Herbal Joint Relief for Dogs

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Herbal Joint Relief for Dogs
Herbal joint remedies can provide natural pain relief for dogs. (dogs image by lena Letuchaia from Fotolia.com)

For pet owners who do not wish to risk subjecting their dogs to the dangers that are associated with popular joint-pain relievers, consider giving herbal remedies a try. Herbs are typically safe and work with the body to help heal itself instead of simply masking the pain. Before placing your pooch on any herbal joint remedies, consult your veterinarian first.

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Helpful Herbs

According to the website "Natural-Dog-Health-Remedies," there are a variety of herbs that can be used for joint pain. Many of these herbs can be used in the forms of tinctures, teas, salves and oil infusions. Herbs that are commonly used in relieving joint pain include feverfew, liquorice, St. John's Wort, yucca, cayenne and tumeric.

How Herbs Provide Relief

Herbs have many properties that can provide relief to dogs that are experiencing joint pain. For instance, the website "Natural-Dog-Health-Remedies" states that feverfew has strong anti-inflammatory properties that are especially beneficial for dogs with arthritis. St. John's Wort is beneficial when used to relive pain that is caused by damage to joints, nerve endings and muscles. Liquorice is an effective anti-inflammatory that relieves pain without compromising the body's immune system. Tumeric's anti-inflammatory properties are said to be just as effective as cortisone, but without the harmful side effects.

Where to Obtain Herbal Joint Remedies

Depending upon where you live, it may be difficult to find herbal joint remedies. Holistic veterinarians and practitioners might carry herbal joint remedies in their offices. In addition, many health-food stores or herb shops generally keep the remedies on hand.

Dosage

Many herbal dosages depend upon the weight of the dog; therefore, consult your holistic veterinarian or health-food store employee for dosage information. In addition, your vet can provide information about how often to apply the external treatments to your pooch.

Time of Effectiveness

The rate that your dog experiences relief from herbal joint remedies depends upon your pooch and the herb. Some dogs feel better after just a few applications of the remedy, while others take a few weeks or even months before relief is experienced. Consult with your holistic vet about the expected time period for pain relief.

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