Arthritis Remedies for Dogs

Olive Leaf Extract
Posted by Dr. Dana (Kalkaska, Michigan) on 01/24/2012
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Two years ago, my brothers dog (a 70 lb Shepard mix named Cassie) could barely get up let alone walk around without pain and discomfort. He left her in my care while he went on a trip. I was taking Olive Leaf Extract for a flu like symptoms, as O. L. E. Is a natural antibiotic. Cassie had been suffering for quite sometime, I got this idea to give her some of the stuff. The plan was to use it in a 2 week regimen just like I do for myself. I put a 500 mg pill inside a hollowed out vienna sausage, first I had to feed her some w/o the pill so she began to gobble them down, kinda like a kick start to get her gobbling. Once she was used to eating them I gave her the one with the pill in it, worked every time, she gobbled down the sausage and the pill. Much to my surprise, the very next day she showed a great improvement! I continued to give them to her over the next two weeks. It has now been over two years since this dog, that I didn't think was going to make it another 3 or 4 months, took the Olive Leaf Extract and she is doing just fine, especially for an old girl.

You can find Olive Leaf Extract in any health food or vitamin store, my bottle of (120) 500mg pills only cost $22. Way less than a trip to the vet, and there was plenty left over for me for later!!! Since Cassie's health so quickly improved, I have used the same treatment plan on my smaller 10 lb Shitzu dog with great results and no sign of side effects. Hope this helps your dog and or cat, or maybe even you and or your family and friends!

Hyaluronic Acid
Posted by Dr. John (Royal Oak, Michigan, Usa) on 10/19/2011
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Another holistic remedy I have found quite valuable in treating arthritis includes hylauronic acid which aids in supporting joint lubricaton. Acupuncture, chiropractic, and pulsed magnetic therapy are other effective alternative approachs to helping pets over come lameness. MSM, Celtic Sea Salt, and Vitamin E can be added to your pets food to reduce inflammation and free radicals both of which cause pain and lameness.

Dr. John Simon, Woodside Animal Clinic

Posted by Lanehausen (Austin, Texas) on 10/10/2011
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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.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Posted by Caren (Highlands Ranch, Co) on 07/25/2020

There is such a person as an animal chiropractor. Her name is Debbie O'Reilly D.C./Vibrant Energy Healing Center. She adjusts humans, horses, dogs and other animals. I have gone to her in the past for my sweet Pom, Teddy. Hope this helps

Over the Counter
Posted by Sue (Phoenix, Az) on 09/05/2011

Our dog limps in the front from learning about rattlesnakes the hard way as a puppy. Earlier this year she began to limp on the opposite side in the rear and then days later could only walk on 3 legs. She is no light-weight and with the lameness in the front it was not looking good.

I tried some homeopathics and then some blackstrap molasses which may have worked if I could get her to eat it. Same with cider vinegar.

Finally I ordered some gerovital for pets. After a couple days there was no improvement. But in 5 days you would never know there was ever a problem. She was running on all four legs, begging to go for walks, and the limping in the front from the snakebite lessened.

After a couple weeks she began to spit out the gerovital pill, refusing to eat it no matter how well it was disguised in a treat. The limp did not return.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Cathy (Cape Coral, Fl, Usa) on 07/18/2011
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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.

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

How much coconut oil have you been giving your dog?

Sea Mussels
Posted by Josie (Atlanta, Ga, Usa) on 03/22/2010
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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
Posted by Trea (Shirley, New York) on 01/22/2010
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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.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Gwen (Denver, Co) on 12/15/2009
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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!

Lady Gwen

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?

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Gwen (Denver, Co) on 12/18/2009

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,

Lady Gwen

Multiple Remedies
Posted by Alice (Shingle Springs, Ca, U.S.A.) on 11/07/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by James Pettus (Johns Island, SC, USA) on 08/23/2009
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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.

Posted by Linda (Brooklyn, New York) on 04/26/2009

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.

Traumeel and Goji Juice
Posted by Gabbie (Austin, TX) on 01/04/2009

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.

Posted by Bonnie (Colts Neck, NJ) on 12/28/2008

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:
Acupuncture has been another helpful technique for this condition, but it's quite expensive.

Exercise, Turmeric, Glucosamine, MSM
Posted by Deirdre (Atlanta, GA) on 10/03/2008
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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.

Exercise, Turmeric, Glucosamine, MSM
Posted by Scherri (Parker, Co, USA) on 08/14/2009

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.

Blackstrap Molasses
Posted by Amelia (Hattiesburg, Ms) on 09/12/2008
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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.

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.

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