Arthritis – Treatment Options
If you suspect arthritis in your pet, you may need to take it to a veterinarian to get a definite answer to that question. Once you have a diagnosis, you will need to decide what course of treatment you want for your pet. Find out what your veterinarian will recommend. If the vet does not recommend a more natural treatment path, you may want to find a holistic veterinarian in your area. The Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy can be a very useful resource to assist you in finding a holistic veterinarian.
Your dog or cat's diet plays a MAJOR role in the overall health of your pet. Commercial dog foods are not as healthy for our pets as we are lead to believe. Using a natural diet, including protein, grains, and vegetables can have a huge positive impact on your pet. Some raw vegetables that are especially helpful for arthritis are carrots, beets, and celery. These vegetables are great sources of antioxidants. The antioxidants help eliminate free radicals and the free radicals cause great damage on a molecular level in the body. If molecules and cells are destroyed at the most basic level, you will have a sicker pet.
Vitamins A, C, D, and E are needed. They all act as an antioxidant. Free radicals are caused by the inflammatory process that occurs with the arthritis. Find a supplement that has each of these vitamins in it. Supplements containing glucosamine and spurilina can make a very big difference in your pet. Many people see positive results with their pet within one to three weeks, when using the spurilina and glucosamine.
Some herbs known to be helpful for arthritis include alfalfa and garlic. Homeopathic remedies that can help in the treatment of arthritis are Rhus Toxicodendron 6C and Silicea 30C. For dogs with hypertropic osteodystrophy or pain in the bones and legs, Belladona 30C and Eupatorium Perfoliatum 30C have proven to be very helpful.
Source by Hollye Clardy