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Joint Care for Pets

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Just like humans, dogs experience joint pain and degradation. Just like humans, they can have nasty side effects from pharmaceuticals and can benefit from a natural joint care plan. Many of our customers wonder if they can use the same supplements that help them to assist their pets. For many remedies, the answer is yes! Read on to find out which natural supplements can help pet joint pain. However, cats have a unique physiology that may not metabolize substances in the same way, so check with a vet, especially one who knows about natural remedies, before giving your cat any supplements. The following recommendations are applicable for dogs.Cocker spaniel dog

Omega-3s for Pet Joint Pain

Omega-3 fatty acids, most commonly found in fatty fish, have many benefits, including helping joint pain and inflammation. EPA and DHA, which are found in salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna, can help reduce stiffness and joint pain associated with joint conditions like osteoarthritis, both in humans and dogs. By mixing a good source of omega-3s into your dog’s food, or giving them an omega-3 rich treat every day, your dog will experience improved joint health, as well as a strong cardiovascular system, healthy brain, and healthy, shiny skin and coat. Make sure your dog is taking high quality sources of omega-3s, as these fats can easily go rancid, which can be very unhealthy. Also be careful and avoid feeding your dog much or any fish. Dogs can end up with high mercury levels from a diet containing fish.

Turmeric curcuminCurcumin to Reduce Inflammation in Dogs

Curcumin, a compound from turmeric, is one of our best sellers for human joint pain, and it can help your dog too! Animals with osteoarthritis, inflammation, or age-related cartilage breakdown can be eased by a curcumin supplement. For pets, avoid supplements with black pepper, as it can be irritating. Instead, look for a high-potency curcumin supplement, perhaps one made with turmeric oil.

Boswellia for Joint Pain

Boswellia has similar effects to curcumin- it reduces pain and inflammation. In one study of 24 dogs with chronic joint and spinal diseases, a standardized boswellia extract in dogs’ food led to improvement in symptoms in 71% of the dogs. Some supplements contain both curcumin and boswellia, so they may be a good choice for dogs experiencing lameness and stiffness.

Acupuncture for Pets

Yes, there are actually pet acupuncturists! Acupuncture can work just as well for animals as it does for people. This therapy has no side effects, can be used alongside other treatments, and can be very relaxing to dogs. Look for a specialized pet acupuncturist to treat your pet. Relief can be seen in as little as one treatment, but the most benefit will occur over time with continued acupuncture.

Keep Your Pets Safe!

Not everything that is safe for humans is safe for dogs. Do not give your dog anything containing Tylenol, onions, macadamia nuts, chocolate, hops, grapes or raisins, or coffee. Consult with your vet when in doubt about what foods and supplements are safe for dogs.