Holistic Therapies for Canine Hip Dysplasia

Many remedies are available to help treat a dog's symptoms by reducing swelling and minimizing pain.

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Senior dogTherapy #6: Herbs

The medicinal use of herbs has been practiced for thousands of years in Eastern cultures. The medicinal use of herbs can be found in many other cultures, including those in Western countries, and has been practiced for hundreds of years.

Herbs can be given as infusions (teas) or in tablet form. The herbs most commonly prescribed to dogs with hip dysplasia are yucca, boswellia, and corydalis. These herbs work to control pain and minimize inflammation. Other herbs may be used to stimulate the immune system or boost energy levels.

In order to determine the exact herbs or combination of herbs necessary to help an afflicted dog, a complete exam is required along with a detailed medical history of the dog. The herbs are then prescribed according to what is going on with the whole dog as opposed to limiting the treatment to only the dogs outward physical symptoms. Attempts to cook book an herbal remedy (i.e., to give a specific herb to all dogs exhibiting a certain symptom) are not effective, according to holistic practitioners. Herbs should be given to pets only under the guidance of a qualified practitioner.

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Reprinted from The Essential Guide to Natural Pet Care for Dogs: Hip Dysplasia © 1999. Permission granted by BowTie Press.

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