Treating Arthritis vs. Treating Inflammation
If inflammation and arthritis have similar symptoms, how does one know what to treat? Generally, any dog that is suffering from arthritis will also be suffering from chronic inflammation to a varying degree. There is a possibility that a dog showing signs of arthritis may not be suffering from arthritis at all. Rather, the inflammation may have simply settled into the dog’s joints. Therefore, treating inflammation from the outset is ideal.
In addition, new research has suggested that the most popular treatment for arthritis, glucosamine and chondroitin supplementation, doesn’t actually work
. Other popular arthritis treatments that have shown promise for improving the lives of arthritic dogs are coconut oil and turmeric. Interestingly, these two food supplements are proven anti-inflammatories, which begs the question of whether the dog is simply showing improvement because inflammation was the root cause.
However, coconut oil should not be given to dogs because of its high-fat content, the potential of allergy, and the risk of pancreatitis. Similarly, turmeric is not suitable for all pets, especially those with blood clotting disorders. In the past few years, numerous turmeric brands have been recalled for unsafe levels of lead, which makes this form of supplementation even less safe.