Herbs for Dogs Suffering from Arthritis
Arthritis mainly affects the joints. A dog that’s suffering from this illness can hardly move around due to the pain that it feels in the joints. Pharmaceutical drugs have for a long time been used to manage the condition. Research has also proved that natural herbs can be used to relieve pain in the joints. But this doesn’t mean that you should stop giving your canine prescription drugs.
The two kinds of medication should be used together to guarantee best results. “Botanicals are really drugs waiting to be refined into pharmaceuticals,” says Mike Petty, DVM, a certified veterinary pain practitioner and the past-president of the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management.
Be on the Safe Side
Herbs are actually not different from the medicine that is bought over the counter. The herbs can therefore cause serious side effects when taken in the wrong dosage. Besides that, there are some herbs that might react badly when taken alongside prescription medicine. It’s therefore recommended that you consult your vet before administering any herbs to your dog.
Turmeric is sourced from curcumin herb. The herb has been used in different parts of the world to treat joint pains in humans for many years. The good thing is that it works the same way in dogs. When a dog has arthritis, the pain in the joints is caused by the free radicals. These radicals are also responsible for damaging the joints. On its part, curcumin is an antioxidant that fights against these free radicals. The recommended curcumin dosage is 1/8 to a 1/4 teaspoon per day, for every 10lbs of body weight.
You probably add cinnamon into your tea and food due to its rich aroma and health benefits. Although the herb is commonly used in remedying conditions such as bowel disease, stomach cramps and diarrhea, researchers have found that cinnamon can be given to dogs with arthritis to help in relieving pain in the joints. However, the herb doesn’t relieve joint pain completely. It only reduces the magnitude. The recommended dosage for standard size dogs is a 1/4 teaspoon of powdered cinnamon mixed with food twice per day.