Just like in human health, medics continue to explore alternative medicine to escape the adverse side effects brought about by conventional drugs. The veterinary sector has not been left behind either. Vets are actively exploring the potential of herbs in treating injuries. There are a number of herbs that have proved effective in providing pain relief for dogs. They can be used individually or better still mixed together. It should be noted however that their effect may take longer to be felt. On the other hand, they save your dog from harmful side effects. Here are some herbs that can be used to relief pain:
St. John’s Wort and Skullcap
Each of these herbs can be used individually, but are most effective when mixed. They are recommended where the nerves have been affected. They are mostly applicable in areas rich in nerve endings. Typically, the two are mixed in equal proportions. The perfect dose consists of 12 drops of the mixture for every 20 lbs of dog weight. If your dog is heavier or lighter, you can adjust accordingly. This dose should be taken thrice per day for one week for effective pain relief for dogs.
One of the major components of Yucca known as saponin has anti-inflammatory properties. It also boosts the body’s production of cortioco-steroids. Yucca is very effective in dealing with pain and inflammation arising from arthritis. It is much safer than synthetically produced drugs which promise similar results. Like many other herbs, its effectiveness can be enhanced by combining it with other herbs such as licorine and alfalfa.
One of the components in this herb, known as capsaisin, has been known to block pain and boost blood circulation. It is also effective in boosting the body’s anti-inflammatory mediators on the area where it’s applied. It is mostly found as an ointment or cream. It is one of the most commonly used herbs to provide pain relief for dogs suffering from arthritis.
This herb can be used as a mixture or on its own. One of its components known as glycyrrhizin makes it a very efficient anti-inflammatory remedy. The said component contains a chemical structure that matches that of natural cortico-steroids which are released by adrenal glands. This enables licorine to offer pain relief for dogs without negatively affecting the immune system. If the joints are painful and swollen as a result of arthritis, use an oil infusion containing licorine on the affected areas.
There are many other herbs that can be used in similar capacity including feverfew, ginger and turmeric. As we have already noted, the remedies work best when you combine two or more herbs. This mode of treatment calls for patience and consistence as the results may take time. On the other hand, your dog will get healed without suffering from any unpleasant side effects and there will be little chance of the problem recurring. Before making that trip to the veterinary store, try out some of these herbal remedies and you may just skip that trip all together!