We have a dog that is a 10 year old blue healer. She was really struggling to get around and was very stiff and "stoved up". It didn't help that she was overweight and at her age it seems to take longer for her to lose weight. We thought that it maybe in the short future we would have to think about putting her down if she couldn't walk. I started giving her and our other dog 2 tsp of liver powder mixed in some plain yogurt daily and within 3 days there was a huge improvement! She could barely walk before and now will break out into short runs and moves 10 times quicker and walks much faster! Our other dog's coat is much softer and shinier. I have increased the amount I am giving them to 1 tablespoon. I am also going to try feeding them whole liver since we have some that is from a grass fed cow. Be sure to feed your dog something with fiber to help their digestive system as the liver seems to be a little constipating. I feed them pumpkin when giving them their liver(not mixed with the liver). I hope this can help anyone else who might be looking for something to help with older dogs. If I had know about this I would have been giving them liver since they were puppies.
I give my severely arthritic pit bull New Zealand Green-lipped Sea Mussels (Perna canaliculus) and it works brilliantly. She weighs about 55 lbs and is on the lean side...if your arthritic dog is even slightly overweight the kindest thing you can do is get the weight off. I give 1000 mg two times daily on her food. She likes the taste. You'll find the capsules at your health food or supplement store. She's been on them for over six years without interruption until I ran out of them for two days last week. The difference was astounding, we won't run out again. Feedback I've had from other folks is that they either work spectacularly or not at all, but for my part I'm thrilled we tried them. Thanks!
Apple Cider Vinegar
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.
Where can I find this Rhus product and what exactly is it?
EC: Hi Anita,
This homeopathic remedy is inexpensive and easy to find. Your local health food store might carry it. Or check out all the online sources at Google shopping: http://www.google.com/products?q=Rhus&hl=en&aq=f
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,
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. 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?
I have used RhusTox 6x, 4 pellets 3x/day for my older dogs who have trouble getting on their back legs. Once I see improvement, I cut back the dosage to once or twice a day. It works quickly.
If you have a juicer, juice cruciferous family veggies like broccoli, kale, cabbage, and mix that with canned cat food. You can add fish oil and nettle powder and even safflower blossoms (health food store) turmeric and garlic oil as these all inhibit the inflammation. Pigs feet broth is also helpful for it's chondroitins which nourish joint cartiledge. Fixed my dog's arthritis in 2-3 weeks.
dogs with arthritis: as a boarding kennel owner we have given older dogs yucca tablets with great results. small dogs 1or 2 tablets twice a day large dogs 2 to 4 twice a day for about 2 weeks or until results are seen. then you can maintain with 1 a day.
Exercise, Turmeric, Glucosamine, MSM
My 5-year-old Welsh Corgi has had a limp due to a hip problem. He loves to play fetch and would play until he was tired, but then he would limp much worse with exercise. I started him on Turmeric and Flax Seed Oil and he immediately started to put weight on his leg and walk normally. I have tried Glucosamine and pain pills (from the vet) and this has been the best (and fastest acting) "cure" for my little guy. Now I see him "smiling" more when he is out playing because he is not limping around afterward. Thanks to Earth Clinic.
Raw Goat's Milk
Raw goat's milk for old arthritic cats and dogs
This past month my 15-year-old male cat (who is largely blind due to cataracts and has very bad back trouble after being run over by cars twice) has begun acting better. He trots around the yard, has an increased appetite, has put on weight and overall has more energy. It even seemed like he could see better. We were unsure of the cause. I thought it could be the milder summer weather or the h2o2 I put in his water or just luck. But now I think I know the answer to the riddle of his improved health: raw goats milk.
I got some more goats milk this morning and was talking to my friend about her own cats and dogs. She said they inherited a 13-year-old dog who had been cruelly penned up and could barely walk. The dog cried whenever she tried to straighten up. She was given goat's milk, just like all the other animals on the farm, and now the dog runs around "like she owns the place."
That was the light bulb moment for me. My cat loves that milk and when we gave it to him he bugged us all day every day for doses of the milk. We thought it was cute, but of course didn't realize it was doing him so much good.
What's really funny is he usually scrams whenever people visit. But he sat right by my friend as we chatted. I think he could smell the goat's milk!
I grew up on a farm and milked the goats every day before school and at night. My mom always said goat's milk was the best for you.
I take MSM when I remember to take it for healthy hair growth. My little 9 year old terrier has developed a limp when she gets up from sleep so I'm giving her a little every day to see how it helps her. She had surgery once for a benign lump which her Vet said would reoccur-no lump in a year since on ESSIAC! She has been on MSM for about three days now so I'll see in a few weeks-no more surgery for my beautiful girl.
Chlorophyll, Olive Oil, Broccoli
i used clorophyl, a green juice and evoo, 1 teaspoon of each to start in water. then gradually twice a day. my dogs had arthritis and this helped so much. i also give them steamed broccoli a few small bunches a day. theyre doing great. i hope this helps someone.
EC: EVOO = Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Traumeel and Goji Juice
My 11 yr old lab/chow mix has arthritis in his back. Thanks to your helpful posts we're starting a treatment of 10 drops traumeel in 1 oz of Goji juice. He loves Goji juice and it's high in vitamin C and gives us the perfect delivery system for the traumeel. Will research a couple of other items listed and post again if they help.
Shakey dog legs: My 11 year old Jack Russell terrier is in good health walking at least a mile a day and running in a big yard. Over the past year he has developed a shakiness in his rear legs-like a nervous tremor. He is not in pain but I was hoping someone might have a supplement to suggest-He gets a dab of coconut oil daily and I have started ACV drops on his back and water. I was feeding antioxidant vitamins too. Any suggestions would be most helpful. Thanks!
EC: Our dog Max has had this issue for the past few years -- he's turning 15 in March! T-Touch (aka Tellington TTouch) has been very effective at stopping the tremors for a day or two. More about T-Touch here: http://www.ttouch.com/aboutLinda.shtml
Acupuncture has been another helpful technique for this condition, but it's quite expensive.
Exercise, Turmeric, Glucosamine, MSM
Just wanted to report that I am having great results on my 14+ year old german shephard mix who has arthritis (especially in the hips). I think that one of the most helpful and important things I'm doing is exercising him without fail every day. I take him on walks each day, usually about 3.5 miles total. Considering his age, he's in remarkably good shape and, except on steep hills, keeps up with our other 2 young dogs. We used to walk by a neighbor's golden retriever who was let outside in the front yard several times a day to do her thing. She hobbled around in obvious pain, barely able to walk. I never once saw the owners taking their sweet dog out for a walk. She was only about 10 years old when they put her to sleep. Just my opinion, but I think early deaths happen with some frequency to yard-only dogs. Exercise keeps those joints lubricated!
Supplements: I also recently started adding turmeric, msm and glucosamine to Max's food. Dosages: 1/4 teaspoon of powdered turmeric in his food in the morning, diluted with chicken broth. At night I crush a 1000 mg tablet of MSM and give him half of it (500 mg), plus a full capsule of glucosamine blend from Trader Joe's (glucosamine sulfate 750mg and glucosamine HCI 750 mg). My vet mentioned that she likes the combo of MSM and glucosamine for dogs with arthritis, which is why I started him on that a few weeks ago. The turmeric has helped heal up a benign cyst that had burst through the skin on his front paw. Very glad one of EC's readers reported a cure for dog cysts recently -- thanks! At any rate, Max seems to be doing better on the supplements -- walking faster, wrestling with the other dogs, less confusion at night when the lights go off. Yea, yea, yea.
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.
I always keep high potency Apis Mellifica homeopathic remedy on hand. My daughter is allergic to bee stings.
Natural remedies for animals seem to fly in the face of those who claim they only work as placebos.
Shake some unprocessed sea salt into the pooch's water. Domestic animals are notoriously salt deficient. If you know of someone who has a pet with arthritis, you can see the benefits of the watercure immediately. Just shake some sea salt in their water dish. I don't know if it's the salt or if it is the fact that they seem to drink more water if it has a pinch of salt in it, but it works. The "placebo effect" claims so often used against natural remedies won't hold up against a dog that is cured of arthritis or a child cured of asthma.
For my Lhasa Apso, I have used sea salt, after I had used it on myself with such amazing results. My "puppy" was 16 years old and could barely move around. I simply put a little salt in her water and she immediately started drinking more water. Her water consumption had slowed way down when she started getting old.
Unfortunately, she was already well into kidney failure but she was quite perky and able to jump up on the couch and run up and down the stairs as she hadn't in quite a while. It was very strange. She was perky and happy up to the very end though she was extremely emaciated by then. I was very comforted to have made her last days so happy and active. I miss her very much.