Pet parents will go as far as they can to care for their beloved four-legged friends, especially when it comes to preventing them from experiencing any kind of pain.
Knowing that your pup is not feeling too well is one of the worst feelings as a pet owner. Therefore, many dog owners find themselves wondering if they are doing everything they can to ensure that their pet’s happiness and wellbeing is being accounted for.
In this article, we will cover all there is to know about all-natural inflammatory agents that pet owners can implement into their pup’s life. In many cases, we later find out about our doggo’s distress once they’re already experiencing it (far too late in our opinion).
Here at PETLYCBD, we believe that prevention is our best medicine, so when it comes to your pups being in pain, we are here to provide countless ways to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep your pup from feeling bad.
1, 2, 3, let's go!
Inflammation is a localized swelling of a specific area or body part. It is most due to a recent injury or infection. The inflamed part of the body can oftentimes be red, irritated, and painful. Most likely, this is not new information to hear for pet owners. However, what some people may not realize is that the troubling issues begin when the inflammation isn’t managed and becomes chronic inflammation.
When experts examine various health conditions for the root of the issue, they often see that one major thing is a commonality - chronic inflammation. Everything from cancer to allergies has inflammatory properties as the root of source. It is scary to stop and think about. Especially considering that there are many forms of inflammation that aren’t apparent until it has fully developed and spread throughout your pup’s body.
The following health conditions are linked to chronic inflammation:
Luckily, there are ways pet parents can help lessen current inflammation for your pup. Let’s talk about what typically happens when pet parents realize their dog is in pain and why the conventional methods of approaching pain aren’t always the only option.
When your dog’s inflammation turns into a serious issue, it’s usually followed with your pup being in a large amount of pain. In many instances, veterinarians will prescribe a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in order to alleviate and lessen the source of your dog’s discomfort. Commonly prescribed NSAIDs from the vet are Metacam, Deramaxx, and Rimadyl.
However, these drugs come with potential adverse side effects and reactions that pet owners should be aware of. Take our word, once you see the possible side effects, you’ll want to think again before giving your precious furry baby these commonly prescribed NSAIDs.
With continuing advancements in the world of holistic health and medicine, dog owners do have options when it comes to treating their pooch’s inflammation and pain. Where most things begin with health - it all starts with an anti-inflammatory diet.
Your dog’s diet can truly be a forever game changer when it comes to inflammation prevention. Deciding on anti-inflammatory foods can also help prevent obesity, which can prevent inflammation too (score!). A diet that contains anti-inflammatory agents, can prevent deadly health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease (these often stem from chronic inflammation too).
Furthermore, by choosing an anti-inflammatory diet, pet parents can also slow and prevent the progression of arthritis and associated joint pain.
So which foods do we avoid? Many times, a homemade diet may involve foods that promote inflammation, unfortunately. These foods don’t need to necessarily be avoided, but it is crucial that dog owners create a balance of inflammatory foods with anti-inflammatory counter foods.
Pup owners should be aware that these foods are known to cause inflammation in doggos (and you too):
Again, for dogs who are healthy and aren’t experiencing inflammation, some of these foods don’t necessarily need to be avoided. However, make sure your pup eats a balanced diet with anti-inflammatory foods. For dogs who are experiencing inflammation, pet owners should do their best to reduce inflammatory foods from their dog’s diet (when making homemade dog food).
What you’ve been waiting for - our top anti-inflammatory choices for your favorite four-legged pal. Many pet owners don’t realize how any foods and herbs have powerful anti-inflammatory effects on their dogs. Many all-natural anti-inflammatory agents that people use in their daily lives can also benefit your pup!
Always consult with a holistic veterinarian first before beginning any new therapies or foods for your dog. Many supplements can be found in combination products. For instance, your vet can give you recommendations on brands (since these supplements aren’t FDA regulated). The following are some of our favorite anti-inflammatory agents for your pup!
Aides in detoxifying the kidney and liver
Decreases the rate of cancer
Boosts the immune system
Promotes gut health
Everything mentioned above, again, have a common theme - inflammation. In other news, spirulina’s anti-inflammatory properties work to promote wellness of the body, making it a top choice for an anti-inflammatory agent for your dog. We even recommend it for you and your pup!
Remember - supplements are not yet FDA approved, so always make sure to purchase your products from a reputable manufacturer. A reputable product should be tested and screened for heavy metals.
This anti-inflammatory herb has been nicknamed as the “knit bone” due to its effective source of allantoin. Allantoin is a cell-growth stimulator. Comfrey’s anti-inflammatory properties are well known to promote healing. Do note though, comfrey should only be used externally - taken orally can cause potential liver damage. If are you concerned that your pup make lick the ointment, please do not use this herb. However, as a topical ointment, comfrey has been proven to be highly effective in reducing pain, distress, and inflammation in dogs.
Arnica Montana, also known as Arnica, has been deemed one of the best natural anti-inflammatories by many holistic experts. As a topical, arnica plant extract can be safely used to ease your doggo’s inflammation and pain. Arnica should not be used on any open wounds - it stimulates dilation and circulation of blood vessels (this can cause further bleeding). Arnica Montana should be given separately from meals.
Ginger can help ease arthritis pain in dogs. But how? Well, ginger inhibits your dog’s immune system from making leukotrienes (these produce inflammation). Therefore, ginger proves to be a powerful and effective anti-inflammatory.
Ginger can cause the blood to thin - so don’t give it to your dog prior to surgery. As always, we recommend consulting with your vet first to make sure that ginger is the right natural anti-inflammatory agent for your dog’s needs.
Many pet owners have seen a substantial improvement in arthritic pain from the use of this African derived plant. This improved result of the devil’s claw root comes from the main ingredient - harpagoside. This ingredient has been shown to be incredibly effective in reducing pain and inflammation.
The active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin. Curcumin is an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anticancer - all of which can benefit your pup in numerous ways!
Additionally, turmeric root can help with the following:
CAUTION - the coloring of turmeric will stain almost everything it touches, so we recommend keeping it away from anything you wouldn’t want stained (like your couch or carpet).
Yucca contains steroidal saponins, which act as a precursor to naturally occurring corticosteroids in the body. By stimulating these corticosteroids, yucca has been proven to reduce inflammation and pain. Yucca has also been used to stimulate appetite and may decrease odors in urine and feces.
When it comes to your pup’s health and happiness - we know that you’ll do everything in your power to keep him/her feeling great! We understand how saddening it is knowing that your pup isn’t feeling top notch.
Again, we say that prevention is the best medicine. If we’re able to prevent inflammation from occurring in the first place, we can help ensure that we’re doing all we can to promote our dog’s best life and health possible.