We are currently giving our 98 lb. Labrador retriever prednisone for hip and back leg pain.
Q. 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
A. Dear Joyce, A pain formula that contains curcumin, boswellia, DLPA, and nattokinase works well for dogs. I would recommend giving your dog one or two capsules daily, long-term.
You may also want to consider giving her a different multi-ingredient combination of highly absorbable curcumin and boswellia, along with vitamin D and fructoborate. This quartet of ingredients helps to reduce joint pain and stiffness, as well as rebuild joint structure. I recommend taking one capsule of this blend 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 clinical studies. The best form I have ever found uses micronized curcumin blended with turmeric essential oils in a patented process. This curcumin has been shown to be up to 10 times better absorbed than standard curcumin. It’s also important to find formulas that feature a boswellia extract that has filtered out the majority of beta-boswellic acid, to at least 5% or less. 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.
On a personal note, we have two Australian Shepherds (Buddy and Bella), which you can see in the upper left hand corner of the homepage on my website Terry Talks Nutrition. We give them the same pain formula, along with high absorption curcumin, a good probiotic, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Terry . . . Naturally