Your dog may suffer from pain due to illness, and this can be extremely frustrating for you as a pet owner. Pain in dogs may be acute if it is caused by a trauma or injury, while chronic pain often affects the joints of your pet. If your dog is aging then it also becomes more likely that they will have to deal with joint pain. Fortunately, there are several natural methods that can be used to reduce pain. Here are some that you may wish to try.
Feverfew is an anti-inflammatory herb. It can be used for migraines in dogs as well as arthritis. You can use feverfew to make tea for your dog by adding a half a teaspoon of the herb to a cup of boiling water. You can then mix it with some sugar to create a pain relieving tea.
Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties. If your dog is suffering from arthritis pain, migraine or general aches and pains then you can sprinkle a teaspoon of turmeric all over your dog's food to help to alleviate pain.
Create A Ginger Poultice
Ginger can be applied topically to relieve pain in your dog. You can create a poultice out of ginger and apply it topically to the areas on the dog's body where you know they are experiencing pain. Here are the instructions for creating a ginger poultice.
You will need:
- Ginger powder
- Half a cup of warm water
- A wooden spoon
- Glass bowl
- A piece of soft cloth
Here is how you should go about creating the poultice:
- Put a quarter cup of ginger powder into a glass bowl.
- Use a wooden spoon to mix the ginger powder and a half cup of warm water together until a paste has been created.
- When you are ready to use the poultice, add another half cup of very hot water to the paste.
- Dip a piece of cloth into the poultice and allow it to cool slightly.
- Apply the poultice to the area of the body where the dog is experiencing pain, making sure to massage the poultice into the inflamed area.
These natural remedies can be used in addition to any pain medication that your doctor may prescribe for your dog. Your dog may respond better to one form of natural pain relief than the other. The key is to try each of them until you find one that works best for your pet. For more information, contact a professional like those at Metzger Animal Hospital.