If it appears your pet is stiff or showing signs of struggle while walking, it could be arthritis.

And it’s not just older cats and dogs that develop the disease. Younger pets with pre-existing joint issues, or who have experienced trauma or infection are prone to developing it, as well. 

So, how do you treat arthritis in your pet?

If you want to avoid the route of traditional medicine, all-natural options are available.

Natural remedies for arthritis aid in decreasing inflammation and pain, without the side effects of traditional medicine. 

One option known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties is licorice root. Wild yam, St. John’s wort, and burdock root can also be beneficial.

Supplements can cleanse your pet’s body of toxins, thereby enhancing the condition of their cartilages and joints.

Many herbs, such as oregano, thyme, ginger, basil, parsley and celery seeds, have high antioxidant properties, and contain necessary vitamins. Turmeric, alfalfa and yucca root are also used in the treatment of arthritis.

Taken orally, Cayenne may also offer pain relief. In addition, cayenne acts as a systemic stimulant, helping move herbs and other medicines into joint areas where they are needed. 

Such herbs can be sprinkled on your pet’s food daily.

With most holistic therapies, it may take a month or more before results are noticeable. So, be patient. 

Please note that while these all-natural options can help to ease your pet’s pain and make them more comfortable, they will not cure the disease itself. 

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your local pet store if you have questions on this or any pet-related topic.