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Holistic Treatments For Arthritic Dogs

August 24 2021

Do you know or suspect that your canine buddy is developing arthritis? This common affliction cannot be cured, but it can be treated. Modern veterinary medicine can help a lot, but it has a wonderful counterpart in holistic medicine. As it turns out, holistic treatments can be very beneficial for arthritic pups. A Sherman Oaks, CA vet lists some options below.

Nutritional Healing

The concept of food being connected to health and healing goes all the way back to Hippocrates, who uttered the now-famous phrase ‘Let food be thy medicine.’ Nutritional healing is very gentle, helping your beloved pet get and stay healthy from the inside out. This is one area where holistic and traditional care often overlap. For instance, both methods may recommend fish oil or glucosamine supplements for an arthritic dog. 

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Safe and effective, CHM can help treat many conditions. It’s a great option for pets that cannot take certain medications, as well as those with allergies and/or sensitive stomachs. Just keep in mind that, like all holistic treatments, it tends to have a cumulative effect, rather than a sudden, drastic one. You’ll need to consult your veterinarian first, especially if Fido is on other medications. Ask for specific advice, including dosages and medication schedules.


Acupuncture is fairly new to the world of pet medicine, but it’s been around for thousands of years. You may be familiar with the basic concept, which is centered around the use of very thin needles. These are inserted into the body at specific points. In traditional Chinese medicine, this is believed to help direct and control the flow of energy, or Chi, through the body. Modern medicine holds a somewhat more pragmatic view, noting that the traditional acupuncture points are nerve centers. Stimulating these nerve clusters triggers many reactions, such as a release of natural painkilling hormones and improved circulation. The ultimate result? A happier pup!

Home Care

Some of the things you can do at home fall soundly under the holistic care umbrella. Make sure Fido has a comfy doggy bed, and is getting clean water, fresh air, and suitable exercise. Limiting your pet’s exposure to harmful chemicals is also beneficial. Massage can help as well. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Do you want to learn more about holistic veterinary care? Contact us, your Sherman Oaks, CA animal clinic, today! 

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