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Arthritis Pain Relief For Dogs - Simple Home Remedies That Work


Did you know that arthritis affects one in five dogs over the age of seven? It is a painful condition that affects the joints and can occur in your pet's neck, hips, shoulders, elbows and back. However, there are many simple solutions that you can provide at home that will relieve the aches and pains in your dog's joints.

Change Your Dog's Diet

Easy enough and it worked for my dog. Be sure you are providing a high-quality dog food with no added preservatives, food colorings, wheat, corn or soy products. It would be preferable to get a dog food that is low fat AND has low carbohydrates, but unfortunately there is no such thing as a low-carb dog food. Just be aware that grains (which make up a large component of dry dog food) tend to increase inflammation and aggravate arthritis. A better alternative would be to switch to home-prepared meals with either cooked or raw meats and vegetables.

However, if you don't want to prepare meals for your pet, then cut back on the dry food and start adding a cup of fresh veggie "salad" every day. Celery is excellent for the joints. I often chop up lettuce, celery, cucumber, some carrot, and any other fresh vegetables I have on hand. Just make sure to cut all vegetables into very small pieces for easy digestion (a food processor is perfect for this) and don't use onions or mushrooms as they may be toxic to your dog.

Provide Supplements That Reduce Arthritic Swelling and Pain

Give your dog a glucosamine tablet. Glucosamine helps the body manufacture glycosaminoglycans, which is designed to maintain cartilage structure. The recommended dosage is ¼ mg of a 500mg tablet per 10 pounds of body weight once a day. Preferably use a glucosamine tablet that also contains Chondroitin Sulfate. This supplement helps to attract water into the cartilage for added nutrition and lubrication. It also seems to inhibit excessive cartilage destroying enzymes.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a naturally occurring organic dietary sulphur that has been shown in studies to relieve arthritic pain, slow joint deterioration and reduce inflammation with no negative side effects.

Dogs don't usually get enough Omega 3 fatty acids in their diets. Omega 3 helps to regulate pressure in the joints, among many other things. A good source for this is fish oil capsules. Additional vitamin E will also be needed since adding more oil to the body increases the need for this vitamin.

Reduce Excess Weight

Extra weight on a dog puts extra pressure on the joints and causes more pain and swelling. Begin by reducing the amount of treats given, cut back a bit on food, and provide a lower fat diet for your dog. Exercising is also important. If possible, take your dog out for several shorter 10 to 15 minute walks each day rather than going for one long walk. Another great strategy is to take your dog swimming. They'll get the exercise without stressing the joints. A bathtub works well for very small dogs. However, if your dog is a landlubber and hates water don't push the issue.

Keep Your Dog Warm and Cozy on Cold, Damp Days

Set up a soft bed or some layers of fleece in the area where your dog normally sleeps. If your dog usually stays outside, then provide an insulated dog house with soft bedding on the floor. Be sure the doorway is somewhat sheltered and facing away from the wind. Better yet, bring them inside when it's cold and/or wet.

Apply Moist Heat

Apply a hot water bottle with warm water or use a towel soaked in warm water that's been wrung out to your dog's aching joints. Moist heat penetrates deeply and provides welcomed relief. Do not use a heating pad as it may get too hot for the dog and burn them especially if your dog has limited mobility - they may not be able to get up and move away from a pad that is too hot.

Raise Your Dog's Food and Water Dish

If your pet has arthritis in their neck or shoulders, consider raising their food and water bowls so they don't have to bend their head down to eat.

Give Your Pet a Massage

Don't we all love to have sore muscles rubbed? Gently rub around the affected joint and massage the surrounding muscles. This gentle kneading and the heat from your hands should ease some of the pain.

Use a Ramp For The Stairs

If your dog has a hard time going up and down stairs, think about buying or making a ramp that can be laid over the stairs so your dog can more easily maneuver them. This is especially useful for when they need to go outside to "do their thing" or are required to jump into a truck for a trip to the vet.

Additional alternatives include herbal and homeopathic products, acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Safer and often just as effective, these are just some of the things that you can do at home for your dog to give them relief from arthritic pain.

Is your dog sick and getting sicker by the day? Are you searching for answers and alternative solutions to your dog's health care problems? Visit Caring for Canines, a web site that focuses on holistic approaches to dog health issues => http://www.caringforcanines.com

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Report: separation from pets can be 'ruff' when owner returns to work  Times Daily

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Pets of the Week | Pets  Index-Journal

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This week's 'Flying Horse' theme: Pets/animals  Bloomington Pantagraph

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MADACC: How to keep your pets safe in the heat this summer  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

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Pets show us how to be better humans  Grand Island Independent

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Pet Doc: How to keep your pets safe if you test positive for COVID-19  WJHL-TV News Channel 11

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TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER: Grief, the loss of pets discussed in 'Lost Companions'  Goshen News

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Nonprofit needs help to continue providing for pets in the Rogue Valley  KTVL

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of July 12, 2020  Summit Daily News

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Our Pets May Harbor Much More Than Coronavirus  The Scientist

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Protect your pets from the heat, hot surfaces  The Daily Journal

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Mystery illness has Arp pet owners worried  KLTV

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After 5 months of waiting, Northwood Pets holds Grand Opening  WJFW-TV

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87 Coastal Bend area pets received vaccinations, first weekend of low-cost clinic organized by Nueces Co. Animal Services a success  KIIITV.com

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7 tips to keep your pet safe during hot Birmingham summers  Bham Now

Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10 - masslive.com
Pet Project 2020: Pets available for adoption in Massachusetts on July 10  masslive.com

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Mr. Spot: Pet of the Week 071220  Tyler Morning Telegraph

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Meet One of Our Adorable, Adoptable Pets - Biscuit  Patch.com

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Class pets become long-term pandemic house guests while schools are out  Omaha World-Herald

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Protect yourself and your pets from harmful algae blooms this summer  redlakenationnews.com

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Pet hospitals say they’re seeing a big increase in parvovirus cases this year  WSB Atlanta

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Pet Vet: Hot Weather and Pets  WNDU

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Wasco Animal Shelter shares pet safety tips  KERO 23ABC News

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This July discount can help Houston’s senior pets find ‘fur’-ever homes, you a new friend  KPRC Click2Houston

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Pets In Need Delivers Medical Aid To Stockton Animals  Capital Public Radio News

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MADACC reminds pet owners of heat stroke symptoms, provides prevention tips  WITI FOX 6 Milwaukee

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Pet Tales: Helping domestic violence centers that shelter pets, too  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Eight people displaced after Jefferson City fire, two pets died  krcgtv.com

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Pets are stressed out, too  Jill Lopez

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Covid-19 kept them separated from their pets for months. So they've chartered a plane to bring them home  CNN

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LETTER: Chickens, dogs make equally good pets | Letters To Editor  yoursun.com

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AAA Texas reminding Texans to keep kids and pets out of hot cars  FOX 7 Austin

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Mobile veterinary services tend to Tenderloin's homeless pet population  SFGate

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Nationwide event helps pets in Mid-Michigan pets find their forever homes  WLNS

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Pets We Love 2020 - SRQ Daily Jul 13, 2020  SRQ Magazine

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Seeing Pets as Human  Psychology Today

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Pets of the Week July 13 - 17 - The Hartselle Enquirer  Hartselle Enquirer

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Adopt-a-pets: July 12 | News | carolinacoastonline.com  Carolinacoastonline

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CBS3 Pet Project: Bringing New Animals Into Your Home Can Be Tricky For Pets  CBS Philly

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Pepin's Pet Projects: Tips on easing pets into the "new" normal as you return to work  WCYB

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Pets and fireworks: how to keep your animals calm and safe on July 4  CNN

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Adorable & Adoptable–Pets of the Week: Teton, Smokey, & Calypso  SweetwaterNOW.com

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Pet food giveaway held in Newville  ABC27

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VETERINARY VIEWPOINTS: When your pet needs anesthesia | Lifestyles  Stillwater News Press

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A photographer's inventive dog portraits show just how human-like our pets can be - Insider  INSIDER

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CAPA Pet of the Week: Buttercup  Lompoc Record

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People share who or what they named their pets after in this feel-good Twitter thread  Hindustan Times

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What you need to know to keep pets safe in the heat  10TV

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These Are The Most Pet-Friendly Airlines In Europe  Simple Flying

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CDC gives recommendations on keeping pets safe from COVID-19  KYTV

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Pets and Pesticides: Keeping our Companions Safe  Beyond Pesticides

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23 Adorably Adoptable Cincinnati Pets That Are Looking For Homes This Summer  Cincinnati CityBeat

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Pet Owners Struggling To Reunite With Their Furry Family Members Amid The Pandemic  NPR

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GALLERY: All American Pet Photo Day  WEAR

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Be extra cautious of your pet during the summer heat  Victoria Advocate

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The most pet-friendly airlines in the world  Travel Daily News International

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How To Ease Separation Anxiety For Pets Being Left Alone For First Time In Months  Block Club Chicago

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As temperatures rise, so should your pet safety awareness  WSMV Nashville

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Preventing pandemic-related pet anxiety now and later  WTOP

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Area pet services see revenues return to pre-pandemic levels  INFORUM

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As weather grows hotter, pets could be at risk  Carolinacoastonline

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Animal Control Concerned About Pets During COVID-19 Pandemic  Santa Barbara Edhat

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Cat Food Recall: Natural Balance Pet Foods pulled for potential deadly side effects  positivelyosceola.com

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The Animal Foundation takes in more than 270 lost pets in first six days of July  News3LV

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Empty the Shelters: Pet adoption fees reduced this weekend  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Once sold for $56, Chinese vase found in a pet-filled house goes for $9M  CNN

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Pets: Rx for a happier life  The County

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The Pets Left Behind by Covid-19  The New York Times

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What you need to do before bringing home a new pet  The Washington Post

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SAFD: Homeowner, six pets rescued from house fire on Northeast Side  KSAT San Antonio

Firefighters rescue pets from house fire in Orange - WFSB
Firefighters rescue pets from house fire in Orange  WFSB

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Pet of the Week: Eva  Billings Gazette

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From 'Loki' to 'Courage the Cowardly Dog', netizens share what their pets are named after with pictures  Times Now

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This Guy Found Caterpillars In His Grocery Store Broccoli And Kept Them As Pets Until They Were Butterflies  Delish

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Helen Woodward Animal Center Adopt a Pet: Sunny -  KUSI

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East Bay pets of the week for July 10  East Bay Times

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These 17 pets would love to share space with you: June 27-28  SILive.com

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Pets of the week: July 12, 2020  Record Searchlight

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Warning letter sent to pet food firm after inspectors find Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria  Food Safety News

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It’s All-American Pet Photo Day: Show us your furry friend  KSAT San Antonio

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N.J. pets in need: July 6, 2020  nj.com

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Keep your pets safe this weekend with these fireworks safety tips  Clarksville Now

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This cat wants to be pet and is letting her hooman know so in the gentlest fashion possible. Watch  Hindustan Times

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Hot temperatures can create health risks for pets  News8000.com - WKBT

Adopt a Pet: Vader - Ellwood City Ledger
Adopt a Pet: Vader  Ellwood City Ledger

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San Diego Humane Society works to reunite pets with owners after holiday weekend  fox5sandiego.com

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Runaway pets wind up in SoCal shelters in the aftermath of Fourth of July fireworks  KABC-TV

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4 Things to Consider Before Adopting a Pet  PRNewswire

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'We need our pets now more than ever': Phoenix rescue animals find homes during COVID-19  AZCentral

Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pet Insurance - New York Magazine
Everything You Need to Know About Buying Pet Insurance  New York Magazine

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Keep your pets cool and safe this summer  KRNV My News 4

I'm a celebrity dog groomer who charges $300 an hour for pet haircuts - Business Insider - Business Insider
I'm a celebrity dog groomer who charges $300 an hour for pet haircuts - Business Insider  Business Insider

Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear - CNN
Keep your summer fun pet-safe and pet-friendly with top outdoor pet gear  CNN

Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold - Forbes
Change Is Coming To The Way Pet Products Are Sold  Forbes

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Maggie and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week  AZCentral

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Take your pets on a virtual march for a good cause this summer  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Dogs, cash stolen in burglary at Daphne pet store  AL.com

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Pet Supplies Plus opens new FM 1488 location north of The Woodlands  Community Impact Newspaper

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Pets are even more important during these times  Lowell Sun

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Taking care of pets on the Fourth of July  KATU

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