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    Defaultany natural relief for arthritis in dog's leg?

    Our recently adopted black lab has one swollen hock(? back leg knee joint). She only limps when she first gets up in the morning, then wants a long walk and to chase a tennis ball . I have started limiting the ball chasing because of the swelling, but she has had the morning limp since we rescued her. The swollen area is warm to the touch. She is on a daily joint supplement.
    Rather than subject her to xrays and then possibly pain meds for the rest of her life, does anyone use a natural remedy for arthritis? (this is what our vet suspects it is).
    I was even wondering if there was some type of poultice that could be applied while the dog was relaxing in the evening?
    thanks if you have ideas ...

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    i have heard massage can offer relief. but just "at the moment" it would still need to be part of a pain management plan they will not cure all pain. nothing wrong with using pain medication to make them comfortable as needed.
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    Warm to the touch would really concern me. Sounds like a sign of infection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mss View Post
    Warm to the touch would really concern me. Sounds like a sign of infection.
    true. I also missed that the area was swollen - wouldn't this indicate something more than arthritis?
    Charlie (foster) and Rocky

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    Swollen and warm to the touch are symptoms of infection.

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    Vit. C and MSM are good anti-inflammatories, as well as fish oil for the Omega 3 & 6.

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    When the arthritis in my left knee (injured at 17 when I was hbc) is really bad it swells and it hot to the touch. Could just be arthritis. But - if your dog has swelling there is probably quite a lot of pain too.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    MY SIL is making Harley a set of doggie leg warmers to cover her elbows in the winter weather for Harley's arthritis - I don't know if it will help (hope so) but she will be stylin!

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    okay, thanks for the ideas. The "swelling" is actually that one hock is larger than the other, like the bone is larger on one side. I guess I will have the vet recheck it, even though she didn't seem too concerned about it a week ago. She is a good vet and used to breed Labs so I trust her to figure it out.

    I wish dogs were able to tell us when things hurt or when they don't. Misty just wants to play and run around so I can't tell if it is bothering her or not. Right now she is rolling around under the table with a toy, hoping I will pet her, she really loves having a home!
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    Way back in the day, my vet would use oil of wintergreen on one of my dogs who had a misdiagnosed and then badly healed break when she was young. She got some relief with that. You might want to ask your vet about it.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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