Arthritis is common in dogs, just like it is in us humans. So what can we do for our furry friends who are feeling achy, inflamed and sore from arthritis? There are some dietary and lifestyle adjustments we humans can use — look into them for your dogs too!
What is arthritis?
Depending on its form, arthritis can cause swelling, pain, joint damage, reduced activity and lessened quality of life. Often it happens simply as a by-product of age, or can be a result of previous injury, overuse or underlying viral or bacterial causes
Often, anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed and likely provide some relief, but also can come with their own potential problems.
What’s a good diet for a dog with arthritis?
An antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory diet is crucial. As a holistic minded vet I know once said, “all commercial pet food is inflammatory.” This is true for many reasons, including heavy processing, nutrient depletion, poor quality and many other potential factors.
Transitioning to a clean, human-grade, homemade diet can work wonders for the body in numerous ways including reducing inflammation.
Recipes for dogs with arthritis
Pet parents can do this easily, using any of numerous healthy recipes found on my website.
You can help your dog by cutting out processed foods and poor quality items and replacing them with fresh ingredients that help curb inflammation. A clean, high quality diet in general will help with this, but specific foods that are known to reduce inflammation include many vegetables and fruits, healthy oils (real olive oil, unrefined coconut oil) wild fish, sardines and other high quality meats your dog’s body needs.
Other natural approaches to arthritis
For a more comprehensive summary of natural approaches to arthritis in dogs, you can order my e-booklet, Natural Approaches to Arthritis in Dogs.
Glucosamine with chondroitin is also a popular, likely beneficial supplement. Many other supplements have been reviewed, and I am working on a report about this. Contact me for more information.
Improving your dog’s diet, taking him for regular walks and providing him with a low-stress, love-filled environment can go a long way.
Outside of diet, there are other natural approaches that can really help. These include acupuncture, homeopathy, massage and more.
Exercise is beneficial in arthritis management, and can help keep weight in check – another beneficial aspect. Start slowly and gently, as your dog may be sore.
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