Home Remedies to Relieve Pain in Dogs
If you notice that your dog isn’t acting like his usual self, you’ll probably start to wonder whether he is sick. Dogs have a natural instinct to hide their pain, but if it gets bad enough you’ll eventually notice that something is wrong.
When your dog is in pain, take a moment to think before you go rushing to your medicine cabinet for a bottle of over-the-counter pain reliever. While some human pain medications are safe for dogs in low doses, many of them aren’t. To keep your dog safe while also managing his pain, consider a home remedy instead – keep reading to learn more.
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Top 8 Home Remedies for Pain
If your dog is suffering, you would probably go to great lengths to ease his pain. Fortunately, you don’t have to go far to find a quick and effective home remedy for pain relief. Here are eight great options you can try for yourself:
- Exercise – When your dog is in pain, it may seem cruel to make him exercise but low-impact exercises like swimming have been shown to help relieve pain, particularly arthritis pain. You can also take a short walk on a running track or soft field.
- Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) – More commonly known as frankincense, boswellia is a resin extracted from tree bark. This resin contains powerful phytochemicals that fight inflammation and reduce pain. Dosage for Boswellia ranges from 5mg to 10mg per pound of body weight and side effects are rare and mild.
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- Physical Therapy – While it may not provide immediate pain-relieving results, physical therapy can help your dog recover from an injury and it may reduce chronic pain. Massage therapy is another option that can help your dog feel more comfortable.
- Ginger (Zhinger officinalis) – Widely known for its digestive benefits, ginger has also been shown to reduce arthritis pain. You can grate or mince the raw root and mix it into your dog’s food at a dose of ½ teaspoon for dogs up to 35 pounds and ¾ teaspoon for larger dogs.
- Joint Supplements – If your dog’s pain is related to arthritis, he may benefit from a supplement that contains glucosamine and chondroitin. These supplements help slow down cartilage damage, making it less painful for your dog to move.
- Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) – The active ingredient in comfrey is called allantoin and it has been used to relieve everything from pain to digestive problems to cancer – it also contains anti-inflammatory compounds that help relieve pain. Give your dog ½ to 1 teaspoon of dried comfrey per pound of food.
- Yucca (Yucca schidigera) – This root has many medicinal properties including relieving pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. The best way to use it is to treat your dog’s food with ½ teaspoon of dried and powdered yucca root per pound of food.
- Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) – The root of the licorice plant is a popular herbal remedy for arthritis and can also be used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever in dogs. The best way to administer it is to create a low alcohol tincture and treat with 12 to 20 drops per 20 pounds of body weight twice daily.
If your dog’s pain is severe or if you’re worried that it might be caused by an underlying medical problem, you should talk to your veterinarian before starting any kind of treatment. Though the home remedies listed above are safe for dogs, they could interact with any prescription medication your vet administers so make sure to tell your vet everything your dog has taken for his own safety.
Kate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor's degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.
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