March 6, 2014

How to Naturally Treat Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Filed under: Cats,Dogs,Dr. Loridawn's Lessons,Holistic Pet Care — Tags: — Dr. Loridawn Gordon @ 11:21 pm

arthritis-dogs-catsThe jumping, running, and strain on the joints builds up during the duration of a pet’s life and can end result in arthritis, just like it can in a human. Arthritis can be a painful condition for our pets, so it is important to recognize the symptoms and natural remedies that can help treat and prevent arthritis in pets.

Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Symptoms of arthritis in cats and dogs are very similar. They may include any of the following:

• Slowed movement
• Lameness
• Pain
• Stiffness
• Reluctant to move around

If you notice any of the symptoms of arthritis in your dog or cat, it’s important that you address the symptom by treating it right away.

Treating Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Conventional treatment to treat arthritis in your dog or cat can range from anti-inflammatory medications like acetaminophen and aspirin. Cats have difficult time being treated with these medications. Overall, prescription medication can have long-term negative effects on cats and dogs.
The good news is that there is a way to treat and prevent arthritis through a natural approach. A few approaches include the following:

Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Dogs and Cats

Some of the most common herbs to treat arthritis in dogs and cats include Devil’s Claw, Ashwagandha, Bosweillia, and Turmeric. Devil’s claw and Bosweillia help reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness, whereas Ashwagandha helps reduce stress in the body. Turmeric is an all-star herb. It has very strong anti-inflammatory effects, but is also a strong antioxidant that can help prevent many other diseases.

Supplements for Dogs and Cats with Arthritis

Excellent preventatives supplement, and handy for mild cases of arthritis, are Vitamin C and E. Both of these vitamins provide anti-inflammatory properties in the body. Glucosamine is also a popular supplement, even with pet owners, for treating arthritis. Glucosamine enhances the cartilage between joints.

You should begin to taking care of your pet’s joint health starting at a young age. This will allow you to help prevent the negative effects of arthritis from harming your furry companion’s quality life.

Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.