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As a dog owner, you, without a doubt, consider your canine to be a part of your family, loving him unconditionally just as he does you. And while catering to the needs of your beloved furry family member, you always want to be sure that you are offering the best available care to your dog, especially when their diet and health is involved. For most of us, no expense is too high when it comes to our dog’s health, and we’ll do most anything to keep them healthy, happy, and living a fun-loving life. Like humans, dogs also experience pain from time to time, and when many of us rely on pain relief in the form of medicine, so do our four-legged friends. With that being said, it’s important to be aware of potential adverse side effects from such drugs, and perhaps introduce you to other less harsh options to pain relief for your dog. Herbal medication for dogs is a great form of pain relief and has little or no side effects. Checking with your veterinarian on what types of herbal medication to use (and the appropriate situations in which to use them) is a wonderful way to familiarize yourself with this type of medication, while fully understanding the effect that it can have on your dog.

Turmeric is great for joint pain
While some (but definitely not all) herbal medication may tend to range on the pricier side, you might be happy to hear that some forms of herbal medication are available to you right now for free! Where? Look no further than your very own kitchen. These simple home remedies are easy to make, and are friendly to your canine (and your wallet). Turmeric for example, may prove to be beneficial to your canine, specifically for joint pain. Adding turmeric to your dog’s food is a simple way to introduce your dog to the herb, while offering your dog pain relief at the very same time. Cayenne is another cure-all herb you may have in your household, and it not only works to relieve pain in your dog, but also functions as an anti-inflammatory – also great for joint issues.

Chamomile can soothe eye irritation

Eye irritation is annoying to both humans and dogs. Fortunately enough, Chamomile can be used to help sooth your pet’s irritated eyes. It’s as easy as soaking a chamomile tea bag in hot water, letting it cool, and then squeezing the excess water out and applying it to your dog’s eyes. Another versatile herb is Aloe Vera which can be used for pain relief by forming it into a poultice and applying it to burns or flea bites. If stomach or back issues are giving your dog trouble, Ginger contains antispasmodic characteristics. In other words, Ginger possesses ingredients that combat muscle spasms, and is also helpful to soothe muscular strains and pulls. It’s always important to be aware of the amount of Ginger (or any other herbal medication taken by mouth) you’re giving your dog in any given dose – you can always give your dog more if need be, but you don’t want to risk giving your dog more than he or she can handle at one time.

Aloe can provide pain relief for
bug bites or burns
If you are ever unsure on whether or not a certain herbal medication or remedy is safe for your dog, it’s always smart to consult with your veterinarian. Herbal medication for dogs, used appropriately in relation to the condition and status of your dog’s health, is a convenient and fairly inexpensive way of relieving your dog of pain or other common irritations, while keeping their faces smiling and tails wagging for a very long time!

This article was provided by Silver Lining Herbs. Silver Lining Herbs is a world leader in human-grade herbal support for horses and dogs, providing the best possible resources for natural health.

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