PetMeds® Herbal Arthritis Treatment

Always tell your veterinarian if you are using any over the counter arthritis supplements or herbal supplements on your pet if he/she is also on pain pet meds With the increased interest in complimentary veterinary medicine and more holistic treatment options for pets, one of the most rapidly growing areas in veterinary medicine are the use of supplements in augmenting management of many common canine and feline chronic health problems.  One of the top growing areas is the use of such supplements in helping manage arthritis.

In addition to some of the wonderful newer and safer prescription nonsteroidal anti inflammatory drugs on the market such as Rimadyl, Deramaxx and Previcox to name a few, herbal supplement use has grown as well.  It is important, however, to always tell your veterinarian if you are using any over the counter arthritis supplements or herbal supplements on your animal, because there is the potential of drug interactions, as well as a thinning of the blood and/or more predisposition to bleeding if too many medications are used in combination.

For example, one of the more common natural remedies I will often suggest to my clients is the herb white willow bark, which is readily available from most health food stores.  Often called “natural aspirin,” due to a similar chemical makeup, it can help decrease inflammation and pain.  However, because of its chemical similarity to aspirin, white willow bark should never be used at the same time as aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti inflammatory treatment. Periodic monitoring should be done at the local veterinarian, even when using a natural derivative like white willow bark, because there is a small risk of digestive upset, bleeding and liver/kidney issues even with natural products.

Some of the other herbs I have found useful in arthritis management include the herb Yucca, readily available in useful supplement called Yucca Intensive.  Others include Turmeric, Boswelia, and the ayurvedic herb ashwagandha. I will sometimes use combination products like Dog Gone Pain and Inflamatone in conjunction with omega 3 fatty acids such as Be Well or Super Pure Omega 3, and other antioxidants such as Proanthozone. And of course there are glucosamine/chondroitin supplements such as Super Joint Enhancer or Glyco-Flex I – III, depending upon the severity of the symptoms.  As long as they are judiciously used, and under the guidance and supervision of your local veterinarian, herbal therapies can indeed play a significant role in helping pets with chronic arthritis and pain.

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  1. We have a 5 year old Neapolitan Mastiff. We got him at 2 and soon after he started hitching up his back left leg. We took him to the vet who said he had a problem in the ligament in that leg. He said it is common in Mastiffs and he knew of only one vet near us in Texas who operated on dogs that big.
    Our farrier had recommended Cetyl M for one of our horses who was having stiffness in joints…he had had remarkable success himself with the human form (CM Response) on himself. So I tried the Cetyl M for Dogs and have been maintaining him on it since. He stopped hitching up his leg after about two months and I haven’t seen him do it since. He goes for long walks in the woods with me and the other dogs and he is active. I also swim with him in the summer in the nearby lake.

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianDecember 11, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Hi Rebecca. Thanks for sharing. I have used Cetyl m in my practice. The product I have had success with is called myristin and Myristaid by company EHP products.

  3. We have a 6 year old rotti, very cheerful with nasty ankle, /hock arthritis. He is on chondroitin and glucosamine , has regular gentle ex. But we have stairs and he insists on being with us. The Germans shepherd is slowing up too, on same medication.
    Would omega 3 and fit make a difference and help him out somehow. Oh, he is on Rimadyl, would love to take him off that.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianJuly 1, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    I would try omega 3 like Nordic naturals pet omega 3 from 1800petmeds, as well as antioxidant proanthozone, as well as perhaps even yucca intensive. I have also had great results when adding supplement known as Dev Cor Mobility by Vetri Science, which you can google on line

  5. At what age should I start supplements on a pure bred Papillon weighing 7 lbs? What do you recommend?


  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianAugust 6, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Any age above 12 weeks is fine. I recommend good multi vitamin like vita chews from 1800petmeds, as well as fatty acid lie nordic naturals pet omega 3, as well as probiotic like fortiflora

  7. I have a 5 year old French masstive that just started acting like he could not get up on his back rt. leg. and when he finally does he doesn’t put much weight on it. then walks all wiggelly. is this signs of hip dysplasia?

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianFebruary 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    Many possibilities from torn ligament, to soft tissue injury etc best to have vet exam and evaluation.

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