Dog owners are always looking for ways to improve their pet's health and happiness. Now more than ever, people are turning towards natural remedies to cure common canine ailments. Arthritis is an inevitability with many dogs and using a natural product without harsh side effects, like sea cucumbers, can sound very appealing.
The health benefits of sea cucumbers...
Sea cucumbers are in the starfish family and are shaped like cucumbers; hence the name. They have been found to be an excellent source of chondroitin, act as an anti-inflammatory, and have historically been used to treat joint pain and arthritis. Therefore, it's not a surprise that we're starting to see sea cucumbers as an ingredient in dog treats and supplements for dogs.
Sea cucumbers support heart and brain health (similar to salmon oil), and treat conditions such as…
- Cancer (it’s believed to be able to inhibit the growth of cancer cell; this is still being researched)
- High cholesterol
- Muscle and ligament pain and tears
- Tissue damage
Why sea cucumbers may help your dog...
As dogs age, their body's ability to naturally produce glucosamine decreases, and canine arthritis becomes more of a risk. The pain and inflammation of arthritis can be managed with prescription, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. These prescription medications often come with side effects and can negatively impact our dogs’ liver health if used for a prolonged period.
Sea cucumbers and other natural alternatives are more appealing when they have shown to be effective in relieving joint pain and reducing inflammation without the long term side effects of prescription medication. Also, sea cucumber supplements are more affordable than prescription medications.
Dogs and sea cucumbers...
Dog owners can find a sea cucumber supplement in a purified powder form at local vitamin and supplement stores. Mix the contents of one capsule into your pet’s wet or raw food. If you feed a kibble diet, simple mix in a quality canned food with the kibble and add the sea cucumber powder.
Sea cucumbers are also found as an ingredient in many pet foods and treats.
To learn more about supplements for dogs, visit Keep the Tail Wagging.