Our pet’s experience pain for many of the same reasons we do- commonly it can
be from aggravated arthritis.
Here are some remedies that you can try:
Using cold and heat as a compress; the type of compress depends upon the
injury. For a sudden injury accompanied by inflammation, ice is helpful. Apply
a block of frozen ice wrapped in a towel for 15 minutes 2-3 times daily for 2
days. Some clients finding using frozen ice in a popsicle stick works well, or
the synthetic bags for people. When the injury is more long-term, then applying
heat is more appropriate. Wrap a hot water bottle in a towel and apply it 2-3
times a day for 15 minutes to the affected area.
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers that makes them hot.
Capsaicin is used in medicated creams and lotions to relieve muscle or joint
pain. Capsaicin used on the body causes a sensation of heat that activates
certain nerve cells. With regular use of capsaicin, this heating effect reduces
the amount of substance P, a chemical that acts as a pain messenger in the
body. It can be used topically for local painful joints for both dogs and cats.
Ginger extract may help with joint and muscle pain because it contains
phytochemicals, which help stop inflammation. Few side effects have been linked
to ginger when taken in small doses. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling
water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.
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