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Arthritis and Other Injuries

Dog ArthritisJoints perform complex anatomical and mechanical functions and as such any injury or condition can affect the dog’s entire body.  Understand that it’s not only the dog’s knee or hip that is suffering, but his entire being.  Joints would have no function whatsoever if it were not for the support of adjacent muscles, tendons, nerves and membranes providing lubrication.  Treating the condition of arthritis or other injury requires the remedy of healing the whole body.  An initial action to take is evaluating the dog’s diet.  Is the diet one of whole, natural foods or dry kibble full of grain?

Proper nutrition is important at all stages of a dog’s life, not just when signs of degeneration become evident.  There are some foods that may increase inflammation and some have found that by eliminating all grains including potato (except for sweet), their dog is more active and in less pain.  Another factor to take into consideration when dealing with arthritis or injury is the dog’s weight.  If your pup needs to lose a few pounds, moderate, low-impact exercise is essential.  Walking and swimming are excellent exercises.  Adding a Glucosamine supplement is a must for dogs suffering from arthritis.  Although it does not cure the condition, Glucosamine assists in the replenishment of cartilage and decreases irritation, inflammation and pain.  There are also some herbs that assist in reducing inflammation including boswellia, turmeric, and hawthorn.  For injuries such as cruciate tears, Arnica Montana 30c is a good place to start.  This remedy should not be given to dogs with arthritis as Arnica should not be used for a prolonged period of time.  Arnica Montana is one of the best-known homeopathic remedies and is primarily used for any kind of physical trauma. Therefore it is good for muscle aches, sprains, strains, and injuries.

Also beneficial to injuries or arthritis is acupuncture, chiropractic, massage and/or physical therapy.  Not only will this help eliminate pain, but will assist in returning the joint to function normally.  Note that when dogs suffer from either arthritis or an injury, the joint or ligament may not return to operating at 100%.  And that’s okay…….because your dog will always be whole in your eyes.  So no matter how you decide to treat an injury or arthritis, work with a holistic veterinarian to guarantee you select the most advantageous remedies and therapies specifically designed for your best friend.

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