1-2 months, there should be a week-long break. It can help with pain, stiffness, and swelling.
Coconut oil has been proven to be healthy for both humans and dogs. The oil has antioxidants that can help with pain and joint stiffness. It also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent that can be applied topically as well as ingested for other improvements such as energy, weight loss, and a number of other benefits. It can be given orally or can be rubbed into the dog’s coat. As with other supplements, it is best to start out slow and increase the dose as you find your dog can handle it.
While it doesn’t seem that improving your dog’s diet can help, feeding them the right foods can help reduce inflammation. Try to avoid processed dog foods that might contain wheat, grain, and soy. Also, avoid giving your dog foods that have additives as well as GMOs.
While your dog might have stiff joints, it is still important for them to get exercise. The more we use our bodies, the less stiff they will be. Exercising increases blood circulation, which will help to alleviate some of the arthritis symptoms. Of course, it is also important that you don’t push your dog too hard to the point of injury, so if you notice your dog acting odd, the exercise might not be for them.
The only bad thing about owning a dog is not being able to help them when they are in pain. With these tips about treating your dog naturally for arthritis, you will be able to help them manage their pain so they can lead a happy and healthy life.