Treating arthritis in pets with homeopathy
Updated: Nov 5, 2020
This article mainly focuses on the rheumatic arthritis that mostly affects the toy breeds of dog. But, the homeopathic remedies described in this article can be used for any type of arthritis and its related symptoms of any reason like strenuous exercise, osteoarthritis, gout, etc. Dr. Jeeta from Odisha wrote this article using colloquial language to make it simple for our readers to understand.
Arthritis is an inflammation of joints and which causes pain, discomfort, and stiffness of the joints in many dogs which seem to be lively and healthy. There are different types of arthritis of which rheumatoid arthritis is one, which is an autoimmune disorder.
WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?
It is an autoimmune disorder in which the body mistakes its proteins as foreign. This sends a false alarm to the immune system, which starts producing antibodies against its proteins. These antibodies are called the Rheumatoid factor. The antibodies and proteins form immune complexes that get deposited in the joints and trigger inflammatory reactions. These inflammatory reactions if not treated timely, spread to the surrounding tissues of joints affecting the structural and functional integrity of cartilages, bones, and synovial fluid.
WHICH BREEDS OF DOG ARE MOST AFFECTED?
The disease is common in toy/small breeds of dog of an age group of five & six years. Breeds like pug, Pomeranian, Poodle, Shetland sheep dog etc. are highly susceptible. The idiopathic immune-mediated disease can occur in all the dogs but most common in small–breeds.
The symptoms of the disease include lameness, fever, stiffness, swelling and painful joints, tonsillitis, enlarged lymph nodes, pneumonia, etc. The severity of the lameness varies from the normal shifting of the gait to the point where the animal cannot walk at all. Fever is associated with inflammatory reactions. Stiffness, swelling of joints, progressive disuse of joints can cause muscle atrophy. Palpably enlarged lymph nodes near the affected joints. Tonsillitis, pneumonia, kidney diseases, muscle wasting diseases are the other diseases that affect animals suffering from arthritis for a long time.
The diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis is relatively difficult because it can be confused with other diseases of similar symptoms. Lameness, the prominent sign, can be due to other reasons like osteoarthritis, fracture, nerve injury, calcium imbalance, and many other reasons. Therefore, differential diagnosis by a qualified veterinarian is very important. Radiology along with a biopsy of the inflamed joints are the techniques used for effective diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Blood tests can be done to find the rheumatoid factor. But it must be kept in mind that the mere presence of rheumatoid factor doesn't confirm rheumatoid arthritis. Synovial fluid can be analyzed for change in pH, color, and consistency and observed for the presence of cells of inflammation.
Management: Modifying the dog’s daily routine is the first step to decrease the effects of Rheumatoid arthritis. Increasing the resting period, practicing simple exercises, controlling weight, feeding a balanced diet are the basic changes to be kept in mind while adopting any therapy. If a pet is overweight, pressure on the joints is inevitable thereby slowing the healing process. Regular practice of simple exercises strengthens muscle and blood supply to the affected area thereby accelerating the process of healing.
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Homeopathic remedies that can be used to treat arthritic symptoms in pets:
APIS MEL 6X
This a best-indicated remedy for any swelling or pain in the joints, puffing up of various parts, edema, serous inflammation with effusion, inflammation of brain membranes, heart, and pleuritic effusion.
KALI IOD 30X
It acts prominently on the glandular swellings, inflammations of fibrous or connective tissues thus treating infiltration and edema. Enlarged or indurated glands, severe body pains including bones, contraction of joints, thickened periosteum of long bones especially tibia, chronic arthritis, rheumatic pain at night in cold weather mainly knee joints with effusion, pain in the backbones especially coccygeal and in the hip region and forced limping can be recovered using this drug. Sciatica, difficulty in lying, sitting or standing on the affected side, difficulty in flexing and walking, difficulty in flexing or extending lower limbs while sitting or lying down are the symptoms that are better improved by this medicine.
It is the best remedy for treating painful and stiff Knees, swelling of feet that are hot to touch, joints that are red, swollen, and inflamed. Joints that are painful and sensitive and which get worst even on least movement, joint sprains, injuries, pain due to fractured bones, reddened or swollen joints, swelling in the elbow bones, and other joints can be recovered with this medicine. Stiffness in the limbs can be reversed with a definite improvement in the pain and swelling of the joints.
LEDUM PAL 6X
Pain all through the foot and limb which could be due to gout, in joints mainly small joints, swollen, and hot to touch can be recovered. Pain and pressure intolerance in the shoulder mainly the right one, cracking sounds in the joints that get worst with the warmth, gouty nodosities in the joints, swollen toes, rheumatism that begins in the lower limbs and ascends, swollen blotchy ecchymotic legs, and feet, easily sprained or swollen ankles, unable to move a step due to painful soles are the symptoms that can be improved by this medicine.
MERC. SOL. 6X
Symptoms like redness, swellings, edema with exudations, swollen muscles, weak and weary limbs, pain in the limbs or bones, involuntary jerking, trembling and convulsions of the limbs mainly forelimbs are better recovered. Lacerating pain in the joints and unbearable elliciting pain in the limbs can be improved.
CALCAREA CARB 30X
Sweating in the foot, weakness of the extremities, swelling of the joints especially the knees, burning of soles, sprains, tearing in the muscles, creeping limbs like a mouse, burning soles, cold and damp feet are the symptoms that can be cured using this homeopathic medicine.
The best alternative to expensive conventional medicine could be non-expensive, non-contraindicatory, side effect free, easily available, consumer-friendly and authenticated alternative line of treatment. Homeopathy is one such best therapy that can be a true replacement for regular line of treatment which has unsatisfactory results among field veterinarians, farmers, and pet owners. Hence, when there is a chance to try and believe ourselves with the results as outcome, why not we? So, let's start knowing more about Homeopathy.
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Dr. Jeeta Dash
BVSc. & AH, OUAT
Dr. Hemalatha Talluri
Dr. Amit Kumar Tripathy