We all try our best to give our dogs the best food, healthy exercise, even the safest, most eco-friendly toys …
But then something creeps up and we automatically turn to conventional meds. Maybe it’s joint pain. Maybe it’s an infection. Maybe it’s seizures.
The worst part is, you’re not 100% sure what you’re putting in your dog’s body – or the impact it can have long term.
The good news is, there are alternative options out there! Natural herbs and supplements for dogs are available that will benefit the joints and skin.
**Keep in mind that there are so many different natural remedies and supplements out there, so I’ve just picked my 3 favorites. These ones cover a whole bunch of different issues, so they’re really valuable when it comes to natural health.
3 Natural Supplements For Dogs
1.Cannabidiol (CBD Oil)
Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) is one of the active parts of the naturally growing cannabis plant. The natural healing benefits of this plant are abundant and used for a variety of healing remedies. And not just humans – animals too!
How does it work? The cannabinoids in CBD go to work on your dog’s endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate many vital functions including sleep, appetite and digestion, immune system and function, pain, memory, temperature regulation and pleasure and reward. This system helps ensure the body has the most optimal balance possible.
Thanks to this, CBD is one of the most versatile healing remedies available to us.
The uses of CBD range from medical to behavioral issues. CBD has been shown to help with:
- Muscles spasms
- Obsessive behaviors
- Neurological disorders
- Digestive disorders
Here's how to find the best CBD oil for your dog:
Glucosamine is essential for the production of healthy cartilage. As our dogs age, their natural production of glucosamine begins to slow down. When you factor in the normal usage of the joints, this can result in pain or even osteoarthritis.
Glucosamine is derived from chitin. Chitin makes up the shells of shellfish and it helps improve joint tissue by nourishing the cartilage. Glucosamine also works as a natural anti-inflammatory that helps with arthritis in your dog.
It’s recommended you use glucosamine in conjunction with chondroitin. Chondroitin is another natural compound found in cartilage. It can help with the elastic properties of the joint, as well as help with increasing water retention.
You can also add glucosamine-rich foods to your dog’s diet. Since glucosamine supplements are made from the exoskeletons of crustaceans, add some crawfish, lobster, crab and shrimp to her meals.
3. Manuka Honey
Manuka honey is great for slowing down the growth of bacteria. Since honey produces hydrogen peroxide, it’s also an antibacterial agent. Because of this, it’s great for healing minor burns and wounds. It can reduce inflammation and soothe pain.
The antibacterial properties can help calm an upset stomach. It can also help a dog with allergies.
If your dog has any form of respiratory distress, raw honey can help soothe the throat and its antibacterial properties will help with the respiratory infection.
Manuka honey contains simple sugars, such as glucose and fructose, along with essential vitamins:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin K
It also contains tons of minerals:
Another awesome benefit of honey is the flavonoids, which are an antioxidant.
** An important note: if your dog has diabetes make sure to consult your veterinarian before feeding honey.
Dogs make our lives better and we all try to do everything to make their lives the most enjoyable. Whether you make food at home, buy new toys each month or even give your puppy a special spot on the couch, you're doing your best.
When you use natural herbs and supplements for dogs, you can help improve joint function, fight allergies, even speed wound healing. And you're doing it all without chemicals or risky drugs!
Lindsay Engle is an avid gardener who loves learning through trial and error. She started her own gardening blog called Florida Container Gardening Life. Here, she shares her experiences in hopes to educate and help others learn how to garden. She also writes pet articles for a healthcare learning resource centre for seniors. She helps educate them on how to continue taking care of their pets as they age.