Arthritis Remedies for Dogs

| Modified on Jul 16, 2021

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Kim (Colorado ) on 04/03/2019

Can cats handle blackstrap molasses? My 14 yo cat has really bad arthritis in his back legs. Thank you!!


Aflalfa
Posted by Cathy (La) on 05/05/2018

Hi, where can I buy these alfalfa capsules and what dosing for 5lb Chihuahua? I've given the powdered alfalfa in food before but never heard of the capsules. Thanks so much!


Aflalfa
Posted by Me (Vista) on 01/27/2018
5 out of 5 stars

Best thing for arthritis is alfalfa.I used alfalfa capsules wrapped in cheese and gave it to my chihuahua and it healed the arthritis in her hip.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Apryl (Aiken, Sc) on 08/03/2017
4 out of 5 stars

Did the Molasses make your dog puke? Cause ever since I've been giving it to him. He has vomited twice this week! But, his Arthritis has been a lot better. He weighs 80 pds, and I have been giving him 1 TS twice a day.Can't figure why it makes him sick??


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Karen (Wheatland, Wy.) on 07/05/2017

I have been using Blackstrap for years, you have to be careful with it. It is high in iron and if you use it for long periods of time it can cause kidney problems. Do not use it all the time, just when needed. Just a thought.


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Misty (Texas) on 07/04/2017

How much coconut oil have you been giving your dog?


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Maggie's Dad (Cedar Rapids, Ia) on 03/08/2017
5 out of 5 stars

After reading the blackstrap molasses reviews I figured I would give it a try on my 12 yo Golden Retriever. She has arthritis in her hips and is on an anti-inflammatory. Over the past few weeks she has been declining to the point where she needed help to get up off the floor and could not do a short set of steps to get in and out. Was thinking we were getting near the end with her so I tried the molasses. She has been on it for 6 days and she is doing amazing! Still a little slow to get up, but gets up on her own with no problems. I am amazed. I started out giving her 1 Tbls twice a day on a piece of bread but after a couple of days I backed off to 1 tsp twice a day and she is still doing very well. Thank you to all who posted on here before me, if it had not been for the posts I would have been making a very hard decision now instead. Hope my review helps others!

Boron, Vitamin K2
Posted by Siddavis (Springfield, Mo) on 02/26/2017
5 out of 5 stars

My 7 year old dog started showing signs of arthritis; stiffness and limping, particularly after first getting up from sleep, much subdued excitement, and refusing go on long walks, but some improvement if she was limited to short walks. I started giving here 3 mg of boron a day, and 100 mg of vitamin K2. She improved after about 4 weeks, then when I quit the treatment she got worse, only to improve again when I re-started these supplements.

Not a scientific approach, I know, but as long as she is comfortable and her old frisky self, it is good enough for me.


Knee Brace
Posted by Lily (Colorado, Usa) on 06/02/2016
5 out of 5 stars

For arthritis, this is a remedy that isn't something you can "administer" your dog but in my case it has done an incredible job of keeping my pup relatively pain free and active despite her arthritic knees. I use a dog knee brace, by Ortocanis, one for each of her knees that's affected. This brace in particular is flexible enough so that I can keep it on her for extended periods of time, and allows for full range of motion. She never wears it to sleep and I take it off when we're lounging around at home. But on the days where I can tell she's in more pain, or her limp is back, the brace almost always reduces inflammation and creates a noticeable improvement in her mobility.


Multiple Remedies
Posted by Roxie (Emporia, Kansas) on 12/31/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I have a 10 year old pug and since the weather got cold he could barely get himself up from a laying position, I mix black strap mollases, coconut oil, peanut butter and he licks it off my finger. He can now get up by himself and does not walk stiff legged anymore. I also give him 1 low dose asprin a day for the pain and have added esther c to it also, I am amazed at how well he is doing now.


Turmeric
Posted by Kate (London, England) on 11/17/2014

I have just been recommended organic turmeric for my 14yr old chocolate lab who has bad arthritis in one of his elbows. A friend told me who also has an old lab, she mixes 1 teaspoon with olive oil or coconut oil plus some ground black pepper (very important apparently) twice a day and puts it in the food. She says it is brilliant and that it will work after only a week. I have just send off for mine so I can't wait to give it to my old boy. Anyway I thought it might be a help to some other sufferers, its so sad seeing them in pain and not wanting to go for a walk.


MSM
Posted by Mucky (Roseville, Ca) on 10/23/2014
5 out of 5 stars

The vet said the x-rays confirmed arthritis in our 10 year old cat. She was limping and acting different; isolating herself. The vet prescribed her some pain medicine and while waiting for it I put a good pinch of MSM powder in her wet food one evening. The next morning, I found her toys strewn throughout the hallway. Something she had not done since the onset of the limp. The limp was only noticeable if you looked for it. We continued the pinch of MSM plus a pinch of Vitamin C powder. After a few days, she was zipping and jumping around like her old self. Absolutely no signs of discomfort from the arthritis. Never even picked up the pain meds. Truly amazing.


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 08/11/2014

Hey Christy!

I must respectfully disagree with you! I did some fact checking, and this is what I learned about it.

White rice is not really bad for dogs. In fact, because of its high digestibility, it is a good food to feed to a dog with tummy upset. White rice is close to brown rice in nutrition: brown rice has just a wee bit more nutritional benefit. White rice is superior to brown rice in terms of arsenic levels, so a better choice for young animals.

http://www.aworkoutroutine.com/brown-rice-vs-white-rice/

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/10/arsenic-in-rice


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Christy (PA, US) on 08/10/2014

I've heard NOT to give dogs white rice. Only give them brown rice. Apparently, something about the white rice is really bad for dogs. That is all I know about it. Sounds like the molasses is good though.


Ester C
Posted by Theresa (Mpls., Mn) on 01/26/2014

Thanks for this tip! I will be passing it on to a friend who has a dobie who is starting to feel his age - I am sure this will help!

:)


Ester C
Posted by Me (Nj) on 01/26/2014
5 out of 5 stars

I give my golden retriever, age 11.5 Ester C of 1000mg per day.

Two years ago, he could scarcely walk or get up due to awful stiffness of the hind quarters. I was so worried I'd lose him! And he was suffering.

The vet's x-rays showed, to his joyful surprise, zero arthritis in hips and no hip dysplasia. His wife, the other vet in their family practice, prescribed pills for my dog. I tried a 2 week sample. I didn't see much improvement, and he would need regular screening to ensure the pills weren't causing serious organ problems (a possible side effect of these pills). Not only that, but boy, were they expensive! It would have cost $300 per month to purchase those pills.

I wished for an answer, and shortly I received it. My neighbor, who owns 5 gorgeously healthy, huge labrador retrievers, and whose daughter is a veterinary technician, said he'd share his "secret" with me.

Ester C. Yes indeed, Ester C, my friends, that was THE answer! Apparently it even helps if your dog DOES have hip dysplasia. It doesn't cure the dysplasia, but it somehow relieves their pain so they can walk again! I googled it up and down to be sure it was safe and I was providing my faithful friend the right dosage.

My Findings:

1) Apparently you must use ONLY Ester C, not regular vitamin C (it can cause stomach upset). Give the Ester C with their meal, not on an empty stomach.

2) You should load them up in increments, building them up to the proper dose, don't give the maximum dose from the start. After you've built them up to the maximum dose they can tolerate without stomach upset and suitable for their size/weight, you soon see the results. Then you can lower them to a maintenance dose: For my golden retriever, I began with 500mg per day divided into his two meals morning and evening (250mg morning 250mg evening) for several days. I then slowly increased him to 1000 per day, (500mg AM and 500mg PM). I then upped him to 2000mg (1,000mg AM 1,000mg PM).

I saw results in a couple of weeks. I lowered his dose to 1000mg and I have maintained him on 1 capsule of time-release Ester C per day in his breakfast meal for 2 years.

My boyfriend saw the difference, my sister saw the difference and I see the difference. He gets up off the floor NO PROBLEM. Now, mind you, he is 11.5 years old. He is better now than he was at age 8!

He can walk 2.5 miles again like we used to do! I never thought he'd be able to ever do that again!

And guess how much this wonderful treatment costs me? Less than $10. a month! I buy a bottle of 1000mg time-release Ester C, 60 capsules, for about $10. Can you believe it? I can buy the 90 capsules for about $15. That's a 3 month supply, folks.

I guess we're not supposed to name companies here, but it comes in an orange box and an orange bottle. I buy it at Walmart and also at my supermarket Shoprite. I'm sure any decent Ester C will do.

It is for humans, not special for dogs.

I love it and am so thankful for what it has done for my dog!

I hope this post is useful to other dogs out there. I did a lot of research before I used Ester C on my dog. So of course I advise you to research what is right for your dog.

Good luck

Yucca
Posted by Judy (Denver, Co) on 06/01/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Years ago I had a Spitz about 12 years old that developed arthritis so bad that when he laid on slick kitchen floor he couldnt get up. His front feet kept sliding and had to be picked up and stand him up so he could walk. I know we arent supposed to give brand names, but here goes. Kroeger Herbs Rumafix, has yucca as prime ingredient. Dog weighed 35 lbs. I gave him one capsule a day and in four days he was fine. His urine was very dark yellow first day. By fourth day urine was normal color and he was playing and running around with year old pup. Hannah Kroeger, master herbalist claimed arthritis in dogs is caused by a virus. She has a website.

I gave some to my vet for his dog that he was treating with his meds that werent working. He looked at me like I was crazy. Don't know if he ever tried it, but it worked like a charm for my dog. He lived to be 18 1/2 and was never bothered by arthritis again.

Turmeric
Posted by Gardengirl (Gallatin, Tn/USA) on 03/04/2013
5 out of 5 stars

Turmeric saved my baby's life ( 15lbs. Dashound ) she's about 12 years and was really a hard time with moving around. I give her about 3 T. tuna fish/in oil ( I feed the cat every morning with tuna fish mixed with dry cat food) in that I put about 1t. turmenic with about 2 dashes blk. pepper. She now moving around like a puppy and even runs to get her tuna fish meal. Hope this saves your baby too!!!


Herbal Tonic
Posted by Lizardhaven (Desert Hot Springs, California) on 01/12/2013
5 out of 5 stars

i have had an elist for over a decade to help pets sent home to die when vets cancer treatments failed to work, or pets were too old and refused treatment. we wanted to find what increased the quality of life and extended the predicted life span.

One remedy we use is a strong tea made from 2 parts powdered neem, graviola, and chapparal, and one part andrographis.

We found that within a few days almost all pets felt better. Arthritis, other joint problems, and symptoms related to aging seemed to improve so consistently that many people now use the tonic as an arthritis remedy.


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Norak (Tampa, Fl, United States) on 11/13/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I give my 70-lb boxer/pit mix 1 TBSP. In the morning for arthritis 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!


Vitamin C
Posted by Es (Newton, NJ) on 11/07/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My dog, a loving and happy 10 year old golden retriever, was stiff and had trouble getting up. It was sad to see and I was worried. Vet recommended extremely expensive pills - an anti-inflammatory painkilling drug which is bad for their kidneys anyway. I tried it for a while but then was told about vitamin C by my neighbor who has 5 healthy black labs and his daughter is a veterinary technician. I worked him up to 2000mg of [vitamin] C daily, (1000mg twice a day) starting at 500 (250mg twice a day with food) and building up, adding more each week. Yes, he is SO much better now, we've been doing this faithfully for 5 months now. My boyfriend noticed how much better he was walking and getting up. It is a godsend. I never did need to get a refill of those pills from the vet in the end. The [vitamin] C worked much better, and instead of costing me hundreds of dollars per month, it costs us only $10. Per month. Thank you [vitamin] C!!!


Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Blistersister (Brampton, Ontario Canada) on 08/01/2012
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you for information about the blackstrap molasses I started my 12 yr old lab on this and within 2 days I can already see a difference. I live in a basement apt and she has to go upstairs to go out. Before it took her almost 5 min to climb up the stairs today she bounded up like a little pup. Thank you so much for giving me back by baby.


Glucosamine, Turmeric, Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Tamara (Bellevue, Washington) on 05/18/2012
5 out of 5 stars

My boyfriend's grandma's dog Muffie was apparently born with arthritis, according to her vet. She's been on pain killers her entire 9 year life. Since they're so damaging to the liver, she was expected to continually get worse and die from this supposed cure. I noticed that the twice a day regimen (I believe it was rimadyl and tramodal) was indeed not enough to take away the pain any longer. She had a hard time sitting down and getting back up and whimpered while doing so. Instead of going to the vet or upping the dosage, since they both felt like downward spirals to the same end, I decided to take matters into my own hands.

I put her on a diet (mainly, I told everyone to stop feeding her under the table, Lol. ) to help relieve the pressure the extra weight was putting on her joints. Then I started giving her leftover glucosamine tablets from when Grandma took them. I put them in the little pill pockets for dogs until we ran out, then I started to make my own. They are expensive and who knows what's in them! I think the "pockets" I make are also key. Here's what I do:

In a small bowl I mix peanut butter (maybe 4 tbls) with blackstrap molasses until it looks like chocolate (maybe 4-6 tbls?). I don't measure I just mix until it gets a good color. Then I add turmeric powder until it goes from syrup to a malleable putty that cleanly comes off the fingers. I put it into a small jar and then whenever Muffie needs her "medicine" I scoop out a little bit, roll the glucosamine into a little ball and feed her the pill.

She loves it and no longer has any mobility issues, or pain that I can tell. I've been doing this since November 2011. Muffie gets one pill, twice a day, and the amount of turmeric/bsm/pb "pocket" that I make lasts about 3-4 weeks. I buy the turmeric in a half pound bag from the Indian market for about 5 dollars, so this remedy is cheap for us (I haven't even come close to running out yet). It's cheaper than what the vet gives her. Plus, I know it's good for her!

I think the turmeric helped her liver detox the pain pills, reduce inflammation, and lose weight, too, since it helped her liver to process the fat she was losing from her "diet". The powder also allows the concoction to be rolled into a ball instead of just getting peanut butter all over your hands! Be careful, though, it stains yellow.

The BSM is also good for arthritis, but the peanut butter is just a tasty medium that she'll eat. Otherwise, she just spits it out. Before coming up with the homemade pocket I tried bread, cheese, and meat to no avail.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Edith (Ventura, Ca) on 03/11/2012

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.



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