Last Modified on Nov 23, 2014
There are a number of things that you can do at home for your pet to slow down the progression of arthritis and help your dog to stay healthy and as pain free as possible.
The first solution is to incorporate substantial doses of powdered Vitamin C into the dog's daily meal. Vitamin C will help keep tissue healthy and protect against further joint deterioration. (Use a sodium ascorbate or another form of buffered vitamin C, as plain ascorbic acid may cause an upset 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.
Do you give your pet Vitamin C? Please tell us about it!
[YEA] My cat was lethargic, drinking extra water, and his coat lacked shine. I had great luck using powdered ascorbic acid (vitamin C) mixed with water for this condition. I put a half teaspoon into a small cup, added water, then used a plastic syringe (available at drugstores) to give to my cat orally.
The next morning after giving vitamin C, he was plumper, healthier, and happy. I will continue to give him 250 mg a day for now to take care of any problems he mght be experiencing with his kidneys. Apparently the max dose is 250 a day for cats.
I was getting worried about my kitty and am so happy to see him improving so rapidly! High dose vitamin C therapy prevents all kinds of human diseases as well!