Posted on: 22 December 2015Share
While your furry friend was once able to run around, jump, fetch and play with no problem, your dog will likely eventually struggle when it comes to simply standing up after a nap. This may be due to arthritis. If you believe your canine has arthritis, it is best to have it medically diagnosed by a veterinarian. In the meantime, it doesn't hurt to do your share of research on some natural ways to help your dog manage the typical symptoms of arthritis, which can include these four:
1. Add Glucosamine to Your Dog's Daily Diet.
Glucosamine is naturally produced in your four-legged friend's body. However, as your dog gets older, the natural production of the substance is reduced. This leads to less repair of body tissues, thereby resulting in pain and stiffness of the joints. Over time, this can lead to agonizing arthritis. Luckily, glucosamine can be given as a supplement to help rebuild cartilage and restore your furry friend's function and physical activity levels by reducing swelling and pain. In some cases, glucosamine supplements can eliminate your dog's need to take NSAIDS, which could have side effects and doesn't repair the cartilage.
2. Increase Intake of Omega-3 Fatty Acids.
It isn't uncommon to hear that Omega-3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish oil, are good for your health. However, you may not have heard that it can be helpful for canines who are suffering from arthritis. According to one scientific study, dogs who received Omega-3 fatty acids experienced an increased ability to stand up from a resting position within six weeks. Within 12 weeks, these same dogs saw a significant improvement in their ability to walk.
3. Consider Giving Your Canine Turmeric.
Turmeric has long been a popular herb used in traditional medicine and for cooking. Now, it appears that turmeric is becoming popular for use in humans and dogs with arthritis. According to research, turmeric, which contains anti-inflammatory properties, has the ability to reduce the symptoms that are typically associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Specifically, this is thanks to the curcumin that is found within the turmeric, as it is a very potent antioxidant. Antioxidants work to offset free radicals, which thereby reduces joint inflammation, pain and damage associated with arthritis.
4. Give Acupuncture a Try.
It may sound crazy, but acupuncture is just as good of a method for reliving pain as it is for humans. As a general rule, your furry friend will feel better after just a few acupuncture treatments. In many cases, though, your dog will need to go in for a "tune up" two to four times annually, depending on the severity of the arthritis and pain. If you decide to go this route, it is crucial that you locate an individual who is trained and specializes in animal acupuncture.
These four things are all ways you can naturally help your dog deal with their symptoms of arthritis. If you have any questions or would like help devising a pain management program that will be effective in keeping your dog healthy and pain-free, speak to a professional at a veterinary hospital.