Arthritis And Joint Conditions In Dogs

Osteoarthritis is a common disease that affects one out of five dogs during their lifetime, and the problem does not only affect older dogs. Hip dysplasia, ruptured cruciate ligaments, patella luxation, joint trauma and other joint conditions can cause degenerative arthritis, even in young dogs. Large-breed and heavy dogs are affected more often than small dogs.

Dogs with degenerative arthritis experience varying degrees of lameness, stiffness and joint pain, which is more apparent in the morning and after getting up from a nap. They can also become more irritable and show behavioural changes with this increased disability. Cold and damp surroundings also can increase pain and stiffness.

Degenerative arthritis is progressive, and in time makes a dog’s life miserable. From a holistic perspective, arthritis is an inflammatory condition that can often be traced back to the health of your dog’s digestive system, along with other contributing environmental and genetic factors. This is why naturopathic arthritis treatment and pain relief for dogs usually consists of nutritional treatment as a first response.

When treating arthritis in dogs and focusing on appropriate dietary changes, we eliminate foods such as grains that increase inflammation, and increase anti-inflammatory and antioxidant foods. We encourage detoxification processes and support gut immunity, and prescribe specific herbal pain relief remedies for dogs that have an anti-inflammatory action, reduce discomfort, and assist in rebuilding damaged joints.

Using this approach, pain relief for your dog’s arthritis can sometimes involve nothing more complex than augmenting its diet and lifestyle, rather than relying on conventional medicines. Other specific nutritional remedies and supplements such as probiotics, omega-3 fish oils, etc. may also be prescribed for dogs as required.

A natural approach can be a safe and effective method of managing arthritis in your dog!


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