3 Alternative Pain Treatment Options for Dogs

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Dogs suffer aches and pains just like we do, and conventional treatments aren’t always feasible to get them back on their feet.

Vet bills can be prohibitively expensive, and many people are understandably uneasy about giving their dogs powerful medications.

Fortunately, alternative options are available for our best friends.

1. Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture is a growing trend, and it’s showing promising results.

It’s safe when performed by a skilled veterinary acupuncturist, and it’s used to treat a variety of conditions in canines including musculoskeletal problems (like arthritis and back pain), gastrointestinal problems, and skin problems.

Though some pet owners are understandably cautious, research into this field has demonstrated real potential. In one controlled study involving cattle, 87.5% of animal participants experienced significant pain relief when treated with acupuncture.

2. CBD Dog Treats

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a compound found in cannabis plants that have demonstrated a wide range of potential medical benefits.

CBD has been the subject of numerous studies, and some research has shown it to be more effective than opioids for pain management.

In one joint study (if you’ll forgive the pun) from UC Berkeley and Kent State University, 2,897 prescription opioid users were asked to compare their pain management experiences with opioids vs. cannabis. A full 97% of participants agreed that cannabis enabled them to reduce their dependence on opioids for pain management.

One benefit of CBD is that it’s not psychoactive, so it won’t cause your dog to get high. The compound is extracted from the cannabis plant to promote the medicinal benefits without the intoxicating effects.

CBD dog treats may provide a sense of calm and contribute to pain relief, but make sure to provide your dog with canine-specific treats that are prepared with safe dosages in mind, and do not give your dog more treats than recommended on the package.

3. Boswellia

While we’re on the subject of herbs, Boswellia (frankincense) is another herbal preparation that you can find specifically for dogs.

This one may be especially useful for older dogs who are experiencing arthritis pain.

In a 2004 Swiss study, the use of Boswellia contributed to joint pain relief in 71% of canine participants after just two weeks. Dogs were treated for six weeks with the herb, and they were given a daily dosage of 400 mg/10 kg body weight.

If you’re seeking natural pain relief for you beloved Schnauzer or Cocker Spaniel, just remember to always do your homework, follow dosage requirements carefully, and keep a close eye on your dog to make sure there are no unpleasant side effects.

3 Alternative Pain Treatment Options for Dogs

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