When our dogs are ill or have been involved in an accident, it's important to get them back to optimal health as soon as possible. Our first thoughts are probably to visit the vet, but, because of the natural ingredients and relatively negligible side effects associated with herbs, many dog owners are interested in finding out more about herbal pain relief for dogs.
Turmeric: While some foods that we consume can be toxic to dogs, turmeric causes no harm to canines. As a matter of fact, turmeric has been discovered to be useful in caring for joint pain in dogs. Sprinkle some turmeric powder on the dog's food to offer him relief from pain.
Cayenne: This herb can address a number of dog health problems. Capsaicin is the natural compound present in the herb that makes cayenne one of the best for herbal pain relief for dogs. Generally working as a pain reliever, this herb triggers the body's own anti-inflammatory mediators at the place where the herb is employed.
Chamomile: Chamomile is really helpful in soothing the irritated eyes of your dog. Drench a bag of chamomile tea in hot water. Take out the bag after sometime. Allow it to cool. Squeeze out the excess water and hold the bag over the irritated eye.
Aloe: Aloe vera provides effective natural herbal pain relief for dogs. This herb can be used in a poultice for flea bites and burns, or some of the aloe vera juice could just be applied to the injury to bring relief from pain.
Alfa-Alfa: This herb supplies long term benefits to dog health. Alfa-alfa offers relief from pain due to arthritis and restores the cardiovascular health of your pet.
St. John's Wort: St. John's wort helps in relieving pain in dogs caused as a result of damage to muscles, joints, or nerve endings due to an injury. This herb can be used locally in the form of an infusion or tincture. When a tincture of St. John's wort and skullcap is eaten by the dog, It can bring relief from pain quickly.
Ginger: The natural compounds present in fresh ginger have anti-spasmodic attributes that makes it an good remedy for lower back pain and stomach pain in dogs, and used topically it will bring comfort from pain due to muscle pulls and strains.
Feverfew: Feverfew's anti-inflammatory properties makes it an excellent herbal pain relief for dogs suffering from arthritis. This herb is used instead of aspirin, as aspirin is toxic to dogs.
Skullcap: This herb when mixed with St. John's wort in equal amounts is efficient in relieving pain due to nerve related diseases or injuries.
Licorice: Licorice contains a compound called Glycyrrhizin which has a structure similar to that of corticosteroids released by the body.This is what gives this herb It's pain relieving attributes. When used topically, licorice reduces pain caused due to arthritis.
Yucca: Saponin, which is the major component of this herb, has anti-inflammatory properties. Also, it induces production of corticosteroids and hormones that help in production of corticosteroids. Therefore this herb is very useful in relieving pain and inflammation due to arthritis. Yucca shows improved results when it is mixed with other herbs like alfa-alfa and licorice.
Herbal pain relief for dogs is safe and effective. Even so, in case of serious injury, or if your dog is in a lot of pain, take him to a veterinarian immediately.