There is nothing worse than seeing your dog stiff, lame, in pain and struggling on a daily basis due to arthritis. The harsh pain killers generally prescribed to manage the pain can be tough on their stomachs, causing undesirable side effects. Not to mention the worry they bring when using them long term. They can be tough on the digestive tract, liver and pancreas.
Not only do we worry about the short and long term side effects of heavy dosed pain killers for our dogs but we also worry about the joints themselves. Yes these tablets or liquid pain killer will reduce the pain but will they do anything for the condition itself? Will they prevent the joint from deteriorating further? Generally not.
Can Puppies develop arthritis?
Yes! Absolutely puppies can develop arthritis from a very young age. Their skeletal development in first 1 to 2 years is crucial. So how you you prevent arthritis in dogs? Genetics play a large role in the possibility of them developing conditions such as hip dysplasia, spondylosis etc however you can minimize the impacts of these conditions by feeing them a nutrient rich diet and natural herbal supplements.
At Fetch we love to see puppies developing on a Raw diet, the benefits are endless and it ensures they receive the correct nutrients through the development stages. You can view the raw diet range here.
A raw diet is not for everyone though, many circumstances may mean you need to choose kibble for your puppy instead. In this case we recommend Nourish Rite, a grain free, high meat content kibble that uses freshly prepared ingredients. You can view the Puppy range of Nourish Rite here.
If you know that your puppy is at risk of developing arthritis or any other bone and joint condition it is crucial that you supplement their diet with Flax-Ability. Not sure if they are at risk of developing such conditions? Well we still recommend giving it to them, once they are over 12 weeks old.
Natural Pain Management for your Dog
For the Adult dog, we recommend various different approaches to arthritis depending on the stage they are at with their condition.
Bone and Joint Support – Flax-Ability
A potent arthritis supplement for your dog, Flax-Ability is made from cold pressed flaxseed oil and a blend of natural herbs, to support the health and strength of your dog’s bones, joints, and muscles.
All dogs can benefit from extra support for their musculoskeletal system, but this holistic supplement is especially helpful for aging, arthritic, weak, stiff, or injured dogs.
- Aids in joint mobility & strength
- Encourages healthy bones
- Rich in Omegas 3 & 6
- Reduces swelling and eases discomfort
- Reduces inflammation throughout the body
- Packed with essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
- Supports healthy skin and coat
- Aids digestion & boosts immunity
We recommend giving this at the very early stages of their condition to prevent their symptoms worsening over time. It was an absolute game changer for our Rottweiler cross girl, Ameera.
Arthritis Pain in Dogs – CBD Oil
For those dogs that are in pain, the condition has worsened and they are stiff after light exercise, we recommend introducing CBD. It is a fantastic natural pain reliever with no nasty side effects.
The size of your dog and the stages of their condition plays a role in how much CBD oil you give them. An example though would be a 25kg Medium sized dog in considerable pain would need x10 drops of 600mg CBD oil twice a day. So on average this bottle would last them 6 weeks. Not sure how much to give your dog? Drop us an email and we can help.
Stiffness – Golden Paste
Golden Paste gets 5 star reviews over and over again simply because it is absolutely fantastic for so many health conditions including arthritis.
We would highly recommend this for older dogs, those that are struggling with their mobility, post surgery and even just a general all round booster.
We wrote a blog about Golden Paste some years ago – have a read.
What has worked for our Ameera?
If you have ever spoken to me about your dog and their joint condition, you have more than likely heard about my Ameera. For those that have not, here is a little bit about her.
Ameera is a Rottweiler Cross girl that I adopted from Cara Rescue Dogs 7 years ago now. She was 4 months of age when I got her and by 8 months I could see she was having difficulties with her hips. From there I began supplementing her diet with bone and joint tablets. Unfortunately though we did not have the products we have available today, back then.
By the age of 2 she was lame after exercise, stiff and in some pain. There was no surgery that could be done to relieve the condition so we had to continue battling. She was prescribed various different pain medications by the Vet, they never agreed with her stomach. They caused diarrhea, bloody stools, agitation. Nasty side effects and no benefits, she was still stiff and although some of the tablets took some pain away to allow her to exercise more, it was of no use. She would think she was superwoman and play for ages and then that night she would suffer as she had overdone it. This can be one of the bad sides of pain killers especially when they do not support the joints themselves.
Around 3 years of age we found Golden Paste produced by the wonderful ladies of Holistic Hound, this made a massive difference for the next 2 years. She was on various different supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin, we tried bovine colostrum. We were running out of options and by the age of 5 the right leg was up more than it was down.
She has been fed a raw diet since the age of 2-3 so her muscle mass was a lot better than a kibble fed dog but still the hip dysplasia was worsening. The vet felt she shouldn’t be as good as she was at that age but still we weren’t ready to give up and just accept that the leg was wasting away and there was nothing that could be done.
At 6 years of age she had surgery to remove the femoral head. This was torture for her and for me. The pain she was in afterwards was breaking my heart. That is when we started her on CBD and it made a big difference to her pain levels, we doubled the dosage for the first 2 months. The leg itself though was not ‘loosening’ up, the muscles were tight and not allowing the joint to fully heal.
That is when we started her on the Cold Pressed Flaxseed oil based bone and joint supplement and the difference within 1 week was unbelievable. That is the Flax-Ability above.
So 1 year on from surgery and we are in a better place than I ever thought possible, she is fully weight bearing, very little pain and she is loving life.
Ameera’s treatment includes: x1 Tablespoon of Golden paste in the morning and x15 drops of CBD, 20ml of Flax-Ability on her dinner, and then another x15 drops of CBD late evening.