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Our family dog is a 10 year old Cocker Spaniel who is still very spunky, but is having some pain in her hips.

Q. Dear Terry, “Our family dog is a 10 year old Cocker Spaniel who is still very spunky, but is having some pain in her hips. When she walks sometimes she yelps and she doesn’t like playing fetch nearly as much anymore. Are there any natural ways to relieve her pain?” — Patricia G., Chicago, IL

A. Dear Patricia, 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 studies. The best form I have ever found uses curcumin blended with turmeric essential oil. This curcumin has been shown in published human 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.

If your pet also has joint stiffness, I would try a highly absorbable curcumin, boswellia, vitamin D, and fructoborate combination. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure.

Healthy Regards!

Terry . . . Naturally

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