Dogs and pets can get arthritis
Stiff joints and aches and pains are problems that many of us suffer from as we age. Dogs and other pets also suffer similar effects of ageing.
Arthritis is the name given to swelling or inflammation of the joints. Dogs in particular can suffer badly with aches and pains, common problem areas for dogs are legs, hips and back. Also swollen paws and ankle joints can make walking and running painful.
What causes arthritis in dogs and other pets?
Arthritis in dogs and other pets is largely the result of ageing and wear and tear on bones, joints and cartilage. It can be made worse by things like damp and cold weather, issues with food intolerances and in some cases as a symptom of other underlying illness.
What treatments are available for pets with arthritis?
There are numerous treatments for arthritis and rheumatism in pets. Dogs with arthritis can be prescribed NSAIDs (Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs), in the same way these are prescribed for humans, these drugs can reduce inflammation, swelling and reduce pain levels. However as with humans prolonged use of NSAIDs can cause issues with the stomach and gut which can lead to other complications.
Are there natural treatments for pets with Arthritis or rheumatism?
There are a number of natural and plant based treatments specially developed for treating pets with arthritis and rheumatism, it is important to remember some supplements are unsuitable for some pets, typically dogs and cats can take many supplements humans can but other pets these can be extremely harmful so it is always important to check suitability with your vet!
Also dosage in pets is usually dependent on their weight so it is vitally important you check and adhere to the guidance on the recommended dosage instructions. Natural treatments for inflammation and arthritis in pets include:
- HEMP Oil – CBD oils is the hot new natural supplement for humans. It is thought that hemp oils have beneficial effects for pets with inflammation and joint pain.
- Turmeric Curcumin & Ginger – These two root herbs are extremely popular, they are used daily by a growing number of humans, the anti inflammatory effects of turmeric and ginger are also likely to have an effect in naturally lowering the inflammation in pets.
- Glucosamine & Chondroitin – Are natural complex sugars, the two are powerful anti-inflammatories. It is thought that they play an essential role in the maintenance and regeneration of healthy cartilage. Lower doses can be given to dogs and sometimes cats to combat the effects of rheumatic disorders and arthritis. Together they can help prolong the life of joints and cartilage, thus reducing inflammation.
- Fatty Acids (OMEGA Oils) – 3, 6, 9 OMEGA oils are known to have inflammation fighting properties.