The heartbreaking truth for all dog owners is that, sooner or later, your four-legged friend will suffer some degree of dog joint pain. There are numerous determining factors that contribute to the onset of this tragic condition. Of the most common causes of dog joint pain is arthritis. And of course, older dogs have a greater likleyhood of getting this disease. Additionaly, other factors such as lack of exercise, obesity, degenerative conditions such as hip dysplasia and inflammatory diets can aggrevate your dog’s condition and make the pain more severe than it needs to be.
There are tell-tale signs and certain behavior changes that indicate that your dog is suffering from joint pain. Some of the more common signs include walking in an unusual manner, difficulty standing, visible swelling of the joints, and an unwillingness to jump in the car or climb stairs. And in very severe cases, your dog will avois walking as much as possible. Any dog owner that witnessess such behavior is certain to be troubled by seeing their canine friend suffering. Luckily, their are now many remedies available that can ease your dog’s pain and increase the quality of their life.
Dog Joint Pain – The Problem with Conventional Drugs
Many people are prone to use conventional medications when their dogs begin to show signs of joint pain. Such treatments (typically NSAIDS) can only be used short-term, as they can produce some nasty side effects if used for a long period of time. Many veterinarians are hesitant to prescribe these drugs, unless the dog is very elderly and needs to be kept comfortable. For the thousands of younger dogs needing relief from joint pain, most canine health professionals are recommending a more natural approach for the treatment of dog joint pain.
Dog Joint Pain – A Myriad Of Natural Treatment Options
As mentioned above, most veterinarians are now creating pain relief protocals that consit of natural and herbal remidies. Below are listed just a few options to help relieve your dog’s joint pain:
Exercise – it seems counter-intuative to prescribe moving for a dog that is in pain. However, joints that are not exercised regularly will degenerate as a much quicker pace. Not to mention the muscles that support the joints will also atrophy, making the condition much more severe. Strenuous exercise is not condoned for dogs with joint pain, but short walks and other low-impact exercise (like swimming and hydrotherapy) is most beneficial.
Massage – a powerful pain relieving and healing modality. Applying gentle pressure and massage to each joint and adjacent tendons will help stimulate bolood flow and oxygen to the affected tissues and joints, which is most helpful in relieving pain and keeping the joints and ligaments healthy.
Anti-Inflammatory Herbs – There are many anti-inflammatory natural herbs available in capsule or powder form. One such beneficial herb is Tumeric. Recent studies have shown that Curcumin (the active ingredient in Tumeric) can be more beneficial than NSAIDS for the treatment of joint pain. There are now dog formulas of Tumeric available that can be given orally or sprinkled daily of their food.
Herbal pain alleviation ingredients such as Cayenne are available in ointments, creams and gels. Their efficacy has been proven for the short term alleviation of dog joint pain. When applied topically, these products significantly reduce pain and inflammation of the affected joints.
The above suggestions are merely a sampling of numerous available natural treatments for dog joint pain. Try one or a combination of a few to help alleviate your dog’s arthritis symptoms. It is, of course, adviseable to consult with your canine health professional before deciding on treatment options.