The homeopathic care for your dog's joint pain includes the use of natural supplements, exercise, pain relief therapy and environmental control. This natural, multifaceted approach will help to make your dog more comfortable, restore joint health and reduce her joint pain symptoms.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin Supplements
Glucosamine and chondroitin, the most common homeopathic supplements prescribed for joint pain, are naturally found in healthy cartilage and joint fluid. Joint pain is caused by wear and tear on cartilage and joint tissue, which causes the bones to rub against each other. Adding glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to your dog's diet will work to strengthen her joints, may even repair cartilage damage.
Massage and Ice or Heat Therapy
Ice or heat therapy, applying a heat or ice pack to your dog's affected areas, can help to relieve her joint pain. Either of these treatments will work - your dog will let you know which one she prefers. Light massage to your dogs tender areas, performed in a gentle, circular motion can also help to relieve her painful joints. Ask your vet about recommended forms of massage and therapy that might be specific to your dog's needs. If you sense that your dog is in pain, stop immediately.
It can be difficult to exercise your dog when she is in pain. However, keeping off excess weight and building muscles to support her joints is necessary. Swimming is the best, since it doesn't put pressure on her joints, and encourages a large range of motion. Short outdoor walks on soft surfaces, and indoor treadmill walking are also good exercises. Be sure and include a rest period before and after each exercise session.
Your dog's joint pain can be further aggravated by an environment that includes uncomfortable sleeping areas, cold drafts, hard floors and challenging maneuvers. Orthopedic foam beds, available at most pet supply stores, can help to reduce pressure on joints and allow your dog to sleep comfortably. The use of dog sweaters and placing her bed away from cold air will help to warm and soothe her aching joints. And finally, throw rugs, padded carpeting, and elevated ramps through doorways and into cars will help her handle mobility challenges.
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