Each dog will display symptoms of Osteoarthritis in different ways. It is important for the owner to recognize how their pet displays symptoms, in order to properly treat it through natural and herbal medicines as well as certain foods and supplements, wrote Dr. Julie Mayer, DVM of Integrative Pet Care, featured in the June 2011 edition of Dogs Naturally Magazine. Some pets may have more pain and discomfort when the weather is wet, while others may have more difficulty during periods of activity.
Treating Osteoarthritis by consuming certain foods, supplements, and natural medicines listed below may help to decrease stiffness, reduce inflammation, strengthen bones and joints, reduce dampness in joints, and ease pain and discomfort.
Food Remedies to Address Symptoms of Arthritis
Break Up Stiffness – basil, barley crab, alfalfa, kelp, almond, shrimp, oats, nori, vinegar, and wheat germ
Anti-inflammatory – alfalfa, turnip, sweet potato, squash, spinach, soybean, radish, pumpkin, pear, peach, parsley, papaya, mango, kale, ginger, garlic, cucumber, celery, cauliflower, carrot, cabbage, broccoli, berries, beets, beans, bananas, apples
Anti-inflammatory and Antioxidants – citrus fruits and veggies, green tea, grape seed extract, quercetin, pine bark
Supplements to Reduce Inflammation and Improve Joint Function
Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C, Silicon, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Calcium, MSM, Green Lipped Mussel, Cetylmeristoleate, and Omega 3
Ginger – a common anti-inflammatory herbal remedy
Arnica – an herbal pain killer
Aconitum napellus – addresses both pain and inflammation made worse during cold weather
Rhus toxicodendron – helps with stiffness when moving after periods of inactivity
Byronia – aids in controlling symptoms after periods of activity
Calcarea phosphoric – reduces bone calcification
Ruta graveolens – assists with stiffness that appears during damp weather
Morinda root – strengthens bones and joints
Mellettia – addresses dampness and stiffness in joints
Du huo – dries out dampness in joints and reduces pain
Eucommia – strengthens bones and helps to heal injuries
Frankincense (Boswellia) – reduces joint pain and improves function
Poria – reduces dampness and stiffness in joints
Myrrh – breaks up stiffness and reduces inflammation
Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) – improves strength in bones and joints while reducing numbness in arms and legs
Creating a Treatment Plan for Your Pet
Dr. Mayer suggests that pet owners who would like a holistic approach to the symptoms of Arthritis should do so by first consulting their dog’s health care provider, as well as by including a physical therapy routine, based upon the needs and abilities of their pets.
The key to providing an effective treatment plan for a pet with Arthritis, is through understanding the types of symptoms the pet has and how those symptoms are triggered (during damp weather, after periods of activity, etc.). Using one or a combination of foods and alternative medicines may help to ease pain and improve joint function.
By Sarah Zumhofe