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It is a big bummer when your dog is in pain.

As a raw feeder, I do a lot of research on dog nutrition and have discovered several natural supplements that help relieve our dogs’ arthritis. This list of supplements can be picked up at a local health food store, online, or through a local raw food co-op; they can be added to both a raw fed and kibble fed dog's diet. 

Ground Green Lipped Mussel



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Acts as a natural anti-inflammatory; 15 mg. per 1 pound of body weight.

Benefits of Green Lipped Mussel for Dogs

  • Relieves joint pain
  • Natural anti-inflammatory
  • Great source of Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes

Ground Turmeric 


Offers natural pain relief; 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight.

Benefits of Turmeric for Dogs

  • Relieves pain
  • Heart health
  • Relieves allergies
  • Helps prevent cataracts
  • Aids digestion
  • Natural detox
  • Great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals

Ground Alfalfa 


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Offers natural pain relief; 1 teaspoon for every 50 pounds of body weight.

Benefits of Alfalfa for Dogs

  • Rich in nutrients 9A, B12, C, D, E, and K)
  • Canine arthritis relief
  • Antioxidant
  • Cancer prevention
  • Kidney health

It’s important to note that ground alfalfa isn’t a good option for anemic dogs, shouldn’t be fed in the “pre-bloom” phase, and dog owners shouldn’t feed the seeds to dogs.

Choosing Natural Supplements for Your Dog

I chose natural supplements over prescriptions, because I was concerned about side effects and long term impact of prescription medication.

Some natural supplements can conflict with others and require study before use. However, it’s astounding the benefit many have on our dogs.

If you would like to try a natural supplement, speak with your vet about which supplements are best for your dogs. Do your homework and only buy quality supplements.

Read more about natural dog supplements on Keep the Tail Wagging.

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