Dog Arthritis – Natural Remedies
HOME REMEDIES DOG ARTHRITIS
Dog arthritis and bone disease are much more common in dogs than in cats and usually take one of several forms. Here are some dog arthritis natural remedies and an explanation of the different types of arthritis your pooch can get.
Hip dysplasia: a malformation of the hip sockets that allows excessive movement in the joint, causing chronic inflammation, calcium deposits and further breakdown. This was first seen in the larger breeds of dogs, but now is seen in any breed. Larger dogs, however, have more trouble with it because they weigh more.
NATURAL REMEDIES for ARTHRITIS in DOGS
Dislocation of the kneecap: a malformation of the leg bones that causes the kneecap to repeatedly pull out of position, slip back and forth and set up a continuous low-grade inflammation. Mostly seen in small breeds, it is fostered by poor breeding practices and low-quality food.
Degeneration of the shoulder joint: the breakdown of cartilage in the shoulder, leading to inflammation and pain on movement. Mostly found in medium to large breeds, it is always an aspect of an overall chronic disease condition that affects other parts of the body as well.
Arthritis of the elbow: a condition that is caused by improper bone formation and is considered to be hereditary. It is generally seen in German Shepherds. Like shoulder joint problems, it is part of a larger chronic disease condition.
Swelling and pain in the leg bones: seen in young dogs (a few months of age) of the large breeds. It is apparently partly caused by inadequate production of vitamin C and is the result of poor nutrition and heredity.
DOG ARTHRITIS CARE and PREVENTION
Most of these conditions could be prevented if the female were properly fed throughout her pregnancy. The time of growth in the uterus is critical in terms of the formation of essential structural tissues. Inadequate nutrition is most detrimental at this time. Avoiding commercial foods and feeding a natural, wholesome diet is an important part of a preventive program. Homeopathic treatment during pregnancy is also an excellent means of minimizing the likelihood of this problem in the next generation. Of course, the mother should not be vaccinated while she is pregnant. After birth, the regular use of vitamin C minimizes or prevents some of these problems. Depending on the size of the animal and its age, give 250 to 2,000 milligrams a day. For instance, a small puppy (like a Pekinese) would get 250 milligrams, a large puppy (like a German shepherd) 500 milligrams. After the dog matures, give 500 to 1,000 milligrams daily for most sizes and perhaps up to 2,000 milligrams for a giant breed like the Great Dane or Saint Bernard. Prevention is very important in arthritic conditions, because once the joints are distorted, the damage has been done.
DOG ARTHRITIS RELIEF and TREATMENT
Even in the face of an already-established condition, there are several things you can do to minimize your pup’s arthritic discomfort. The first step is to feed the natural diet, (see: The RAW Food Diet). Add vitamin C to the diet, 500 to 2,000 milligrams a day, depending on the animal’s size. It’s best to divide the daily amount and give it twice a day.
Other vitamins and supplements that are especially important are vitamin E (or cod-liver oil) and a vitamin A and D combination. Supplements containing glucosamine can also be very helpful with some dogs, primarily where the joints are involved. It does not help every dog, but is worth a try. For a large dog, add 500 mg to food once a day and adjust proportionately for other sizes. Results will be apparent within 3 weeks, often within 1 week, if this supplement will be beneficial to your dog. Be sure to include raw, grated vegetables in the diet, particularly carrots, beets and celery. In addition to these nutritional guidelines, one of the following remedies may help. Choose the one which best fits your situation.
Herbal—Alfalfa: Indicated for the thin, nervous dog with a tendency toward digestive problems as well as arthritis. Depending on its size, add 1 teaspoon to 3 tablespoons of ground or dry blended alfalfa to the daily ration. Another choice is to give your pup 2 to 6 alfalfa tablets a day.
Herbal—Garlic: Garlic is suited for the overweight dog with hip pain, especially a dog that has been on a high-meat diet. Include freshly grated garlic with each meal, using ½ to 3 cloves, depending on the body size.
Homeopathic—Rhus toxicodendron 6C (poison ivy): Do not use the herbal form, of course, but the safe homeopathic preparation, which you can order online in tablet or pellet form. Rhus tox. is indicated for a dog or cat with chronic arthritis, pain or stiffness that is most apparent when the animal gets up after a long rest (for example, overnight). When it first starts to move, the animal shows discomfort or stiffness, but after a few minutes it seems to loosen up and feel better. If the pet also has a tendency toward red, swollen, itchy skin, Rhus tox. will work on both problems (see “Skin Problems”).
Homeopathic—Silicea 30C: This medicine fits many dogs that have inherited joint and bone disease problems. Typically, the symptoms become more severe as the dog gets older, with stiffness, pain, and even distortion of the joints and legs in severe cases. Use this medicine for hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, joint arthritis and arthritis of the spine (spondylitis). Do not give this medicine more than once. If it is not effective, then work with a skilled homeopathic veterinarian.
A disease that affects young dogs, hypertrophic osteodystrophy, causes pain and inflammation of the bones of the legs. Here are a couple of remedies that can be useful.
Homeopathic—Belladonna 30C: When the condition has come on suddenly, is very painful and associated with a fever (temperature over 101.5 degrees F. or 38.6 degrees C.)
Homeopathic—Eupatorium perfoliatum 30C: Try this remedy if Belladonna (above) was not sufficient to resolve the problem or if your dog does not fit the picture described for Belladonna.
I hope this helps your fur kid that has arthritis. Please let us know what has worked for your pup.