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How to Alleviate Your Dog's Arthritic Pain with Good Food

Fortunately we live in the 21st, OK 2020 has been rather strange, but by and large we are fortunate because we have a lot complementary and alternative treatments available for our dogs osteoarthritis, or OA. None will cure or heal the arthritic joint, but a combination of treatments can restore energy, and quality of life, while decreasing discomfort. All of which will make walking in the park lots of fun again.

Unsaponifiables (ASU)

Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine chondroitin, avocado and soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU). ASUs are considered a vegetable extract that combines one-third avocado oil with two-thirds soybean oil. It works by blocking pro-inflammatory chemicals and preventing the deterioration of the cells that line the joints. It may also help regenerate connective tissue, improve function and decrease pain.

Turmeric and curcumin are also highly effective anti-inflammatory agents.


Adequan is a synthetic, injection medication that is available through your veterinarian. It increases the viscosity of the synovial fluid around the joint and inhibits cartilage loss. The injections should be administered twice weekly for four weeks.


Hydrotherapy is ideal for arthritic dogs, especially if they can go in the ocean. The buoyancy of the water allows for the free movement of the limbs through the weightless environment of the water, without causing pain in the joints. It improves strength and agility, however be sure to gradually build the length of time swimming because it is easy to over-do this exercise because it feels so good!


Acupuncture is a widely accepted form of alternative medicine by most veterinary clinics because it reduces pain and inflammation around the affected joint. Many dogs fall asleep during the treatment and a noticeable improvement in movement is often seen.


Massage therapy can improve circulation and relief of the soft tissues around the arthritic joint. It can also break up scar tissue, relieve stiffness, and promote better flexibility and range of motion.


It is very important to keep those arthritic joints moving to prevent stiffness and decrease pain. Your arthritic dog may have less enthusiasm about walks, as well as decreased stamina. However, exercise is still essential. Instead of one long daily walk, try taking multiple short, slow walks a day and allow her to take her time to sniff and stay in touch with her environment (social media for dogs!).

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