Nutritional Support for Pet Arthritis
If your pet has been diagnosed with arthritis there are a number of nutritional changes that can make a significant change in your pet’s comfort.
Eliminate grains from the diet. Grains, particularly those containing gluten such as wheat, barley and rye, can be difficult for the body to process and can lead to increased levels of inflammation in the joints.
Eliminate potatoes. Potatoes are members of the nightshade family which can exacerbate arthritis pain in certain animals. If you are feeding a commercial dry food, consider one that has a tapioca or chickpea base instead of potato.
Eliminate red meat, especially beef. Most commercially-raised beef is corn-fed and therefore has high levels of Omega-6 fats. Diets high in omega 6 fats have been correlated with inflammation. Grass-fed beef is an exception, but is also difficult to source and more expensive. Stick with fish and poultry.
Add Fish Oil. Among its many benefits, fish oil can dramatically reduce joint inflammation. It can take 2-4 weeks of consistent use to see an effect from fish oil. Make sure you are using a reputable brand that is fresh and purified.
Spice it up! Add tumeric to your pet’s diet. Tumeric contains curcumin, which is a safe and natural anti-inflammatory. This is simple enough to mix into a home-cooked diet, but if you feed commercial food, you can also purchase tumeric in capsules. Dosing is 1/8-1/4 tsp per 10 pounds of body weight.