I have a Labrador retriever who suffers from hip and back leg pain.
Dear Terry, “I have a 98 lb. Labrador retriever. We are currently giving her prednisone for hip and back leg pain. Are there any natural options to help relieve her pain? I really want to get her off meds as soon as possible. Hoping you can help.” — Joyce M., Wichita Falls, TX
Dear Joyce, When it comes to addressing your pet’s hip and back leg pain, I would recommend these four ingredients: highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, DLPA and nattokinase. These are the same ingredients I give my two Australian Shepherds (Buddy and Bella) for pain. Each ingredient works in a slightly different manner to get your pet comfortable as quickly as possible. I advise giving your pet these four ingredients 1-2 times daily.
If your pet also has joint stiffness, I recommend using highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure.
Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure the products you choose feature a curcumin with excellent absorption that has been proven in published human studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils. This curcumin has been shown in published human studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
It’s also important to find products that feature a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid. Unlike most boswellic acids, beta-boswellic acid is actually pro-inflammatory. Removing it greatly enhances the potency of the boswellia extract. You also want a boswellia extract that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active component of boswellia.
Terry . . . Naturally