Arthritis in dogs is not uncommon. In the past, it was a common occurrence as the dog aged, but now it occurs in young dogs, too. Clearly something is wrong with the health of dogs globally, for this to happen.
Although there is only one main reason for this, there are multiple causes. The main reason for any health issue is a poor immune system. Illnesses can only occur when the immunity is not responding as it should. Everyone is born with the potential ability to heal themselves, ie, an immune system which develops from experience. Along the way, things undermine its ability. These are the various causes.
So let’s look at the most common causes of arthritis in dogs. Most veterinarians will tell you that this is a genetic defect. Whilst this may be true in a few dogs, I don’t believe it is true in the majority.
What we need to look at is what affects the immune system. What causes it to work imperfectly?
No baby, or puppy in this case, is born with a working immune system. The individual’s immunity has to learn along the way. Passive immunity comes from the mother’s milk. Dog mothers, given the chance, will feed their puppies, on a tapering need, for up to, or even beyond, six months of age. This is to allow the puppy’s immune system to grow naturally and progressively. There is always this back-up system available.
But add humanity to the mix and all hell breaks loose. Humans typically remove the puppy from the mother at eight weeks of age or less. Add to that shocking event are vaccines. Whatever your belief in vaccines, the ingredients are toxic chemicals and the effect is to disrupt the delicate and growing immune system.
If the puppy is unlucky, they will find themselves in a series of homes or rescue centres. Not only is it likely that the fundamental dog’s needs will be overlooked, as most humans have little understanding of how to treat dogs, their diet is unhealthy and non-species-specific.
Commercial dog food is good news for the manufacturer and retailer, who profit handsomely, but bad news for the dogs. The ingredients are poor quality, from inappropriate food that dogs have not evolved on, topped up with synthetic ‘vitamins’ and ‘minerals’ to address the shortfall the manufacturers are so aware of. These are indigestible and can wreck havoc on the body. For example, synthetic calcium is thought to cause arthritis.
All nutrients should come from food, not a laboratory. This way, they will be in natural balance with the other nutrients that are needed for proper utilisation. No-on can be healthy if they are not getting the appropriate nutrition for their species. Enter disease.
Veterinary care has little to offer dogs with arthritis other than the suppression of the symptoms (and so the immune system) with a chemical drug, which leads to more ailments down the track.
What you may not know is that, while you can’t undo your dog’s past, you can change what you are doing now and often this resolves the problem, if not completely, to a large degree.
There are three things to consider, all of which will help get dogs with arthritis well on the way to recovery.
1 – You can start by feeding your dog how they evolved. This may be hard to get your head around initially, but it is well worth the trying. Your dog will really appreciate your effort.
2 – You can start to treat every ailment holistically, which has the effect of improving the immune system rather than suppressing it. For me, the best holistic treatment is homeopathy.
3 – Make sure you understand where a dog is coming from. Really appreciate a dog’s needs, based on their evolutionary past. They are pack animals and they need strong, competent and calm leaders. Jan Fennell has studied this really well and offers you natural, easy and non-aggressive ways to sort out behavioural issues.
Think outside the box. Natural treatment of arthritis in dogs offers you the best, the most effective, the lowest cost and the easiest solutions.