Our dog was recently diagnosed with painful osteoarthritis
Q. Dear Terry, “Our dog was recently diagnosed with painful osteoarthritis. The doctor recommended a prescription pain reliever, but I was reading about the side effects and they worry me. Our dog has already had some health issues in the past and we like to focus on more natural treatments with her. What do you recommend for the joint pain?” — Karen T., Virginia Beach, VA
A. Dear Karen, When it comes to addressing your pet’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. I advise giving your pet these four ingredients 1-2 times daily.
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 oil.
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