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5 Natural Arthritis Foods & Supplements for Dogs

As our canine friends get older, they often experience the same joint aches and pains that we do as we age. Arthritis and joint inflammation make it harder for dogs to stand up, navigate stairs, go for walks and play.

As the pain increases, older dogs may even start to have accidents in the house, lose their appetites or even be unable to walk without assistance.

Your veterinarian can offer several effective prescription medications that can help with inflammation and pain. Rimadyl, Deramaxx, and Tramadol usually have great results, but they don’t come without a price to both the wallet and the body.

Most of the medications are expensive and can be a financial burden when used long-term. They also take a toll on a dog’s body, often causing damage to the liver and causing secondary problems.

Luckily, your dog is not limited to just prescription medications to help with his arthritis. Several natural supplements can make a huge difference in pain and inflammation levels and help improve the quality of life for your canine companion.

1. Turmeric


Turmeric comes from India and is the yellow spice commonly used in curry. But, turmeric is more than just a tasty flavoring. This colorful root contains a compound called curcumin, which is considered by many as a wonder supplement.

Curcumin helps with a variety of health issues, including arthritis. It has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which helps with joint diseases. Turmeric also has strong antiviral, antioxidant and antibacterial properties.

If you choose to give your dog only one natural supplement, try turmeric. Your dog will get the most all-around benefit from this single supplement.

2. Boswellia Serrata

Boswellia serrata

Boswellia serrata, also know as frankincense, is an Ayurvedic medicine made from the resin of a tree. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine in India and is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. In the past few decades, Western medicine has taken a keen interest in

In the past few decades, Western medicine has taken a keen interest in Boswellia and multiple studies have been conducted, confirming its efficacy to help with inflammatory conditions, including arthritis.

Many natural dog supplements now contain therapeutic doses of boswellia, so you don’t have to calculate dosages yourself.

3. Superoxide Dismutase

Superoxide dismutase, known commonly as SOD, is a powerful antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, including in the joints.

SOD is present in cells, but as we and our canine friend’s age, the levels of SOD become too low to fight the increasing number of free radicals in the body. As free radical levels increase, bodies respond by becoming inflamed.

SOD helps reduce inflammation throughout the body, including the joints. While SOD does not have any pain-reducing components, the powerful anti-inflammatory properties can provide significant relief for dogs suffering from arthritis.

4. Ginger


Ginger is known to be helpful with nausea, digestive upset and motion sickness. But, this slightly spicy root also has great anti-inflammatory properties.

Like its cousin turmeric, ginger has compounds called gingerols that have proven in several studies to be effective at reducing inflammation in the body, including in joints. Ginger also works as a powerful antioxidant, reducing the free radicals in the body that cause inflammation.

5. Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana

Medical marijuana has been a hot topic lately. While still controversial, there is no doubt from many in the scientific community that properties in marijuana and hemp can help with a wide variety of diseases.

One of the active ingredients in both plants is cannabidiol oil, commonly known as CBD oil. CDB oil can help relieve both inflammation and pain.

Don’t worry, CDB oil doesn’t contain THC, the compound that causes the user to become high. So, CDB oil may help your dog feel much better, but won’t get him stoned.


There is no denying that prescription medications can make a huge difference for dogs suffering from arthritis and other joint diseases that cause pain and inflammation. Unfortunately, many of those medications also cause secondary problems.

Natural supplements can help your dog feel better without the bad side effects. While not every dog will respond to natural supplements, the studies behind these five natural solutions suggest they are definitely worth a try.

5 Natural Arthritis Foods & Supplements for Dogs was last modified: November 28th, 2018 by John Whitewood
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