1. Change the diet.
Introduce raw egg yolks, yoghurt, raw chicken necks, pulped or grated raw vegetables and fruit (in particular berries which are high in antioxidants).
*Please see my recipe page for the full raw diet.
*if your pet is not getting raw meaty bones in the diet such as chicken legs, wings, carcusses then its important to add calcium to the food.
For every 150 grams of raw meat (without bone), add 300mg calcium carbonate powder
2. Start introducing the following supplements, (all available at a good Natural Health Food Shop).
Supplement Dosage per 5kg of body weight
Glucosamine and Chondroitin 500mg
MSM (methyl sulfonyl methane) 50mg
Vitamin C (ester C non acidic) min 100mg
Vitamin E 100iu
Vitamin A 2000iu
Fish oil (salmon or cod liver oil) 1 tsp
Omega 6 oil 1 tsp
(blackcurrant oil, flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil)
SOD (superoxide dismutase) 50mg
Another great supplement is an all green supplement that is composed of, for example: spirulina, chorella, barley grass, wheatgrass and alfalfa. Some health food shops sell this as a complete powder called ‘Supergreens’ or ‘Vitagreens.’ Half a teaspoon (to every 10kg body weight) of this added to the diet each day, will work wonders and complement the raw food diet.
3. After 4-8 weeks you should see changes in your pet’s movements, activity levels and general disposition. At this time you can try reducing the amount of veterinary drugs that have been prescribed such as Metacam (an anti-inflammatory non steroidal drug) or the corticosteriod drugs for the more severe cases. The quicker you can get your pet off these drugs the better.
However until the diet is dramatically changed and supplements have been implemented on a daily basis for several weeks, the drugs will be necessary for your pet to deal with it’s pain and discomfort.
4. Massage the sore joints as much the animal will let you. This will get the blood flowing to the area and help to move toxins that have accumulated in the joints.
5. Acupuncture works wonders for pets with arthritis. There are some vets who offer this in Dubai. Modern Vet Clinic on Al Wasl Road and the Blue Oasis in the Green Community.
All of the advice I have given has come from years of practice, research and watching animals that were in pain with debilitating arthritis improve dramatically after 4-8 weeks of treatment.
Taken in conjunction with veterinary prescription drugs none of the above will in any way harm your pet.
Veterinary drugs such as anti-inflammatories and corticosteroids will however, over the long term, damage your pet’s liver, kidneys, the cardiovascular system, cause stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, weight gain, suppression of the immune system to name but a few.
Switch the diet, go shopping for all of the above supplements and give your pet a new life!