You want to help your dog feel better and not be in so much pain, but you aren’t wild about giving them prescription medication for the rest of their life. Or maybe you’re looking for something extra to supplement a medication recommended by the vet. Either way, you’ll be happy to know that there are many different supplements that have been shown to improve pain and joint function in dogs with arthritis. According to PetMD:
“By their nature, nutritional supplements (also called nutraceuticals) are substances that are consumed orally as an addition to a normal diet. These substances are much safer than traditional ‘drugs’ in that they can be considered a form of food. Side effects are almost unheard of as long as they are used in reasonable amounts. Stomach upset is possible, particularly at higher doses, but generally resolves as a dog’s digestive system adjusts.”
With that in mind, here are 10 of the most highly-recommended herbal supplements to heal and nurture your dog’s joints.
#1 – Cayenne
The active ingredient in Cayenne, capsaicin, increases circulation when applied topically. It also acts as a nerve block, which helps to reduce the amount of pain your dog experiences. Adding cayenne to blends of other herbs acts as a catalyst, which means that it increases the effectiveness of the other herbs. It can also be added to food or given as a capsule.
It’s important to note that some dogs are sensitive to plants in the nightshade family. If you know your dog is sensitive to these plants, you should avoid giving them cayenne. If cayenne seems to make your dog’s arthritis worse instead of better, you should avoid giving them any plant from the nightshade family. These include tomato, potato, eggplant, peppers, and ashwagandha.