NUTRITION – STEP ONE: Get your pet off inflammatory foods (most kibble, canned foods). See nutrition page. Does it make sense to feed foods that cause inflammation and joint destruction and at the same time look for a medication or supplement to counteract it?
Certain foods may increase inflammation and aggravate arthritis. Sometimes eliminating grains from the diet improves a dogs’ symptoms, sometimes to the point that no other treatment is needed. In addition, plants from the nightshade family, including potatoes (not sweet potatoes), tomatoes, peppers (all kinds), and eggplant may aggravate arthritis. Certain foods may help with arthritis: celery, ginger, alfalfa, tropical fruits such as mango and papaya, and cartilage are all good to add to the diet of a dog with arthritis. Remember that vegetables must be either cooked or pureed in a food processor, juicer, or blender to increase digestabilty by dogs, and fruits are more easily digestible when overripe. Organic apple cider vinegar (with the “mother,” a stringy sediment comprised of enzymes) has provided some benefit when added to food or water. Be sure your dog is still willing to drink water with the vinegar added if you try it, or provide a separate, plain water source. Keep your dog as lean as healthy and possible so less stress is put on the joints.
SUMMARY OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE AND HAVEN’T HEARD ABOUT
- Prescription NSAIDS, Steroids, Pain Killers
- New Zealand Green Lipped Muscle, Glucosamine
- CMO (cetyl myristoleate)
- Hyalauronic acid
- Prolotherapy, a medical procedure
PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS YOUR VET MIGHT RECOMMEND:
1. Daily anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs have adverse and distressing side effects including irritation, anorexia, vomiting and ulcers as well as stressing organs responsible for long term health and wellness. Who wants to rid their poor pet of joint pain only to create problems elsewhere in the body?
INJECTIONS: Steroids for arthritis and bursitis are a favorite tool of MDs and VETs and they tell us it is perfectly safe. Yet, steriods decrease bone, ligament and tendon strength, are progressively less effective with each dose and repeated injections can damage joints and induce osteoporosis. MORE reading material: http://www.shirleys-wellness-cafe.com/steroids.htm
SOME VETS RECOMMEND THESE MORE NATURAL MIXES:
1. Cosequin DS: A nutraceutical that gets to the root of optimal joint function by providing the raw materials (nutrients) the body uses to replenish the major components of articular cartilage matrix.
2. Glyco Flex III: contains Perna canaliculus, Glucosamine HCl, Dimethylglycine, Methylsulfonylmethane, Manganese, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Selenium, Grape Seed Extract, and Glutathione.
WHAT IS IT? Glucosamine and Chondroitin are well-known for their roles in supporting healthy joints. Studies have shown that they can improve osteoarthritis and are among the most popular in joint support products.
BIG GUNS – NATURAL AND HIGHLY EFFECTIVE
PAIN – ANTI INFLAMMATORY – HEAL & REBUILD
- NEW ZEALAND GREEN LIPPED MUSCLE (Perna canaliculus) Green Lipped Mussels: Why Your Dog Needs Them! – Dogs Naturally Magazine
- TURMERIC NOW FAMOUS AS “GOLDEN PASTE”
- Quick Summary: Healing With Turmeric Golden Paste For Dogs. Doug English DVM’s site for humans and animals: Home Page – Turmeric Life Website
- CUCURMIN (extracted from Tumeric) Supplements: whole root best, pill convenient, can overdose
- BROMELAIN reduce inflammation
- CHINESE MEDICINE See your TCM Holistic vet for specific herbs for your condition
- Possible options: Zheng Gu Shui (moves Qi), II Pi for high pain levels
- ESSENTIAL OILS
- Copaiba: works like aspirin and enhances effect of other oils, Helichrysum: nerve regeneration, Lemon Grass: connective tissue
- *BOSWELLIA SERRATA (frankincense)/Myrrh mix. LINK:How frankincense cures arthritis | Mail Online . A study noted application to skin reported up to 70 per cent better mobility in their knee joints and a 50 to 60 per cent decrease in knee-joint swelling and frequency of swelling was significantly reduced
Vitamin C – WHOLE FOOD SOURCED
Dr. Belfield is one of the early vets who discovered taking Vitamin C “to tolerance” brought down pain levels and renewed energy and vigor. Does not grow back tissue but in many dogs, does have a very positive effect. C is an important immune system booster so may modulate inflammation and other health issues via this system.
Nearly all conventional Vitamin C supplements found in stores are chemically synthesized and derived from genetically modified compounds – most of which originates from China.Nobel Prize winner Dr. Albert Szent-Georgi: “ascorbic acid simply cannot confer vitamin activity.” Almost every supplement sold today only contain these fractional reproductions and not the whole food, natural form. Just another marketing trick.
Medical studies have shown synthetic Vitamin C is of no value but Linus Pauling earned a Nobel Prize for proving natural sourced vitamin C has incredible healing powers. Look on the label to see if the C is from a food or chemical source. Ascorbic Acid is a byproduct of GMO corn, more below.
Recommendations: Garden Of Life Raw Food C (capsules), Pure Radiance C Powder, Health Force Nutritionals Truly Natural Vitamin C
MORE ON ASCORBIC ACID
Steps 1 thru 9 (Starch Hydrolysis): Corn starch is broken down into simple sugar (D-Glucose) by the action of heat and enzymes. Step 10 (Hydrogenation): D-Glucose is converted into D-Sorbitol. Step 11 (Fermentation): D-Sorbitol is converted into L-Sorbose. Step 12 (Acetonation): Yes that’s right, they use acetone! L-Sorbose is combined with an acid at low temperatures. Step 13 (Oxidation): The product is then oxidized with a catalyst, acidified, washed and dried forming L-Gluconic Acid. Step 14 (Hydrolysis): L-Gluconic Acid is treated with hydrochloric acid forming crude ascorbic acid. Step 15 (Recrystallization): The crude ascorbic acid is filtered, purified and milled into a fine crystalline powder.
NeoPaws are used by sled dogs in Canada. They provide exceptional padding and joint preservation. Makes it easier for dogs who have trouble walking to move around. I recommend them for dogs at any age if you are doing high impact activities. For midlife and older, you can save those joints by using them more frequently. There is no better boot on the market. The others have no padding and have questionable to dangerous non-skid bottoms.
BEST DOG SHOES: NeoPaws:
PREDNISONE: other options? YES!
Over time, Prednisone can cause serious side effects that cause the immune system to become unable to regulate on its own. Prednisone’s side effects can be almost as debilitating as the initial cause for taking the drug. A healthy diet, adjusting to a new lifestyle, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy and other organic herbs can help.
- ADIZONE, Amber Technology -organic herbal steroid alternative
- TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine (and acupuncture to balance system) In Chinese Medicine, the majority of the symptoms present as a Spleen deficiency so tonifying the Spleen meridian will increase immune system function. Treatment of the underlying disease according to its differentiation is paramount. Studies have been presented indicating that a decoction of Ling Zhi (Ganoderma) 20g, Ku Shen (Radix Sophorae Flavescentis) 9g, and Gan Cao (Radix Glycyrizzae) 3g shows the same effects of Prednisone, but without the side effects. Adding Dang Gui (Radix Angelicae Sinensis) for pain has also shown promise.
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES from nature (many clinical trials): Curcumin (BCM-95 best absorption), Omega 3’s (EPA, DHA and reduce Omega 6’s), Asthanxanthin, Serrapeptase, Bromelain & Pancreatin (enzymes)
- ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DIET/Foods: There are several features of foods that may make them have an anti-inflammatory effect: their antioxidant levels, the level of Omega 3 fatty acids they contain, fiber that supports gut bacterial populations can also exert an anti-inflammatory effect. High protein, low carb.
- Coconut Oil, Ginger, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, sardines, salmon, enzymatic fruit like pineapple, mango, papaya and berries for anti-oxidants. Mangosteen (Garcinia mangostana) shown to be a COX2 inhibitor. Remember vegetables must be cooked or pureed in a food processor, juicer, or blender to create digestibility and overripe fruits are more easily digestible.
- Foods that increase inflammation: most commercial pet food, grains, GMO’s, sugar, plants from the nightshade family, including potatoes (not sweet potatoes), tomatoes, peppers (all kinds), eggplant.