Recent studies confirm what I’ve been recommending for many years: Omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial to arthritic dogs.
Results of the three studies showed that dogs who ate diets supplemented with omega-3’s had less pain and increased mobility.
When you're choosing a fish oil supplement for your dog, get one that's specifically formulated for pets. (I like and use Ultra EFA by Rx Vitamins.) The usual recommended dosage is 10 mg per pound of body weight, twice daily, but check to see what your vet recommends.
Other supplements that can help arthritic dogs: glucosamine, chondroitin, hyaluronic acid, and MSM, all of which can be found at the pet store or through your vet.
Often when dogs and cats receive these supplements and/or other natural therapies, such as chiropractic treatment, laser therapy, acupuncture, herbs, or homeopathy, their dosage of conventional nonsteroidal medications can be reduced or eliminated. This reduces side effects as well as the cost of treatment.
What natural therapies have you used successfully to treat your pet with arthritis?
Holistic veterinarian Shawn Messonier, D.V.M., is the founder of Paws & Claws Animal Hospital in Plano, Texas. Please visit his website at PetCareNaturally.com.