The Wonder “Drugs” I use the most for myself and my dogs:
Turmeric, Fish Oil, and Ginger
I use a combination of the three to treat Ace’s joint problems. He’s a picky eater when it comes to meds so it’s great to have something I can easily sprinkle over his food. They have great anti-inflammatory properties as well as a number of other health benefits. They’re a great inexpensive supplemental therapy. The best part is that they have little to no side effects!
Turmeric works by blocking enzymes in the body that cause pain and swelling. Accompanied by fish oil (which improves cardiovascular health and helps flush pain-causing toxins from the body), it can be as powerful as prescription pain killers. With fish oil, be sure to look for a higher concentration of Omega 3’s as opposed to Omega 6’s.
A few tips:
– Use Turmeric to help with diarrhea
– Use Ginger’s anti-nausea power to treat motion sickness
What natural supplements do you use for your dogs and why? Post in the comments to share your stories.
This business was founded to help dogs like Ace (seen here taking a cool dip in the river). About the time Ace turned a year old he was diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease in his knee, or stifle, and probably has some Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD) as well. He can’t handle aggressive surgeries, even if I could afford it, because he has problems with not just one, but both knees.
I had noticed him having trouble sitting and favoring his back end for a while. Then one day he got so bad that he fell trying to get up the three steps leading to our back door. I rushed him to the vet the same day.
We’ve been treating him with supplements and carefully regulating his diet and exercise. As a former Clinical Manual/Medical Massage Therapist I also knew how beneficial massage would be for his chronic pain. I began to research and started a certification program for Canine Massage Therapy. Ace responds wonderfully to massage! He is treated regularly as a part of my certification practice and to help his legs. He now “asks” for his treatment if I haven’t worked on him in a day or two and he’s quite insistent!
Ace is now somewhat of a mascot for Well-Pup. He’s living proof of the effectiveness of massage and alternative therapies!