Herbs for pets – Part 2

Arthritis and Natural herbs for your dog

Lucy

Agreed i am blogging after a long time but here I am with part 2 of natural pet care as promised ūüôā

Just like in humans, arthritis is a very common disease affecting aging dogs (especially the specialty breed).

Lets look at few herbs that can help ease you pet’s pain and inflammation coming up due to this disease.

One of the most important category of herbs to add in your pet’s diet are ANTIOXIDANTS. Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are the particles produced when the cells in the body are exposed to toxins, pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and toxic emissions in the air.

The best Herbal antioxidants you can add to your pet’s daily diet are the culinary herbs like Oregano, thyme, ginger, basil, parsley,¬†coriander/ cilantro, celery seeds as these can be sprinkled on your dog’s food or mix it easily.

The second category  is herbs for PAIN RELIEF. Pain and inflammation are the two common results of arthritis and as we need to keep our pet on the go, we need to do all we can to help them be comfortable while moving.

Herbs for pain relief are:

1) Licorice root:  This is the nontoxic option to steroids. This might take a month or two to show the result but at least it keeps your dog from adverse side effects of steroid medications.

2) Cayenne pepper: Pepper made from Capsicum family. This herb taken internally offers relief from pain and it also helps transport the herbs and other medicines to the joint area where they are needed.

3) St-John’s-wort: This herb eases pain and speeds the healing process.

4) Turmeric: This famous Indian culinary herb is widely used in Ayurvedic medicine specifically for arthritis. Majority of the pets like the taste of this herb. All you need to do is sprinkle it on your dogs food and mix well.

It is a good practice to add the culinary herbs and turmeric to your pet’s diet from pup stage to keep them healthy.

Take good care of your pet’s nutrition. It will go a long way.

Reference:

1.¬†¬†Dr. Randy Kidd, D.V.M., Ph.D., (2000).¬†Dr. Kidd’s Guide to Herbal Dog Care,¬†Versa Press (U.S.A) ¬†Storey Publishing.

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