Last Modified on Jul 18, 2014
As our beloved canine friend begins to age, it is likely that at some point a certain degree of arthritis will set in and begin to slow our pet down a bit. Arthritis affects the animal by causing inflammation and pain in the joints. Although all breeds and sizes of dogs are susceptible, it is the large and giant breeds who are most prone to the problem. The added weight due to their size puts additional pressure on the joints and results in more wear and tear. You may notice, as your pet gets older, that it is increasingly difficult for him or her to get up after sleeping, and might move more slowly or stiffly when walking.
There are a number of things that you can do at home for your pet to slow down the progression of the disease and help your dog to stay healthy and as pain free as possible.
Treatment for Arthritis in Dogs
According to the ASPCA, once your pet has developed arthritis, there is no cure for the condition. However, your veterinarian can work with you to help you devise an effective pain management program for your pet. While most conventional treatments rely initially on antibiotics, painkillers, and anti-inflammatory medications, many programs are designed to also include nutritional supplements, exercise, a healthy diet, and even weight loss if necessary.
The Best Remedies for Arthritis in Dogs
The most beneficial programs pair conventional care with researched natural remedies to treat your animal holistically. According to research, nutritional supplements are some of the most effective tools in the fight against arthritis in dogs. Glucosamine, chondroitin, fish oil, vitamin E, vitamin C, and a number herbs are effective for not only relieving pain associated with arthritis but also reducing inflammation and increasing your pet’s range of motion.
Glucosamine is a nutrient that helps treat arthritis by actually adding protection rather than just minimizing symptoms. Glucosamine is a glycosaminoglycans, a family of nutrients that function to rebuild lost cartilage and restore lost joint fluid. Research suggests that it is best to begin giving your dog high doses first to see if it responds and then decreasing. You can typically find animal nutritional supplements at a pet supply store or from your veterinarian.
Chondroitin is in the same family as glucosamine and actually serves to restore the natural function of your pet’s joints. This supplement helps rebuild the cushion in the commonly affected joints and also lubricates the joint to prevent friction and pain. Again with these supplements, you should begin with a high dose first and work your way down based on appropriate response. Pet-safe chondroitin supplements are typically fairly easy to find as well.
3. Fish Oil
Fish oil contains important omega-3 fats. The most influential elements of fish oil are EPA and DHA, as they are the effective components of the nutrient. These compounds reduce inflammation and treat pain by lubricating the joints. When looking for an appropriate fish oil supplement, look for that contains salmon or EPA oil as these oils contain the most concentrated forms of omega-3 fatty acids. You can give your dog as much as one 300 mg supplement per 10 pounds of body weight each day. Many fish oil products actually need to be refrigerated to maintain their viability.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is a supportive nutrient that your pet needs in addition to fish oil supplements. As your pet takes fish oil, its natural vitamin E levels may drop, so it is important to stabilize them with a nutritional supplement. Additionally, vitamin E has some anti-inflammatory effects that may be beneficial to arthritis treatment. The recommended doses of vitamin E vary by animal size, and range from 100 IU for a small dog to 200 IU for a medium-sized dog, and 400 IU for a large dog.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another important nutrient for treating arthritis in dogs. Calcium contains important nutritional compounds that help reduce inflammation. The nutrient also helps reestablish the appropriate function of nerve signals to better monitor pain. Look for calcium ascorbate or sodium ascorbate, ad these forms are easier on your dog’s stomach.
Here is a daily dosage guide for adult dogs:
Small dogs 500mg - 1,000mg
Medium - Large dogs 1,000mg - 2,000mg
Giant dogs 2,000mg - 4,000mg
Start with the lowest recommended dosage and gradually increase it once or twice per year. If the dog is producing loose stools the dosage may be a bit high so cut back slightly and increase it gradually over time.
Continue reading below to find additional suggestions from our readers for treating arthritis in your dog.
Arthritis - http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/dog-care/arthritis
Arthritis in Dogs: Symptoms and Causes - http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/arthritis-in-dogs-symptoms-and-causes
Canine Arthritis Treatment - http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/10_3/features/Canine-Arthritis_15910-1.html
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Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Blackstrap Molasses
- Chlorophyll, Olive Oil, Broccoli
- Coconut Oil
- Ester C
- Exercise, Turmeric, Glucosamine, MSM
- Flax Seed
- Glucosamine, Turmeric, Blackstrap Molasses
- Heating Pad
- Herbal Tonic
- Hyaluronic Acid
- Multiple Remedies
- Olive Leaf Extract
- Over the Counter
- Raw Goat's Milk
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Mussels
- Sea Salt
- Traumeel and Goji Juice
- Traumeel and Zeel
- Turmeric, Glucosamine, Chondroitin
- Vitamin C
[YEA] 10/10/2011: Lanehausen from Austin, Texas: "I was friends with Alan & Louise Shepard (the astronaut & wife) through a close friend at work in 1996 or so. On a trip to Wimberley, Tx, to visit thier daughter and husband (my friend), they brought a small aging mixed chihuahua with arthritis so bad he could hardly get around. I shared with them, my dad's teachings of giving aging dogs alfalfa tabs crunched up in thier food to help give the joints natural lubrication. In the following weeks I received a letter from Alan & Louise thanking me so much for the tip as their dog was rejuvenated and walking like he had not done in years. Try it, it works. 500- 1500 mg tabs in the food will do it."Replies
05/09/2012: Teri from Willard, Ohio replies: "How much for a dog weighing 102 pounds? My black lab is suffering and I can't stand it! Please help"
07/24/2012: Tony from Tiburon, Ca replies: "My lab developed pain in her front legs, which her vet said was arthritis. He prescribed anti-inflammatories and pain killers which worked really well. But as soon I stopped, the pain returned. Then I tried Dasequin. That didn't help. Finally I tried alfalfa. I increased the dosage to 2 grams twice a day, the result is miraculous. She is no longer hobbling around. When I took her to the park this afternoon, she was running around with all the other dogs. I remember before I gave her the alfalfa, she was always eating grass. No she doesn't do it. I guess she was trying to self-medicate. The alfalfa has really been a god-send."
08/02/2012: Kim from Montgomery, Ny replies: "I have an English Chocolate Lab, he weighs about 111 pounds. He has recently started to limp and the weakness is coming from his back hip. Took him to the vet and his range of motion was great so the vet was trying to rule out arthritis. I asked for an anti-inflammatory (Metacam) and he took it for about 8 days and showed no signs of limping. I am looking for a more natural approach so I was going to have him take chewable Vitamin C (1500mg per day) and chewable Alfalfa tables (1300mg per day). I saw the suggestions on this site so I thought I would give it a try... Today is Day 1. I did speak to my vet and they said they see no evidence or study that shows Vitamin C or Alfalfa helps with arthritis. I have nothing to lose and I don't feel these supplements will hurt him. Does anyone have a suggestion that has tried this? Thank you!"
05/16/2014: Lynn Salazar from Houston, TX replies: "My little girl is a 17 year old 5 lb Pom. She has developed arthritis so badly in her front legs that she can't stand up without me helping her. I've been reading about the alfalfa and wonder if it really works. I love her so much and will try anything to help her. She is strong hearted and strong willed so I just can't put her down."
01/28/2013: Liv from Bendigo, Victoria, Australia: "Thought it may be helpful to share this: My 13 year old female Irish Terrier suffers from rheumatoid and osteo arthritis in her lower back/back legs. Current treatment includes: 1/4 tablet of Deramax daily (anti-inflammatory) which she eats from my hand; and an injection of Synovan (0. 7ml) under the skin every 10 days (a neighbour who is a nurse administers the drug for me, but if you don't mind injecting the dog you can do it yourself). Synovan is a synthetic joint lubrication (I'm told there is no human equivalent) and has turned my dog's life around. Four months ago she was quite suddenly unable to get up off the floor. We had to lift her with a towel and hold her up to do her business. She had stopped wagging her tail and was absolutely miserable. We quickly called the vet to the house and after assessing her administered Synovan. We were saying our goodbyes and quite distressed at seeing her condition. Within two days of the injection she was up and moving and even able to canter along. She has quite a lot of energy and is very interactive with us - so has great quality of life. I notice she still has some stiffness and hot spots so I'm very keen to try the Apple Cider Vinegar, and a neighbour was telling me tonight about the benefits of mixing Borax in some water to take away the arthritis - so I'll look into that after trying ACV. Although it's a pharmaceutical intervention, I'd recommend Synovan as a treatment option if you have a dog who is really suffering from arthritis/joint pain."Replies
07/24/2013: Deksman2 from Zagreb, Croatia replies: "I was looking into dilluting some Borax in my dog's water so she could drink it. She is a black Labrador, 12 years of age, and appears to be in good health (except for the terrible breath which I'm looking into actually).
She does have a lump on her back. Could be anything at this point. My folks took her to the vet, but every time I ask what did the vet say about it, I get a cryptic response or something along the lines 'we don't know'.
Anyway... she doesn't seem to be complaining about it, but I was looking into methods in potentially improving her health if possible (considering her age).
With Borax having some nice effects on me ever since I began drinking it, I was contemplating on using it on our family dog.
Trouble is to figure out what would be a correct dosage of Borax for her during the entire day, and how to get her to drink it up properly because she seems to avoid drinking the water with some baking soda in it.
Granted, the quantities might have been enough to make it strange for her, but still...
Tips and recommendations would be appreciated."
[YEA] 09/20/2011: Katnco from Palisade, Co: "It's a miracle! I posted here on 8/03/11 that I put my 72 lb, 10 yr old dog on Apple Cider Vinegar for three days at that time and he was able to run. Since then, I've been committed to putting 1 tsp in his drinking water every morning - he has so much energy and flexibility! I wish there were a chiropractor to adjust him, because he needs it, but other than that, his youthful vigor has reappeared! THANK YOU EC for blessing us with your information. I truly thought I'd have to put my dog down he was in so much pain. Now he is free to run and play again! I also give him Glucosomine/Chondroitin every morning (1crushed pill) in his food."Replies
04/06/2012: Chic from Las Pinas City, Manila,philippines replies: "How many tsp. of apple cider vinegar needed?"
[YEA] 04/11/2014: Peace from Uk replies: "ACV + Turmeric for Arthritis in Dogs.
About 2-3 years ago, I took my border collie cross to a vet with a joint specialism. He was pretty negative. He told us that our dog had an arthritic knee, possibly due to an old injury, and an arthritic hip. He said that our only option was daily pain killers (which, I found out later, can cause death and are extremely expensive.)
At that point, we were already about 6-12 months into trying natural remedies. We'd been using daily c*rtaflex, cod liver oil and green lipped mussel supplements, with a good diet and regular exercise. We'd also cut out tomatoes and potatoes (ie. no more plate clearing.) These had helped to keep him off daily pain killers but we were still seeing a progression in the disease and he was limping more and more, with a lot of stiffness in the evenings.
I left the vet determined to find a solution and went on to do quite a bit of research. Finally, I got our dog into a simple routine which he is still on today (note: he's about 25kg):
Breakfast: 1 tablespoon ACV (organic, raw, with the mother) mixed with quite a lot of water, in his meal (Burns) so the biscuits go soft. (I'm NOT recommending feeding a kibble diet but it's what he likes and it agrees with him.) Adding the water helps to prevent dehydration and dilutes the ACV so, hopefully, it won't damage his teeth.
Dinner: 1 teaspoon Turmeric (organic, ground - like you would cook with) stirred into water and mixed into his meat. (The turmeric makes him smell but he doesn't mind! )
I have discussed all this with my normal (non-joint specialist) vet and she is very positive about it as she can see how well he is.
My dog is now 11 and lives a full, active, happy life. He has not limped or needed any pain killers since he's been on this dietary routine.
He's not fully healed though - his back legs are clearly not full strength and he is sometimes stiff in the evenings after he's been lying down for a while.
Also, we are careful with his joints. Collies are notoriously 'busy' dogs and he would happily run and jump like a nutter if we encouraged him, but we don't anymore. (That was the one bit of useful advice from the 'joint' vet.) Still, he runs about by himself and is clearly very happy. Also, we are lucky enough to live by the sea so in the summer we get him swimming almost every day.
One point: I looked into using ACV with Sodium bicarbonate (which I take myself) but was advised against this by my vet who said that bicarb can cause kidney problems in dogs and cats. (I have read all sorts about this and decided not to take the risk.)"
07/23/2009: Denise from Pittsburgh, PA: "I have a 9 1/2 year old coonhound mix with arthritis in her front leg(s??). With our vet's recommendation we started her on the Rx med for arthritis. This seemed to take the edge off but not much more than that. Recently I switched from that Rx to a liquid chondroiton/glucosamine msm. Although its been only a week, it doesnt seem to be doing much yet, and maybe we havent given it enough time. I would be interested in trying the ACV rememdy if someone could tell me the dosage for a 9 1/2 year old dog who is approx. 82 lbs."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/22/2010: Trea from Shirley, New York replies: "I tried ACV for my dog today and it made it a little bit better. She hurt her leg when she went out to do her business this morning. She was limping when she came back in. She's a 3 year old Shepherd/Lab mix and occasionally limps when she's been laying down awhile. Two hours after the ACV and a little bit of sea salt in her water and she was at least able to touch her paw back on the floor again, before that she was hopping around.
In the afternoon I put some amalaki juice in with her food just two teaspoons full and about an hour after that she was able to put her full weight on her foot again. She's still limping slightly but that's a big improvement.
I had been given a few bottles of amalaki juice a few months ago by a friend and used it myself and was amazed at how much it had helped my shoulder. I had injured my shoulder at work years ago and assumed I developed arthritis in it because whenever I do yard work it acts up. It worked so quickly that I was amazed. I realized I could not afford the brand he gets but was able to find a much cheaper brand with almost all of the same ingredients and it worked too.
I figured I had nothing to lose so I tried it on the dog. I'm not sure if it was the salt in the water, the ACV or the amalaki juice but I'm happy she's doing better. I am still going to mix some ACV in with her food tonight though and some amalaki juice tomorrow morning with her food."
12/12/2013: Michael from Sacramento, Ca replies: "Dr. Young says to steer clear of supplements with added sweeteners, alcohol, glycerin, citric acid or sugar as these preservative substances create acid in the body. I had my 16 year old Pekingese on a liquid chondroiton/glucosamine msm supplement which had many of the bad preservatives outlined above and my dog lost its appetite and was extremely lethargic. I switched to a chondroiton/glucosamine msm soft chew from the health food store with all natural ingredients and she is fine on it and walking much better."
01/24/2008: JN from Washington, DC: "Please Post this Question on the site. I have been reading about ACV remedies for Dogs. I have a 6 yr old Lab who might be suffering from Arthritis (took her to 3 Vets with X-Rays that don't show anything but she limps each time she gets up) and need to know what is the dosage and how to administer it? Any suggestions as I am desparate to make her feel better as I have stopped her from running or playing with other dogs and she loves to run!!! I strongly believe in natural cures, please help. Thanks"Replies
07/01/2008: Richard from Seal Beach, CA replies: "Re Arthritis remedies: Our 11-year old, 85-pound Golden Retriever has severe spinal arthritis. We have had her on a glucosamne/chondroitin supplement, but she is no longer responding to it. She does not go on walks and lays still all day, apparently because she is in pain.
Can we combine the supplement with apple cider vinegar (ACV)? If so, how much ACV do we give her and how do we administer it? Or should we use ACV only? If we do, what is the dosage? Thank you!"
EC: We are of the opinion that TTouch techniques work the best for conditions like severe arthritis in dogs. Here are our notes on the subject...
07/08/2008: Yolanda from Atlanta, GA, USA replies: "SPECIAL INFORMATION FOR JN,WASHINGTON, D.C. 1/28/08:
IF NO OTHER INDICATION THAT DOG HAS ARTHRITIS, IT COULD VERY WELL BE A MISALIGNED JOINT (HIP, SPINE, ETC.). LOOK FOR A CHIROPRACTOR WHO TREATS DOGS AND/OR VET WHO USES ACUPUNCTURE. MY DACHSIE WAS DOWN IN BACK HIPS AND VET SAID TO LOCK HER IN A CRATE 2 WEEKS! INSANE! I TOOK HER TO MY CHIROPRACTOR, SHE FOUND A PROBLEM IN THE LOW BACK AND TREATED IT. MY DOG JUMPED UP AND RAN IN CIRCLES, TOOK OFF RUNNING DOWN THE 40 FOOT HALLWAY AND BACK, SQUATTED AND PEED. NO PAIN AND SHE WAS ALL PERFECT AGAIN. SHE NEVER HAD THE PROBLEM EVER AGAIN! I HAVE PERSONALLY HAD MIRACLE STORIES SIMILAR TO THAT WITH ACUPUNCTURE."
06/10/2009: Sunsong from Mission, BC Canada replies: "I would like to say that i also had great success with chiropractic treatment for a large Siamese cat that i was looking after for some friends. The chiropracter I found had worked with many animals including horses. His prices were reasonable as well.
The overweight aggressive cat would bite, squirm and generally be miserable anytime we would want to pick him up. I get along with all animals, so this was quite unusual for me! I sensed he was hurting/uncomfortable, so even though my family thought i was crazy, i took the hurting cat to the chiropracter, and voila....after only one treatment, i could pick him up and he purred and looked happy. We took him for an extra 2 treatments after that. It was funny....the cat knew it was good for him and happily laid on the chiropracters bench waiting for his gentle treatment. Our chiropracter used the gentle retractor gun tool to align his back. I think we had a particularly good chiropracter. Needless to say, find one who has worked with animals!!!
I'm guessing, but i think the cat must have jumped off a high ledge at one point,...that may have been what twisted his back out of alignment. By the way, his general anxiety decreased quite a bit after the treatment as well."
11/12/2011: Amy from Kane, Pa replies: "Anyway, I wanted to post this as an idea for others. I had a cat who was 18 years old who effectively cured his own arthritis. He was a very smart little fellow, and he had terrible arthritis that had caused such spots on his hip that were so hot to touch, and he'd limp around in pain. The glucosamine did help some, but nothing worked until we purchased a dehumidifier for our basement. This little tuxedo cat sat next to this dehumidifier day and night, for about a month or more. At the time, I thought he was doing it because of the heat. Low and behold, about a month after doing this, his arthritis was healed, his weight had dropped dramatically, and he was pouncing around like a little kitten. No more hot joints.
I have arthritis, and have thought about trying it, but I don't have the time to sit next to that thing all day. Ahhh the life of a cat... My best friend Snapper has gone to his reward... And may have found a cure of arthritis for some... Hope this helps."
[YEA] Wendy from Canada: "My Chocolate Lab Sam has arthritis and was recently attacked by a dog. I had started him on ACV before but forgot sometimes. He has been on it faithfully for the past 3 weeks now and is getting better and better. He is on a raw diet and I just mix it in. For those dog owners who have dogs with failing health I recommend you look at the BARF diet. I wouldn't have believed that a dog who I was told would be dead in 3 months from liver problems would completely turn around due to diet and supplements(including ACV). We are what we eat and so are our pets. It has been 11 months and Sammy is doing great!"Replies
11/26/2009: Ron from Tottenham, Ontario, Canada replies: "I have a golden, 95lb. How much apple cider vinegar should i give and how. Mixed with his water?"
[YEA] Sandi from Rehoboth MA: "I personally use it several times day, it works for different problems. All the dogs (7) are on it, from a disabled dachsie to three young healthy dachsies. It helps with arthritis, ear problems, wounds, itching. Adjust ph levels, prevents uti's. Gives them a healthy skin and also cleans out the bodies, like it does for humans"Replies
12/06/2009: Gwen from Denver, Colorado replies: "Arthritis Remedies for Dogs - Please give some recommendations as to dosage/amount, & how do you administer? Thank you & Blessings."
[YEA] 07/11/2011: Moshi from Fremantle, Western Australia replies: "for all those asking about ACV doses for dogs. My friends shepherd x had joint inflammation issues. She started with a very small amount, in drinking water, maybe use a dropper, & increased slowly. ACV is very safe & the main issue will be acustomizing your dog to the taste. Her girl happily drinks her ACV laced water now & is no longer showing any signs of joint pain or inflammation!"
07/14/2012: Mary from Victorville, Ca. Usa: "I have brer rabbit molasses all natural unsulphured molasses- can I use this for my dogs arthritis instead of blackstrap?"Replies
06/16/2013: Sandy from Portage, Indiana replies: "Is blackstrap molasses and regular unsulphured molasses the same thing?"
06/21/2013: Amore from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa replies: "No, they are not the same thing. Blackstrap Molasses goes though an additional process to remove the sugar."
07/18/2011: Cathy from Cape Coral, Fl, Usa: "After reading blogs on molasses for dogs I have put our 2 older Dobermans on it. Our 10 year old female had been having difficulty getting up, and she wasn't interested in a lot of activities. Our 9 year old male still has lots of energy but I felt it would be advisable to start him on the same regimine as a precautionary measure. Our female, after 2 weeks is doing so much better, even trying to get our male to play yesterday. We haven't been able to find any information as to whether molasses for an arthritic cat would be safe? Our 16 year old Calico has been diagnosed with severe arthritis in her hips and is on a chrondrotin/glucosamine product which after 2 weeks has really helped, but I'm wondering if it wouldn't be advisable to also give her molasses. Can you advise as to whether it's safe, and if so what the correct dosage for a 10 lb cat would be?
Thank you, Cathy"Replies
08/23/2011: Mark from Long Valley, Nj replies: "Is the molasses still working, are you using anything else?"
05/09/2012: Teri from Willard, Ohio replies: "My 10 year old male black lab is really suffering from arthritis in his hips. I tried glucosamine, but he is not responding to that anymore. He also has diabetes for which I give him insulin twice a day. I'm wondering if I can give him the BSM without increasing his blood sugar levels. I can try the alfalfa but am unsure of how much. Same with the ACV. Can someone please help with amounts? I can't stand to see him suffer-he's my baby!"
[YEA] 11/13/2012: Norak from Tampa, Fl, United States replies: "I give my 70-lb boxer/pit mix 1 TBSP. In the morning and that seems to last all day. It's amazing how quickly it transformed him. In fact, when I saw what it did for him, I started taking it myself for arthritis and it works!"
[YEA] 12/04/2010: Kami from Virginia Beach, Va: "My 13-year-old Beagle mix has had hip problems (displaysia) since he was about 6, tore his ACL and had knee surgery to fix it at age 8, and has suffered from arthritis pain in his hind quarters for years. We were given the typical arthritis meds from the Vet, but it didn't seem to work, and we hated taking him in for blood tests all the time. This past year he really seemed to get worse - to the point of me lifting him to his feet, carrying him outside, and bringing him food and water in bed. He moaned in his sleep, and yelped when he tried to get up on his own... I was thinking it was time for that dreaded visit to the vet.
Then someone referred me to this website. I've tried a few of the remedies (ACV, tumeric, all 3 mixed), but Blackstrap Molasses, alone made the biggest difference. About a month ago, I started giving him about 1/2-3/4 tsp Blackstrap Molasses wrapped in a small piece of bread once a day (in the morning after his breakfast. He weighs 42 lbs. ) Now, he gets up on his own, goes up and down small flights of steps on his own, runs, goes on walks, plays with his doggie sister, and doesn't moan. He jumps up to get food off the dining room table, gets into the trash... He is back to his old bad behaviors. Even my husband (who was very skeptical) says it's like night and day. This site is wonderful. Thank you!"Replies
08/15/2011: Mark from Long Valley, Jersey replies: "Hello Kami, How much ACV and tumeric do you dose your dog with?
[YEA] 12/15/2009: Gwen from Denver, Co: "Wasn't sure if ACV or Molasses was the best place to respond, so I'll post as follow up.
I do a lot of rescue with little dogs. I have 4 right now. One is my daughter's dog that I have been babysitting while she was on a year tour in Mosul, Iraq. She is coming for xmas this weekend & will be taking her baby home with her to Fort Hood in Texas when she returns.
We live in Colorado & am just coming out of a deep freeze for 2 weeks! During the last weekend, my Silky Terrier started whining in pain! ( 6 or 7 years old?) Even though he loves his walks outside & play in the snow, he couldn't even make a full walk around our building. The sever cold was doing something terrible to him! We've a 2bdrm upstairs townhouse, & he couldn't make it up or down the stairs, up or down on couch or bed. He'd just stand there & stare. He's never been through anything like that. His eyes were clear, gum color good, eating, drinking, peeing, but not pooping so well! I think it was too painful. I kept giving him massages & found a small bump on his lower spine. He goes really stupid when we see other dogs on our walks, so I thought maybe he did something to his spine. Looked for animal chiropractor, but too cold to get him anywhere, so kept looking as that was all I could do besides keeping him comfy.
I was freaking out as it was a weekend, everyone's car was in the deep freeze, & the Holistic Vet is about 15 miles up the mountain from me. Luckily, I had some Rimadyl, pain killer left I dosed him with even though I don't trust pharm med's while I research the web for solutions......
I use earth clinic for holistic remedies for me & my pets, & believe me I've saved $1,000's in Vet bills.....& I haven't been to a Doc since 2001. I'm 60.
I also comb through the people section & adjust the dosage for pets.
I ran across "Molasses for Arthritis", pets & humans. My neighbor dug out to go to the store so I had them pick some up for Sparky. OMG! It worked! I dosed him pretty good the first 24 hours & I was just amazed how well it worked for him! He was soon back to him ol'self within 24 hours later. I also gave it to the other 3 dogs in smaller dosage. They are all now so full of energy they are driving me crazy, lol!
I already put h2o, ACV, pinch of Sea Salt in their daily water bowl, but am just amazed how well the Molasses worked for the cold weather Arthritis!
I wanted to post a Thank You follow up to earth clinic & all the wonderful people that share their experiences here!
Happy Holidays & Much Love & Blessings to All!
EC: Thanks for the great feedback! Can you let us know how much blackstrap molasses you are giving your dog and approximately how much he weighs?
12/18/2009: Gwen from Denver, Co replies: "Came back to add that I quit dosing for 2-3 days as weather has gotten better, then today we are in pain again. I've started him back on the Molasses tonight. I may just have to make it as a regular supplement, instead of weekly like the other pups, with his daily meals. Would have taken him to the Vet if it hadn't gotten better, but I already know it would be x-rays & cortisone shot & am trying to not do that. If it continues I will try an animal chiropractor to check it out. I'll be back to update progress in a couple of weeks. Some kind of inflammation problem. I may also try adding Turmeric in a couple of days, but don't want to constipate him just yet. I'll research dosage for that one........and let you know or please advise.
He's probably 10-15 lbs. I started with about a tablespoon on a plate....he ate it. So I cooked some rice like someone else on here said to do, & mixed in another big spoon full. A tablespoon here, a tablespoon there, just really wanted to get it into his system. I did this a couple of times into the night, & like I said, he was his old self the next day!
I think it would be pretty hard to over dose when giving natural remedies. When your animal doesn't feel good they will let you know when they've had enough. They seem to know.
Thanks again & Many blessing to all,
10/13/2010: Suzy8track from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "I have a 15 yo Samoyed dog named Aspen. He has been on Glucosamine and Chondroitin for a few years now, but he's starting to experience some back leg weakness, especially now that it is starting to get colder outside. I'm concerned that he will get so bad that he will no longer be able to climb the steps. I have been looking for alternative, natural remedies for him (No pharamceuticals for this baby). The blackstrap molasses sounds like it may be able help him. I'm just curious as to how much I should give him? He's small for a Samoyed, only 46 lbs."
03/11/2012: Edith from Ventura, Ca replies: "Hi there. When I was reading this I wondered if you would also consider getting little boots for your dogs feet in the snow? My little dog suffered through last year's blizzards in New York, and I had to get little boots to protect her feet from the snow and salt on the sidewalks and it helped her so much. Also, when she came inside, I would take the boots off and her feet would be dry--no mess at all."
11/14/2009: Kassewss from Louisvillle, Ms: "hey, i am new tothis site and have read about bms for dogs with arthitis and want to try it as i have 3 elderly dogs. stormy is a boxer(13), kansas-mixed(15), rainey (11) suffer from stiff joints and storm can't jump on the bed by herself sometimes.
how much do i start out with as i don't want to overdo it. i will probably try 2-3 tbsps. a day until advised otherwise.
i sure hope this works. kansas also has severe ear infections and i am going to try the apple cider vinegar, water & alcohol mixture to cure the fungus in her ears. wish us good luck. thanks to all that have contributed."
03/27/2012: Dara from Newport Beach, Ca replies: "Alcohol should never be added to dogs ear drops. it will burn their ears and throw ph off."
[YEA] 04/28/2009: ArtsyWench from Las Vegas, NV: "I have a 9 year old, 88lb, female Akita. She stopped eating, was listless and had trouble getting up. Since she had cancer a couple of years back, we rushed her to the vet fearing the worst. $1700 in vet bills later, nothing was found (bloodwork, catscan, xrays, stool samples, urine samples, the works). So the doctor thought maybe she had a case of cold weather joint pain or arthritis. I wasn't willing to start her on medication until I did some research. A friend told me her dog had the same symptoms and her holistics vet gave her Blackstrap Molasses, (and this site backed it up) so I tried it and within 2 doses (24 hours) she was up and around... now only 2 weeks later, she's pulling me up hills on our walks.
I give her a tbsp in the morning and another tbsp at night... and if I miss a dose, I can tell. So, I don't know if it's doggie crack or what, but she is very close to being back to her young self."
[YEA] 03/20/2011: April from Hollidaysburg, Pa replies: "Thanks to everyone who posted on here. You have helped my eleven year old Rottweiler in ways you can never understand. I've been reading up on natural products for arthritis, began giving her organic black strap molasses and organic extra virgin coconut oil and in twenty-four hours she has become almost completely pain free and feeling like she is getting stronger each day. Thank everyone so much for your notes on what you have tried."
10/05/2011: Patty from Escondido, Ca. Usa replies: "My son has a 8 year old Rottie and she has suffered from hip and joint pain most of her life. I stumbled accross this site and was wondering how much molasses to start her on. Also will any regular store bought molasses work?"
[YEA] 09/12/2008: Amelia from Hattiesburg, Ms: "I read the email about the dogs being given the Blackstrap Molasses and how they are vibrant and doing fine, so I decided to give my pomeranian who is suffering from arthritis some BSM on some cooked white rice. Well I'm glad I did and I am giving it to him and my other dogs over white rice every 2 days and boy do they have energy. My Pom has been jumping like he use to jump before the arthritis pain. I have a miniture chihuahua and 2 American Stafford Shireterriers and they all seem more vibrant and happy. I myself take BSM and it has worked wonders for me. My anemia is over, my tiredness is gone, I feel so much better since reading this BSM Info on this site. Thank you guys so much and may God forever Bless each of you that shared."
11/22/2011: Rosannie from Mcalpin, Florida: "I have an old dog with arthritis. Can you just mix 1/4 tsp. of borax on the dogs food?"Replies
06/22/2012: Missmelissa from San Ramon, Ca replies: "Um no, I do not think so. I would not give borax to an animal."
02/27/2014: Bohnney from Kern County, Ca replies: "I thought Borax was poisonous because of the "Caution" labeling but went ahead and looked it up putting "eat borax" in the Google Search box. I am learning some very informative information....."
04/15/2014: Zark from Oz replies: "Rosannie - Borax is a kind of salt that is mined and safe when used in modest amounts, as with most nutrients it is all about -how much-. And yes I said nutrient here, it is the boron content of borax which our bodies need, and unfortunately our soils are very severely depleted. Borax is the salt form of boron and nothing more. If you can take the time to look up the toxicity information regarding borax (sodium borate) and table salt (sodium chloride), whilst scary, you will find that borax is in fact safer than table salt. Think about it this way: what would happen if you ate 5 tablespoons of table salt? You would be very sick, and yet in modest amounts it is actually useful for your body as an electrolyte.. well the same principal holds true for borax."