Arthritis in Dogs
Arthritis in dogs is all too common these days. Arthritis is thought to affect one in every five dogs and around the same number in horses. Arthritis in dogs is one of the most common health problems seen by vets and unfortunately is rarely noticed in the early stages because these animals tend to ignore soreness and discomfort until the arthritic changes in the joints have progressed significantly.
What is Arthritis & particularly arthritis in dogs?
Arthritis can ultimately result in joints that simply don't work properly. Since there are no blood vessels or sensory nerves in joint cartilage, damage to cartilage can be quite advanced before the surrounding supportive tissues become inflamed and sore.
There are effective medications such as the steroids Prednisone, Dexamethasone, and other corticosteroids which will markedly reduce swelling and inflammation to affected joints, but the downside to using steroids long term is that they can actually contribute to additional joint damage and breakdown plus there are definite side effects with many of these drugs.
For an interesting but rather frightening article on the side effects of the drug Rimadyl, which is being advertised here on New Zealand TV go to
My dog has always suffered from stiff joints . I have been feeding her Brookby Herbs' Organic Free Mover and she's now running around like a two year old. She's a quite a different dog altogether - even the Vet can't believe the difference. I swear by it.
Herbs not only contain natural pain relieving properties but assist by cleansing the toxins from the body.Devils Claw has proven to be highly effective in German studies for its anti-inflammatory nature and White Willow bark and Meadowsweet are both considered natural aspirin providing general pain relief.
So as a final comment for animals who may be getting on in years, please remember that they suffer just the same way that we do and that effective treatment is available and without any harsh side effects. If you suspect your dog may be suffering from arthritis then please see your vet and remember to ask for any natural alternative treatments they have available or shop on-line today at Brookby Herbs.
I can't recommend devils claw Free Mover Plus enough. I have been using it on my 13hh aged (we think she's around 30yo) mare who foundered at least twice before we bought her and had chronic seedy toe. Three years later, with the help of Brookby Herbs' products, she is galloping around the paddock like a pony half her age. The past two seasons my daughter has competed very successfully in show hunter jumping classes, finishing 8th last year on the New Zealand pony high points, evented, competed in pony club classes at the shows where they have won champion ribbons for paced and mannered, and the pair managed 1.25m in a two bar challenge. The times I have run out of Free Mover and been slack in putting in an order, the difference in the pony's action is quite noticeable. Older ponies are the best at teaching young children and deserve the best care. Free Mover is a must in my book.
Posted: Mon 16 May 2011