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Essential Oils for Dog Arthritis: Can They Relieve Pain?


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Arthritis is an abnormality in the joints. This abnormality can be caused from an infection, from physical stress or trauma or from aging.

Although essential oils can’t stop dog arthritis, they may help alleviate symptoms, such as inflammation or pain.

Symptoms of Dog Arthritis

What are the symptoms your dog may have if he has arthritis?

  • Increased weight gain
  • Limping
  • Wimping from pain
  • Sleeping more
  • Loss of interest in playing, walking, etc.

What to Do

If you believe your dog may be suffering from arthritis or joint pain, you should make an appointment with your vet ASAP. Although natural remedies may help your dog, arthritis is a serious condition that will likely require more standard medical attention.

Your vet will probably do some X-rays to confirm it’s arthritis. Upon diagnosis, your vet will recommend treatment. This could vary from doggy lifestyle changes (such as diet, nail clipping, exercise, etc.) to medication for pain control and inflammation.


Essential Oils for Dog Arthritis

  • Yarrow- May be used as an anti-inflammatory for arthritis or muscle sprains
  • Cedarwood– May help alleviate stiffness caused by arthritis
  • Peppermint- May help treat arthritis and is an antispasmodic
  • Thyme- May help with pain relief and with treating rheumatism


How to Use Essential Oils for Dog Arthritis

Before using any essential oil for your canine, you should read our safety tips here. You need to know the proper information before buying and using oils. Remember, just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s foolproof and 100% safe.


If your vet has said you can try using essential oils, you may try combining an essential oil with a carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil. Adding just a few drops to the carrier oil and spreading it over the affected area may help. If your dog will lick the area, you may consider using an e-collar after you apply it.

After using the mixture, watch your dog to see if their symptoms change. If their symptoms get worse, discontinue use and contact your vet about next steps. Remember that essential oils cannot completely cure arthritis, so you should be in regular contact with your vet anyway.



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