My senior dog is having some issues with arthritis pain.
Q. Dear Terry, “My senior dog is having some issues with arthritis pain. The medicines from her vet don’t seem to be helping a lot. Is there anything natural I can give her?” — Blaine R., Hobbs, NM
Q. Dear Blaine, I encourage you to keep your dog’s veterinarian in the loop with any dietary supplementation, as they may have additional insight.
When it comes to addressing your dog’s 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.
Keep in mind that standard curcumin is very poorly absorbed, so make sure you choose a curcumin with excellent absorption and has been proven in published human and veterinary studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. This curcumin has been shown in published human and veterinary studies to be better absorbed than standard curcumin.
It’s also important to find a boswellia that has filtered out the majority of the beta-boswellic acid content. 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 that includes at least 10% or more of acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid (AKBA), the most active compound in boswellia.
I would give your pet these four ingredients once or twice per day.
Terry . . . Naturally