Natural Remedies for Arthritis in
Arthritis in PONS is very similar to arthritis in humans. The aging
process often results in aches, pain and inflammation in the joints.
Arthritis is usually most prevalent in larger breeds, however PONS
may be affected. If your PON is overweight, this will further
aggravate the condition. Maintaining weight control may make the
difference between a happy, healthy PON and one who is grumpy
because of arthritic aches and pains.
Symptoms of arthritis may be revealed in increasing difficulty in
getting up after sleeping. Some PONS may show signs of difficulty
walking which may dissipate after being up for a short period of
time. Swelling of the joints may also be visible.
This is a list of beneficial natural remedies that have proved
helpful in treating arthritis. Avoid using them all at the same
time. Try a few options for a while to see what results you get and
If you do not get the results you want, then try others for a period
- Glucosamine Sulfate: Glucosamine is a naturally
occurring substance found in the fluid around the joints. Joints
are cushioned by this fluid and the cartilages. Arthritis takes
place when the cartilage breaks down causing friction, pain and
stiffness. Glucosamine for dogs may help reduce these problems.
Glucosamine Sulfate supplements are thought to increase the
cartilage and fluids around the joints and prevent them from
further damage. Sulfate is necessary for the production of
cartilage. Glucosamine for dogs has been researched and is one
of the most helpful substances for treating arthritis.
Most dogs have no side effects from glucosamine sulfate
supplements. offer about 20 mg. per pound of body weight, daily.
For a 50 pound PON give 1000 mg. per day. You can divide the
dosage in half and give it every 12 hours. Consult your local
vet on dosage.
- Chondroitin Sulfate: Chondroitin Sulfate is a
substance found in cartilage, tendons and ligaments in the
joints and connective tissue. It helps promote strength,
flexibility and shock absorption. Chondroitin for is used to
help maintain proper joint functioning. Since Chondroitin
Sulfate is a part of the dog’s cartilage naturally,
supplementing it may help to rebuild it over time. Chondroitin
may also stop future damage to the cartilage. It is an
anti-inflammatory agent and helps reduce pain.
Give 10-15 mg. per pound of body weight. For a 50 pound PONS,
give 500-650 mg. per day. You can divide it into two doses per
- Vitamin C: One of the many benefits of Vitamin C is
that it helps to increase the production of collagen in the
body. Collagen is an important substance in the support of the
soft tissue around the joints. Give 500 mg. for a 50 pound dog,
twice a day and consult your vet.
- Fish Oil and Vitamin E: Fish oil has major
anti-inflammatory benefits because of its Omega-3 fatty acids.
When giving fish oil, owners will want to supplement with a
little extra Vitamin E. Give around 500 mg. per 10 pounds of
body weight of fish oil. For a 50 pound dog give 2500 to 3000
mg. per day. Fish oil will help support the immune system in
addition to helping treat arthritis in dogs. You can get gel
capsules with 1000 mg. each. Puncture the capsules and squeeze
the fish oil onto your PON's food. Give 100 IUs per day of
Vitamin E while supplementing with fish oil.
- MSM: MSM for PONS can help alleviate problems with
arthritis. MSM stands for Methylsulfonlmethane. This is a
naturally-occurring form of sulfur. Sulfur is very important for
the maintenance of healthy skin and healthy connective tissues.
It is found in the hair, nails, skin and joints. With age the
body’s level of MSM decreases. This can lead to joint pain and
arthritis among other things. Supplementing with MSM for PONS
will help reduce pain and inflammation. Give 50-100 grams per 10
pounds of body weight.
- Exercise: Regular exercise is important to keeping
arthritis regulated. Owners will not want to over do it, but a
daily walk will help keep your PON's joints functioning a lot
better. Many people think that with arthritis, exercise should
be stopped. Nothing could be further from the actual truth. It
is essential to stay active in order to keep this progressive
illness under control.
lipped mussel is another excellent supplement to help
inflammation. See the front page of PON Digest for an
informative article on it.
- Soft Bedding: Be sure that your arthritic PON has a
soft, comfortable bedding in which to sleep. Sitting and laying
on a hard floor, will make the pain and discomfort of arthritis
Please consult your vet for medical problems.