5 Natural Supplements to Ease Your Dog’s Painful Joints

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Arthritis is a common dog disease, and it is not always a result of dog's old age. Dogs under one year also suffer from joint diseases, and most are a result of developmental and degenerative problems. Developmental diseases include hip or elbow dysplasia, osteochondritis dissecans, and hypertrophic osteodystrophy.

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Degenerative problems present themselves as osteoarthritis, and it gets worse with age if left untreated. Both types of joint diseases are characterized by long-term inflammation, which can cause joint problems in dogs. When inflammation is untreated and lingers in the body for weeks, months, or years; the antibodies formed attack the lining of the joints and destroy them. To effectively deal with your dog’s joint problems, below are three top supplements to consider.

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1. Elk antler velvet

Elk antler velvet, also known as EVA, is a nutritional supplement extracted from deer. It is the epidermis that covers the inner surface of the growing cartilage or bone. EVA has been in use for centuries as a supplement to promote general health, and it can help to decrease hip and back pain, aid recovery from a ligament injury, and rebuild regenerative and sore joints. It can also combat osteoarthritis and promote stronger teeth and bones.

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The recommended dosage is 15-20 mg per kilogram of the weight of your dog, administered once or twice a day. EVA can lessen arthritis conditions and reduce inflammation.

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2. CBD or hemp oil

CBD or cannabidiol oil is a product of marijuana or cannabis. Cannabis is made up of more than 100 compounds, one of them being CBD. CBD is safe. The compound which is responsible for making people feel high, known as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), only makes up about 0.3% of the CBD content, which cannot harm your dog. CBD has been known to ease pain and inflammation.

There are various ways you can administer CBD to your dog, including through oil or tincture, CBD-infused dog treats, and rubbing CBD balm on the skin of your dog. The dosages you should administer will depend on the size and weight of your dog. The thumb rule is usually one drop for every 10 pounds of the weight of your dog, which you can increase gradually if your dog shows no adverse effects with increased dosage. You can also consult with your vet about the proper dosage.

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3. Bone broth

Bone broth is a supplement that is made by simmering animal bones and connective tissue. You can also make bone broth soup at home using beef, pork, fish, lamb, or chicken bones. The resulting product can help ease arthritis in dogs. The supplement contains glucosamine nutrient, which is frequently used to reduce joint pain. It also contains collagen, which provides nourishment to the skeletal system and helps to rebuild bones that are lost due to aging and wear and tear. Bone broth will ease the pain associated with arthritis and prevent it from progressing quickly.

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