Natural anti-inflammatories for dogs
Dogs can sometimes be victims of acute pain of various origins that attract the concern of their owners. Giving an anti-inflammatory to your dog every time he is in pain should not become a habit because it is a drug that, like all pharmaceutical molecules, can carry risks. However, there are natural alternatives to anti-inflammatory drugs for dogs that can help Medor fight pain.
Treating your dog naturally with gentle methods is an alternative that many owners choose. BlogCanin tells you more about natural dog anti-inflammatories in this article.
1- The use of anti-inflammatories in dogs
First of all, we need to define the use of anti-inflammatories in dogs: what are they used for? What are they?
1-1 Anti-inflammatories for dogs: why and in what cases ?
Anti-inflammatories for dogs are drugs prescribed by a veterinarian for a specific purpose. Their use must not go beyond the medical framework and it is imperative to respect the dosage.
This type of treatment is used to fight an inflammation or a pain that is external or internal to the dog’s body. Thus, a veterinarian can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to a dog in many cases: after an injury, an infection, an operation, muscle pain, osteoarthritis, but also an autoimmune disease or cancer.
1-2 The different anti-inflammatory drugs for dogs
Among the existing anti-inflammatory drugs for dogs, there are – as in the case of human medicine – two classes of drugs:
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, which are prescribed for inflammation and pain that is not severe or to relieve pain following surgery;
Steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs based on cortisone, which are reserved for more severe conditions such as severe pain, autoimmune diseases, cancer, etc.
1-3 The dangers of self-medication
The use of this type of medication in human medicine is frequent to relieve various ailments, and often without prior medical consultation. Self-medication is a practice that is also often encountered among dog owners who, worried about their pet’s ailments, do not hesitate to give them medication.
It goes without saying that self-medication in dogs is strongly discouraged because only a veterinarian is able to diagnose a suffering and provide an appropriate treatment. Veterinary anti-inflammatory drugs, although suitable for dogs, have side effects that can occur with overdose or prolonged treatment.
Misuse of an anti-inflammatory drug for dogs can lead to digestive ulcers, bleeding, heart failure or kidney failure.
1-4 Ibuprofen, doliprane and aspirin for my dog: what are the dangers?
Thinking they are doing the right thing, it is not uncommon for owners to give their dog an anti-inflammatory drug intended for humans when the dog appears unwell.
Aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are anti-inflammatory drugs that should never be given to a dog. These molecules are extremely toxic for dogs and can cause serious health consequences.
The dog’s liver cannot metabolize these molecules because of a lack of enzymes that make their elimination impossible. Thus, the molecules contained in the drugs accumulate in his liver and cause, in the long run, the destruction of his cells and a bad oxygenation which can be fatal.
In case of overdose, the intoxication of a dog with anti-inflammatory drugs can occur very quickly and cause serious damage to his health.
2- In what cases can you give your dog natural anti-inflammatories?
As an alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs for dogs, there are safe natural remedies with similar effects to relieve the animal of an inflammation.
A natural anti-inflammatory can be given to your dog when the inflammation manifests itself in the following symptoms:
** Pain: easily identifiable when the dog whines or squeals when the specific area is touched, when it limps or when there is a change in behavior
** An increase in body temperature: when an area is inflamed, it immediately becomes hotter than the rest of the body, and this heat is easily felt by touch.
** Redness: Inflammation frequently causes redness in the affected area, which is easily seen by pulling the dog’s hair apart.
** Swelling: the inflamed tissue tends to swell and this swelling can be felt when the area is palpated.
It is important to note that natural anti-inflammatories for dogs should only be given for the purpose of relieving inflammation prior to a visit to the veterinarian. In no case should this alternative replace professional advice.
If your dog’s pain appears to be benign (for example, a fall while playing), a visit to the veterinarian is necessary if the dog’s condition does not improve after a few days.
In some cases, natural anti-inflammatories can be administered in addition to conventional treatment. In some cases, certain remedies have a very good effect on sick dogs and the veterinarian may recommend their use. If you think that any of the following alternatives may be beneficial to your sick pet, ask your veterinarian first.
2- List of natural anti-inflammatories for dogs available without prescription
To treat your dog naturally, there is a vast choice of alternatives to anti-inflammatory drugs that can be given either as a local treatment or for internal use and that are available without a prescription.
2-1 Essential oils
To be used in moderation, essential oils have many active principles that act locally on an inflamed area. We recommend wintergreen, rose geranium and lemon eucalyptus, which are excellent anti-inflammatories. In case of skin inflammation, Roman chamomile is the most effective. To use it, dilute one drop in a vegetable oil and massage the affected area.
This plant is one of the best natural anti-inflammatories for your dog! There are creams for dogs based on arnica or pure vegetable oil to apply locally. For internal use, it is possible to give your dog homeopathic granules of Arnica Montana 5CH at a rate of 3 granules twice a day.
2-3 Aloe vera gel
If your dog has burned or irritated an area, aloe vera gel can help calm the skin inflammation. This plant has great properties to fight light inflammations. Simply apply it to the area up to 5 times a day, massaging it in.
2-4 Canine Releaf Gold by Hilton Herbs
Canine Releaf Gold is a natural drinkable solution of several active herbal ingredients for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis and occasional joint pain. It also acts as a preventive measure by giving a dose to active dogs before a major effort.
Turmeric is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory that will do your dog good. By adding a teaspoon to his bowl, the spice will act to calm internal as well as external inflammations. This spice is particularly recommended for dogs prone to arthritis, osteoarthritis, hepatitis and in case of intestinal inflammation.
This plant has the reputation of being a natural aspirin and has been used since the dawn of time to relieve many ailments. Its anti-inflammatory action is particularly beneficial for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis, various joint pains, tendonitis or fever. It is also useful to relieve puppies suffering from dental pain.