Nearly every dog will experience pain from an injury in some form or another over the course of his life. These injuries can vary and are dependent on whether this pain is caused by hurt or something more chronic like arthritis as he ages.
If you have ever visited your vet’s office to treat any of these conditions you’re probably used to the vet recommending non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to help ease your dog’s pain.
Many of these prescription drugs can cause complications in your animals. Despite that, vets may not forewarn you on the dangers these drugs can impose.
Common problems associated with animals and taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs include:
- Digestion issues, including gastritis and peptic ulcers
- Kidney toxicity and liver damage
- Chronically dry eyes and even blindness
- Damage to their joints (joints are susceptible to a number of diseases, including arthritis)
Deciding whether to give your pet medication always leads the owner to ask whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
Fortunately, if you do your research you will find that there isn’t a need for these potent drugs in most cases. There are many herbs that provide anti-inflammatory relief that can be just as effective in healing your dog. This a desirable avenue when your pet is unable to take conventional pain relief medications – such as if they have a heart or liver disease. Natural pain medication may, in fact, be able to reduce or eliminate the need for conventional pain relief.
Now that herbal pet care is becoming more mainstream, there are several effective treatment remedies available for your pets.
Tumeric is known to be an effective anti-inflammatory treatment. It works in a way that is similar to cortisone. Properties in turmeric are known to act as an anti-cancer, anti-oxidant and also provides cholesterol reduction. This can be fed safely to dogs as a supplement to ease their pain.
Ginger, on the other hand, acts as an anti-spasmodic agent which can help ease stomach and muscle pain.
If your cat suffers from arthritis pain, Feverfew is known to act as an anti-inflammatory alternative for arthritis. Devil’s Claw is another treatment used to combat this type of pain.
Cayenne encompasses a dominant pain blocking chemical called capsaicin. Additionally, it can be used as a cream, since the anti-inflammatory properties happen at the location where it is administered.
These are just a few examples of herbal treatments that can help your pet. Ultimately, it’s best to consult a veterinarian that is experienced in herbal medicines for animals. This is especially important if the herbal treatment has any chance of interacting with other prescribed drugs.