St. John’s Wort is one of several herbal remedies for canine pain.
There are numerous causes of joint and muscle pain in dogs, and there are many homeopathic remedies available to treat them. Even though many of these remedies are effective without producing negative side effects, it is always a good idea to consult a veterinarian before giving your dog any type of medication. It is also important to closely observe his behavior after you administer a home remedy, as he may have unknown allergies or another condition that could be aggravated by the treatment.
There are several types of vitamin and mineral supplements that can mitigate some types of pain. Fish oil, vitamin E and glucosamine can all reduce your dog’s pain caused by arthritis and other degenerative conditions, according to Caber Feidh. Supplements boost your dog’s health and immune system. Some of these supplements are also commonly administered to humans who are suffering from chronic joint pain. Some supplements, including fish oil, combat inflammation, which is a primary cause of arthritis pain.
Regularly massaging a dog’s muscles is an effective treatment for general muscle pain and soreness. Dogs are usually unable to work out the knots and discomfort in their muscles, so even infrequent massages can be very helpful for pain management. While there are trained specialists that offer chiropractic and massage services specifically for pets, massage therapy can also be practiced easily at home. Gently press the tips of your fingers into your dog’s muscle and move them in small circles. Gradually shift the circle around the entire muscle group before moving on to the next.
Several basic herbs have medicinal properties that can treat or manage your dog’s pain. Turmeric, ginger and feverfew are among the most common examples of edible herbal remedies for your dog. Feverfew must be distilled into a liquid, as either a tincture or tea, and administered several times a week. Twelve drops of tincture or 1/2 teaspoon of tea for every 20 pounds of the dog’s weight is an adequate dose, according to Natural Dog Health Remedies. Dried ginger and turmeric can be added directly to your dog’s food without further preparation.
Herbal compresses and ointments are often used to treat all kinds of joint and muscle pain in dogs. Pain caused by sprains and physical injury can be managed by wrapping the affected area in cloth soaked in cold water and vinegar, according to The Whole Dog Journal. Creams made from the extract of yucca, cayenne and licorice are also effective treatments for muscle pain. Ointments and oils must be applied directly to the skin around the inflamed joint or muscle, so they are well-suited for dealing with localized pain rather than chronic body pain.