As your dog gets older, they may experience achy joints, which make movement uncomfortable. Dogs experience achy joints as they age much the same way that humans do, and their joints can develop arthritis. Here are three natural ways you can help ease your old dog's pain from aching joints.
#1 Omega 3-Fatty Acids
Check out the food that your dog is eating. Read the label and see if your dog is getting Omega 3-fatty acids in their regular diet. Omega 3-fatty acids can help keep your dog's joints healthy and prevent their joints from aging at an accelerated rate. Additionally, Omega-3 can help reduce inflammation, which will help ease the pain in your dog's joints. If your dog is not getting enough of these naturally in their diet, you can feed your dog Omega-3 supplements. Just check with your vet to make sure that you are providing your dog with the correct dosage of Omega-3 supplements based on your dog's weight, size, diet and overall health history.
One reason why your dog's joints are so achy is because, as your dog ages, they may be experiencing increased occurrences of inflammation in their joints. Traumeel is a made out of natural elements such as belladonna, bellis perennis, chamomilla, and Echinacea. It is a homeopathic blend that is designed to be applied topically to help reduce pain and inflammation that occurs within your dog's musculoskeletal system. It is something that you would need to apply to your dog's achy joints on a daily basis or when you notice your dog is in a lot of pain.
#3 Glucosamine & Chondroitin
Glucosamine and chondroitin are two natural supplements that you can give your dog. These two supplements are designed to not just treat your dog's pain from their achy joints but to also help repair the damaged cartilage around their joints. One of the greatest things about using this supplement is that it carries a very low risk of side effects. However, you need to be patient if you choose to give this supplement to your dog. It can take a while for glucosamine and chondroitin to start working and reversing the effects of damage to your dog's joints. Be sure to ask your vet if you're giving the correct dosage as well.
Discuss with your holistic veterinarian the three natural ways listed above to treat your dog's achy joints and pain, and come up with a natural plan to treat your dog.