Dogs of any age can develop ailments that cause pain, sometimes severe. Often times an injury can leave a dog with lifelong arthritis. Hip dysplasia, which is when the hip socket forms abnormally, can in serious cases eventually cause arthritis of the joint and even a crippling lameness. If your dog suffers with pain, no matter what its age, there are home remedies for pain medication for dogs that are safe to use and work just as well as conventional pain medications.
St. John's Wort
According to Natural-dog-health-remedies.com, St. John's wort reduces pain while speeding up the healing process. If your dog experiences pain that is brought on by injuries where his joints, nerve endings or muscles have been bruised, St. John's wort is available at health food stores in many forms such as oil infusion, tincture and salve. This herb is safe; however, in rare cases, dogs can develop a photosensitive rash.
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) states that feverfew has been used in European folk medicine for centuries as a remedy for headaches, arthritis and fevers. Dogs with chronic arthritis can benefit from feverfew; use it as a tincture or a tea when giving it to your dog as a pain remedy.
Information from the UMMC states that arnica has been used since the early 1500s to reduce inflammation, soothe muscle aches and heal wounds. Arnica is widely used for used for sprains and bruises. Arnica, used as a homeopathic remedy, can be useful for acute pain resulting from injuries. Dogs who have severe pain from a traumatic injury are often restless and unwilling to be touched. If you find this to be the case with your dog, seek the medical advice of your veterinarian before proceeding with any home remedy.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.