Joint pain and inflammation is one of those things that tens of thousands and even millions of people deal with on a daily basis. For those who suffer from arthritis or even just aches and pains, we all know that it can be hard to even get out of bed in the morning. When we deal with this kind of pain, we at least know that we can go to the medicine cabinet, grab a bottle of aspirin and wait for it to kick in. When it comes to our furry friends, it’s not as easy.
Fido is not able to pop open a bottle of medicine. He really isn’t even able to tell you that he is hurting in a specific way. He has to wait for you to notice that he isn’t able to jump up on the couch to cuddle the way he used to. He might even develop a noticeable limp that takes a little while for you to realize is a sustained problem, rather than just a bumped paw. For those who don’t want to take aspirin, there are some things you can do and some natural remedies you can take in order to ease the discomfort. While there are some things that you cannot give to your furry friend, there is a pet remedy or two that will reduce, or even get rid of the pain altogether if you stick to it.
CBD oil as an anti-inflammatory for both man and dog
The use of cannabidiol oil for pain relief has become a growing trend in recent years. This is true for not only humans, but also for dogs. While people are often hesitant to give their pets aspirin and similar painkillers, many are willing to opt for a more natural anti-inflammatory for dogs like CBD oil. Similarly, capsules with CBD oil are sold to serve the same purpose for people suffering from arthritis.
Garlic for humans but not for your dog
Garlic is more than something that makes food taste better. It turns out that this little spice can act as a kind of natural pain reliever because it has properties that helps it work as an NSAID by blocking the pain pathways. This doesn’t mean you should be eating a metric ton if you are in real pain, but a garlic pill a day can help relieve the swelling and pain.
On the flip side, giving your dog garlic can be akin to giving your dog arsenic. This particular product is incredibly toxic to dogs. If they ingest a little bit, you’re lucky if they just throw up. If they ingest quite a bit, they will almost surely die. This household item should be something you steer away from at all costs.
Fish for both can come to their aid
One pet remedy that you can also take part in when it comes to reducing arthritis and other joint pain is eating a good amount of fish in a week. There are very specific fish you should aim at when you are looking to reduce symptoms. Mackerel, tuna, sardines, and salmon are all chock full of omega fatty acids. This food should be consumed a couple of times a week and you might be able to notice the swelling and pain is gone.
As long as you aren’t giving your dog massive, massive quantities of certain fish, salmon and mackerel are going to be entirely healthy for Fido to eat. Moreover, your dog is likely going to be very excited to find this tasty treat in their bowl. The one issue here is that your dog might develop quite the fishy breath. This doesn’t mean that anything is necessarily wrong. The food is just one of those that seems to linger on the breath of our furry friends. If you’re someone who has their pets get in their faces though, you might go on the hunt for another cure for inflammation.
Nuts and specific fruits
Some people assume that in order to reduce symptoms that can feel like arthritis, they need to eat special foods, or take special supplements, nuts and fruits you find in your home can work. Almonds and walnuts are two foods that will help in this regard. Fruits such as cherries, apples, blueberries, and pineapple are all very good in reducing inflammation as well.
The really good news is that all these nuts and fruits, at least as long as you only give your dog these foods in controlled amounts, are safe for furry buddies as well. Give them these on a daily basis, in small doses and you might notice they are moving around better and behaving as though they are healthier.