Sometimes the simplest natural cures are the most effective. You might never have thought to look toward that jar of molasses way back in the cupboard as a potential home remedy for your pet's ailment, but in fact molasses -- particularly blackstrap molasses -- has a long and popular history as a natural cure for many ailments among dogs and humans alike.
Far more than simply sugar, molasses is full of minerals and a few other nutrients, the combination of which has proven effective at combatting both acute and chronic ailments.
Natural Pet Cures: In particular, Earth Clinic community members and the wider alternative health community have used molasses in the treatment of arthritis in dogs. Also, some report using molasses successfully as a remedy for dogs suffering symptoms of bereavement and even for tumors.
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12/14/2010: Fltanz from Anywhere, Fl, Usa: "I would like to start giving my dog's blackstrap molasses for arthritis. I'm not sure if it needs to be organic or if the plain stuff from walmart would work. Also, I read that coconut oil would be helpful, does it need to be cold pressed or virgin or ????. Thank you and my babies thank you."Replies
[YEA] 02/20/2013: Jd from Columbus, Ohio replies: "My nearly 11-year old, 18.5 pound female pug was diagnosed w/ arthritis late last year. She also had been diagnosed w/ hip issues and general loss of vitality.
Once again, I searched EarthClinic and read about healing properties of Blackstrap Molasses and Coconut Oil. So, I bought some and started mixing it in w/ her dinner - generally 1 TBSP of each.
After several months of doing this and observing her, I can testify to how well it has worked. She is running around, jumping, just like she did when she was younger. Great remedy!"
[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."Replies
01/13/2010: Raveesh from Kl, Malaysia replies: "Hi, can you please tell me how old your dog is... and are there any side effects of BSM? My dog is 14.5 (Golden) and has acute arthritis... Thanks for your help."
[YEA] 09/08/2007: D from Atlanta, GA: "Many, many thanks to Archie from West Covina, Cal for writing in about molasses for aging/sad dogs. I had just bought organic molasses (regular, not blackstrap) at the grocery store for myself and decided after reading Archie's email that I would also give it to my two dogs. One of my dogs is a 13 years old, 55 pound shepard mutt who has a rough time walking up hills when we go on our daily walks. I added molasses to both dogs meals today (good quality kibble, slightly undercooked ground turkey, and 1/2 teaspoon of molasses that I watered down with hot water) and OMG!! I cannot believe the difference in just one day! On our walk tonight, my elderly dog walked at a fast clip the entire walk, even on the hills. No problem whatsoever. WOW! Molasses should be a must for all aging dogs. I will write in again after they've been on it longer with another update. My dog won't touch apple cider vinegar or any other supplement I try to give him, so this remedy is a God send. My finicky boy dog actually likes the taste of molasses!
P.S. I am slowly going to increase the amount of molasses I give the dogs. I am starting slowly because I don't want them to get the runs!"
EC: More arthritis remedies for pets here: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/arthritis.htm
11/26/2008: Edith from Clifton, Tx. USA replies: "I have been reading how BSM has helped large dogs. I have a 11 yr. old Hoilstine cow and she has arthitis in her front leg/ shoulder bad enough to cause a severe limp. She is 3 months preg. and i want to ease her if possible."
08/04/2011: Norma from San Diego, California replies: "im sorry but I do believe dogs bereave over the death of loved ones- I've seen it happen many times- in fact I had two dogs that were rsised together and at age seven I had to put one down due to a broken back. After a few months of the litter mate she just laid down and died. Lll"
[YEA] 09/06/2007: Archie from West Covina, Cal: "Dogs Sad after Owner Passes are CURED!!! Well for 8 solid months Ive been taking care of 2 older dogs who are deaply saddend by the passing of there owner and very good friend of mine. These 2 did nothing but mope around depressed! They needed something soon before they would die of depression. I found out the Healing power that mollasses has given me and thought ..maybe it could help these 2 dogs.???So, I poured some on there dog food ,and,was amazed they ate it. In less than 1 day these dogs turned had turned completely around!!!They started playing & barking and to this day (2 months later)they are high spirited and ALIVE !!! Im only a Maytag Repairman & I came up with there cure of dog sadness."Replies
05/08/2011: Diamond from Salisbury, Ma.USA replies: "Archie; It was very nice of you to keep the dogs and treat them well, it was very honorable of you. However, animals do not hold onto negative input or output, what I had learned during training for my dogs was; animals never hold onto things such as their masters/mates passing away its a reflection of the other person(s) knowing and missing that person passing away. When you or other owner/companion no longer grieves over the death of their beloved friend then the dogs too will move on in life. I hope I wrote this so it's understandable? Thank you for your time. Good luck & hope you keep us posted."
10/12/2011: Diaphanous from Austin, Tx replies: "Hi. I must disagree with the statement that dogs do not have grief. I have seen dogs stop eating and functioning due to grief. You can see this in animal shelters. Also, I think that there is great variety in dogs' reactions due to variances in intelligence."
09/23/2012: Must Love Dogs from Port Of Spain, Trinidad replies: "I also disagree that dogs do not bereave their owners. My 11 yr cocker spaniel mix, gets very depressed whenever I leave home for more than 2 days. I travel for work at least once a year and I still live with my parents, wh gave me the dog when I was 13, so he knows them and grew up with all of us, yet when I leave he refuses to eat and he mopes. It was so severe that my dad had to play a lot more with him to coax to eat even a little. Usually when I return from theses trips my dog has lost a considerable amount of weight.
When I do return he gets excited and refuses to eat unless I am around to watch. And when I do leave to goo out he would whine and bite my clothes to tug me and prevent me from going through the door. Only when he sees me leaving and returning daily after a week he settles down.
Dogs do bereave their owners. I have an 11 year that is living proof of that even though I leave only temporarily and for at most two weeks."
[YEA] Glen from St. Mary's Newfoundland: "A friend of mine who's dog was riddled with cancerous tumors gave him black strap molasses each day for a month. she took him back to the Veterinarian and the cancer and tumor were gone! Her mother, who was a medicine woman in the hills of West Virginia suggested she do this as the ancient egyptians used the remedy for consumption (cancer)."Replies
12/26/2008: Kathleen from Oxford, New York USA replies: "I would like to know from Glen St. Mary's/Newfoundland about what dosage was given to the dog with cancerous tumors and how much the dog weighed. I have a 45 pound dog that has a large tumor and want to start her on blackstrap molasses ASAP but don't want to overdose her. Thank you."
04/27/2013: Susie from Halifax`, Va replies: "I am going too start them on molasses immediately and will let u know of the changes."