Most owners want to do all they can when they see their pets in pain. A common disease that dogs in particular are prone to is arthritis. And while there are surgeries that can be performed to help ease pain, certain lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise could help and are less invasive. You may want to also consider giving your dog boswellia.
Boswellia serrata is a plant which has been used to ease pain and inflammation that is associated with rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma, osteoarthritis, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease in humans. It’s often used in Ayurveda medicine to help relieve symptoms that come with these aliments, as well as depression. For dogs, boswellia can reduce inflammation caused by arthritis significantly.
First, it’s important to understand canine arthritis. Signs of canine arthritis include: limping, difficulty moving, excessive licking or chewing, and tiredness. You may notice your dog cannot jump or run as fast as he or she used to, this could also be a sign of arthritis. Breeds such as Newfoundlands and Bernese Mountain dogs are most prone to osteoarthritis, but this can happen to any dog.
Boswellia may also benefit a dog with brain cancer as it can help with reducing cerebral edema. It’s often used instead of steroids, which can potentially have negative side effects.
Boswellia normally comes in tab forms, which can be given to your pet directly or in his or her food. It’s recommended to give the herb when your pet has a full stomach as to avoid any possible upset that may come with giving it on an empty stomach.
When it comes to frequency and dosage, every dog is different. Your dog’s weight will have a significant impact on directions of use, so definitely follow the label as prescribed by your vet.
Some side effects of boswellia may include: nausea, diarrhea and abdominal discomfort. However, it’s important to note, many studies have found a significant decrease in joint pain for dogs who were giving the herb.
Of course, before you give your pet boswellia, it’s important to speak with your veterinarian first. Other herbs or medications may interfere with boswellia, and every dog is different.
While many dogs find relief with boswellia, that doesn’t mean your dog will. If your veterinarian doesn’t think it will be a good fit with your pup, trust him or her, and definitely don’t give it to your dog on your own.
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