Natural Remedies and Relief for Dogs With Arthritis, Joint Pain, Hip Dysplasia, and Shoulder OCD

Updated on August 21, 2019
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Here are four home remedies that provided relief for my dog's joint problems.
Here are four home remedies that provided relief for my dog's joint problems. | Source

Does Your Dog Need Relief From Joint or Hip Pain?

Like so many other families, we own a Labrador retriever. Our Charlie is sweet, smart, goofy, ridiculous, destructive, obsessive and super lovable. Although he digs up the flower bed for entertainment and eats freshly thrown newspapers for breakfast (on those mornings when he has escaped the backyard fence), we still love him and always will. When he began limping at about nine months of age, we were concerned, as labs are known to be susceptible to joint problems. We were also incredibly squeezed for funds that month.

I googled his symptoms, and while I'm not a vet, I got the impression from my research that he might have something called shoulder osteochondrosis, or shoulder OCD. It looked as though it was time for hundreds of dollars worth of x-rays and possibly thousands of dollars worth of surgery. Based on my internet research and personal experience with Charlie, I found these natural remedies.

4 Ways to Relieve Joint Pain in Dogs

  1. Fish Oil
  2. Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Hyaluronic Acid
  3. More Meat and Vegetables
  4. Soft Places to Walk and Rest

Our crazy "Charliedog" is quite active and has no physical problems today.
Our crazy "Charliedog" is quite active and has no physical problems today. | Source

1. Fish Oil for Dogs

Based on my internet research, I began giving Charlie a fish oil supplement every day. Many dogs' diets are lacking in omega-3 fatty acids, and a fish oil supplement can help remedy that. Even if you feed your dog a commercial dog food that is enriched with omega-3 fatty acid, as many are these days, chances are your dog still needs a supplement, as most dog food manufacturers aren't adding enough omega-3 to their dog foods. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reported a study which found that arthritic dogs were able to rise more easily from a resting position after being given fish oil supplements for six weeks, and had an improved ability to walk after 12 weeks. I simply put one capsule in his wet food every day and he gobbles up the entire portion without even noticing the capsule. I give him the same supplements we take ourselves; there is no need to purchase special fish oil supplements for dogs.

2. Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Hyaluronic Acid for Dogs

Like fish oil, glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid are supplements intended for human consumption. However, they will not harm your dog and may even help your furry friend. These substances have helped plenty of people and pets alike with joint problems. While you might think that three more supplements sounds like a lot, these three are often combined into one supplement. Our Charlie weights about 80 pounds, so I give him one pill each day, which for the brand I buy is half the recommended human dosage. Unlike the fish oil capsules, he does seem to mind these. To get him to take it, I crush it and sprinkle it over his wet food. My lime squeezer (normally reserved for making margaritas!) works well for crushing the tablets.

3. More Meat and Vegetables

From my research I also learned that most dogs eat too much grain and not enough meat and vegetables. Evidently, feeding dogs corn and other grains is something that humans invented and perpetuate; in the wild, dogs eat mostly meat and vegetables. A grain-free or low-grain diet can help ease joint pain in dogs. While Charlie does not consume a grain-free diet, I do make sure the dog food I buy for him, both dry and wet, has meat as its first ingredient. Since I'm on the subject of dog food, I'll throw in the matter of a dog's weight. Charlie is young and very active, and at this point in his life he is not overweight. However, if your dog is overweight, help him or her slim down, as being overweight can cause or exacerbate joint pain.

4. Soft Places to Walk and Rest

Unfortunately for the dogs who live with us, we have concrete floors. While concrete floors' good looks and easy upkeep are great for me as a parent and a dog owner, and great for my kids (indoor roller skating, anyone?) they are not so great for the dogs. I'm sad to say that my poor puppies' joints take a pounding on these floors, not to mention all the slipping and sliding the dogs do when they attempt to run. To remedy this I have made sure that our dogs have a large, thick, soft, memory foam bed to lie on when they're inside. In fact, we have one in the living room and one in the office, as those are the two rooms where the dogs spend the most time. In all rooms of the house I have placed large area rugs with thick pads underneath. Of course, the humans of our home enjoy and benefit from the rugs as much as the dogs do.

The Results

I am happy to report that within a few weeks of beginning Charlie's supplement regimen, he stopped limping. He is three years old now, and the limping has not returned. However, once he stopped limping, I did not stop giving him the supplements. I give them to him every day and will continue to do so for the rest of his life. I buy the large bottles from the warehouse store, and the cost is very manageable. He loves his beds and the rugs and spends lots of time on them, which I'm sure is helpful, too. Like I stated earlier, I'm no veterinarian. Maybe it's sheer luck that he stopped limping. Maybe he simply strained a muscle or two and his limping had nothing to do with his joints. I don't know, because I'm not a vet, and since he stopped limping there was no need to pursue further treatment. But I am happy to say that today he is healthy, happy, active and strong. Too bad he still eats the newspaper.

Video: A dog that has gained improved health and mobility with fish oil, glucosamine, and chondroitin.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.


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      2 years ago


      What dosage were the fishoil pills? Thanks

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      4 years ago

      Hi Maya - thanks for sharing your experience. I hadn't heard of using a hip brace before to treat the pain and stiffness.. I'm going to check out the Ortocanis hip brace you mentioned and ask my vet about it to see if it's something that could work for us. Thanks for the tip!

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      4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      My 11 year old dog was diagnosed with hip dysplasia about 6 months ago. She is especially stiff in the mornings and after going on longer walks (more than an hour more or less, depending on the season). Luckily we have a great vet who has been helping us to treat her naturally. We've been giving her a natural anti-inflammatory with Devil's Claw that doesn't have any nasty side effects.

      Our vet also recommended that we buy an Ortocanis hip brace. It helps to increase circulation in the area and stability, reducing her pain. We noticed an improvement in her gait when we started to use it.

      For now it seems like we have the disease under control for the time being... hopefully our dog will stay happy and active for years to come!

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      6 years ago

      My Dog!

    • JubePlaysGames profile image


      8 years ago from Canada

      No problem! It's worked so well for my dogs and my friend's dog. Whereas aspirin and vet prescriptions have always caused "smelly" side effects. :/ Hope it helps!

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Thanks so much, Jube, for letting me know about Traumeel. I had never heard of it, so I did a bit of quick research and it appears to be a blend of 12 different herbs. I'm glad to hear it works and will keep it in mind if my dogs have any more problems. Apparently it relieves pain in general, so it could help not just dogs with joint pain, but also dogs with cuts, bites and other injuries. Thank you!

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      8 years ago from Canada

      In my experience, raw feeding can do wonders for dogs with arthritis, joint pain, blown ACLs and hip dysplasia.

      Also, I've found that Liquid Traumeel is a great pain reliever and anti-inflammatory. I don't really buy into holistics and homeopathy, but in this case I've seen the stuff work wonders, and it's available cheaply from pharmacies and grocery stores. No side effects. Do double the recommended human dose on the bottle (ie. 20 drops instead of 10).


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