Many of us are increasingly turning to natural approaches for pet health. In our practice we see many animals as a result of pain from arthritis or cancer and as such clients are often searching for natural pain relief for their dogs.
Pain may come from a variety of places, but can be relieved by increasing circulation and reducing inflammation rather than prescribing chemical compounds.
Relief may be topical, oral, or a combination of both. Some remedies are over the counter and others must be prescribed by a veterinarian. You will see below that turmeric, cannabis, and frankincense appear in a few places.
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Essential Oils for Pain Relief
Essential oils are distilled from medicinal plants and available condensed. Because of their strength a little goes a long way and they should always be diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, or hemp oil when being used with animals. Use topically on the site of pain and inflammation.
Chosen for their analgesic and anti inflammatory properties:
* Essential oils should not be used orally unless directed by your veterinarian.
Chinese Herbs for Pain Relief
Increasingly Chinese herbs are popular in homeopathic remedies and available from integrative veterinarians. According to Pet MD the most popular Chinese herbs for pain relief are:
- Boswellia serrata
Other useful herbs for pain relief:
- St. John’s Wort
*Golden paste is wonderful for pain relief and to reduce inflammation, but it does go bad quickly and can stain the skin.
This is one of my favorite anti inflammatories and is amazing for supporting joint health and wellness. Found in one place, the harbors of New Zealand, green-lipped mussels are a super food is harvested and flash cooked to powder within 30 minutes for maximum efficacy. It is also very easy to feed as a powdered supplement in your dog’s food. Both my large-breed dogs take this supplement daily to keep their joints in top shape. You can read more about green-lipped mussels for dogs here.
Cannabidiol hemp oil (CBD oil) also known as Phytocannabinoid-rich oil (PCR oil) is derived from medical grade hemp with trace amounts of THC. PCR oil has scientifically-proven anti inflammatory and pain relief properties which make this ideal for animals in chronic pain. It does not need to build on itself to work and can be used every day or every once in awhile. This is not marijuana and you must make sure you source it from a quality company such as Treatibles, based in California. Available in gel cap, dropper, or treat form there is something for every day.
Want to know how I used Treatibles to help my dog’s anxiety? Read on.
As you see there are a number of ways to reduce inflammation and pain naturally in your dog. I hope this helps your pet to feel better.
Do you have a suggestion for a natural pain relief product? Comment below.
*Disclaimer: alway seek your veterinarian’s advice before introducing any new to your dog in case it conflicts with medications or diagnosis. While I have used some of these on my own dogs and clients, each animal is different and some of these items must be prescribed by a vet.