Q: Is there any holistic treatment for arthritis for dogs?
March 13, 2008 | By Maxzena | 4 answers | Expired: 2534 days ago
Does glucosamine help? Charlie limps after a walk as he has arthritis in his right leg. Any ideas
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Mar 21, 2008
My cat is on Glucosamine for bladder issues. I'm told it's used primarily for joint problems but that it can also reduce bladder inflamation in the same way it reduces joint inflamation . My vet did tell me though, that it takes about a month to build up in the system. I believe this to be true because it took a while for my cat to get better. He ultimately did and will now be on the glucosamine for life to keep the problem from reccuring. If you do use it don't expect it to work right away. I was told that it is quite safe for long term use so it is certainly worth a try.
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Mar 16, 2008
There's a number of things you can do for an arthritic dog that don't involve prescription medications:
First of all, make sure the dog is at a healthy weight. Being overweight agitates it and makes it progressively worse.
Second: Vitamen C! Vitamen C supplements should be given on a daily basis (as recommended by the holistic dog therapist my dog sees)
Third: Glucosamine/Chondriatin.... even though these two supplements are not proven to be effective, they are helpful for many dogs. They can be taken in tablet form, and also, "better" senior dog foods, such as Canidae Platinum, include both of these in their dog food.
Fourth: heat/massage. I don't know how appropriate this would be for your dog, depending on the location of the soreness? For my dog, who is arthritic in her lower back and hips, I use a microwavable heating pad (can buy at any pet store) for 5 minutes, the massage her for 5 minutes.
And finally, Doggie physical therapists work! Look around or ask your vet for a recommended dog rehabiliator/physical therapist with a good reputation. My dog, and many that I know, see a local woman who does hydrotherapy, ultrasound, heat treatments, deep tissue massage, exercises, etc. and it works wonders!
Hope this was helpful. Of course, I am not vet, but these are the holistic treatments I am aware of that I recommend.
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