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Fantastic Article About Cruciate Injuries – Written By A REAL DVM: Dr. Will Falconer

We’ve been following Dr. Will Falconer DVM, for over 6 years. His site Vital Animal is a very rare resource for any Pet parent who wishes to learn how to achieve the healthiest and extended life for their Fur child.

This is a MUST read article about cruciate injury causes and treatment.

We call Dr. Will a bona fide: hero. He tells the truth about REAL Veterinary care.

Learn the heath care tips which your allopathic vet may not know, or may not have told you, by subscribing (free) to Dr. Wills newsletter. Dr. Will has deveoped an array of hugely beneficial, free, and also some inexpensive courses, all of which are very relevant REAL health care tips that we feel any Pet parent needs to investigate. His mission is unequivocally: to allow you and your beloved Dog or Cat to share as many years of unrequited love together as possible.

The extraordinary info he has shared with us through the years has saved us several thousands dollars, and a lot of worry, in learning how to truly care for our beloved Dogs.

This Animal Hero has been a Veterinarian for almost 40 years, with 25 years of Homeopathic care. To quote Dr. Will:

I’ve learned that prevention is indeed important, but not done in the usual way promulgated by conventional medicine. You’ll do well to be very, very cautious about what’s offered under that banner in conventional veterinary practices across the globe. It’s a clear case of caveat emptor: Let the buyer beware.

In an increasingly turbulent and treacherous sea of [dangerous] “allopathic” medicine, see how Dr. Will can be your safe haven, a veritable life raft, for you and your Dog. Dr. Will personifies the quintessence of the word: Doctor.

Even if you never get a Posh Brace, you must check this exceptional and iconoclastic DVM out.

Dr. Will, thank you for your decades of unbridled dedication to helping our Animal children live a long and healthy life!

It’s Our 5 year Anniversary Of Helping Dogs Recover With NO Surgery!

5 years this weekend, our Beloved Golden Angel Pasha had a complete rupture of her left hind leg and severely damaged meniscus. Our former vet demanded that 11 year old Pasha get TPLO surgery. She said “dog knee braces are junk.” Then she admitted she had never seen one. Beth discovered Dog knee braces. Jim would have rushed into TPLO surgery, because “the vet said so.” Until Jim went to TiggerPoz.com and read the facts about the CCL racket. Now TiggerPoz recommends the Posh Brace.

After ordering several inferior, but expensive braces, we saw that they did work, quite well. Pasha was able to bear weight on her leg immediately. But we wanted a brace that was better: rust proof parts, ladder straps and micro – buckles (not a lot of cheap velcro), and a more effective design. The other brace companies refused to modify the braces we had purchased (even after we offered another $400 to change each of them). All the custom dog knee brace companies seemed to lack empathy for Pasha. We suspect they have never been through seeing an 11 year old Dog, who was our child, limping in pain. Their customer service was seriously deficient. So we set out to correct these problems. A torn ACL in Dogs is very stressful for the Dog parents also.

We assembled a small team of experts, and in August 2013, Pasha wore the first Posh Brace. We named our new company after one of her nicknames: “Posh.” After nearly 5 months of prototyping, we started helping other Dogs. 

Our first customer for our Dog knee brace was a 14 year old beautiful boy named Cody. He had cancer and was undertaking the hideous chemo (poison). Despite being the poorest candidate for CCL surgery, his vet went ahead and operated on Cody. The surgery failed. Cody had a 4 inch long inflamed, oozing incision on his knee, and could barely stand. We made a posh brace Cody on 12/17/13. It had to be built so as not to impinge on his painful incision. On 12/23/13, codys’ father, Brett, sent us this email:


Just got back from a 45 min walk for first time in three months! He had a blast and was smiling and marking every mailbox post ( even stood on his braced leg ) like it was nothing! Brace was great and will talk with you later this week!

Merry christmas

Brett & Pam…Cody too!”

That set us on fire! For 2 reasons: 1. that we helped this old, infirm beautiful Dog and he could walk again with his Mom and Dad. 2. The sheer amoral avarice shown by some “vets” had to be disrupted.

Since then, we have continually added better designs. This is our 4th edition of the Posh Brace. 3 years ago, we eliminated the archaic casting requirement nightmare (using proprietary software to make a mold of your Dogs’ leg from measurements, pics and other data), and, the “concrete,” inflexible shells and created a flexible Posh Brace. As Beth, our Co-Founder says: “who has hard plastic shoes??” In 2016 we hired our first phenomenal Vet Tech, Nikki. In 2017 – 2018 we hired other great Vet Techs, including Jami.

Because of our thousands of loyal customers, now we help more Dogs recover from CCL injuries, with NO surgery, around the world, than any other custom Dog knee brace company. Thank you for letting us help your beautiful Dog!

Give your beautiful Dog a BIG hug for us!

Must Read Truthful Article About “Vaccines.”


The Truth About Pet Cancer…

This is a series of must watch videos about the TRUTH about Pet cancer. Spread the word!

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From Ty Bollinger, the man (Hero) who is helping spread the truth about the $200 BILLION [with a “B”] EVERY YEAR, cancer business with his groundbreaking expose series at TheTruthAboutCancer.com.

“Did you know…

  • In the 1970’s Golden Retrievers on average would live to be 17 years old. NOW – they only live 9 years.
  • Just 50 years ago only 1 in 100 dogs got cancer. NOW, it’s 1 in 1.65 dogs that will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s 61% of all dogs.
  • Cancer is the leading cause of death among cats

Also, learn about the many REAL treatments for cancer at CancerTutor.com 

Check out Dr. Will Falconer at VitalAnimal.com for ALL real healthy care of your beloved Dog or furry family member.

Also visit this site: https://www.healyourlife.com/8-alternative-cancer-treatments-that-work-for-pets

Learn the truth about chemo and radiation poisoning [“therapy”] and how they are NOT very effective.

Cancer caused by a microchip killed our Beloved Angel Pasha. [blog on this page]

Posh Dog Knee Brace Replaces Rummys’ Stolen Brace – For Free

Doggone thief snatches injured canine’s custom brace from doorstep

Here’s a story about one of our customers, a beautiful 9 year old rescue named Rummy, who had his Posh Brace stolen from him. Well, when we say we are obsessed with helping Dogs, we mean it. So a thief would not get away with inhibiting Rummys’ recovering, we sent out a free $895 custom Posh Brace replacement in 3 days, after the thief got away with Rummys’ 1st custom Posh Dog Knee Brace.

If you like what we do to help Dogs every day, please SHARE this story with everyone and LIKE our FACEBOOK page, and tell all your pals with Dogs, that our custom Posh Brace helps Dogs avoid an expensive and risky knee ligament CCL/ACL surgery! Sure we lost money on this, BUT we are helping Rummy recover like our baby Pasha did 3 years ago. So we figure – we won.

Please help us to spread the word: most vets won’t do anything but make lots of $$$$ from surgery and do not mention Dog knee braces for Dog knee injuries, and our stifle brace works!


Giving your Dog Rimadyl or other NSAIDS [anti-inflammatory]?

Our former vet offered us rimadyl to help with our Beloved golden Pashas’ CCL injury in 2013. Since we had researched the considerable dangers of rimadyl, previcox, metacam, carprofen and other NSAIDS like, we rejected it. This former vet never told us anything about how harmful, even fatal, Rimadyl can be for Dogs.

Unfortunately, the people in the story below, lost their precious Golden, Sophie, in 2009. Their vet did not mention the severe dangers of Rimadyl to these Dog parents. Their story, in part, is what helped saved Pasha from the significant risks of NSAID type anti – inflammatories.

You can read more info about NSAIDS and safe, effective, and homeopathic remedies at another blog here, called “Must read article about NSAIDS.”

Here is Sophies’ Story:


How To Make a Support Sling For Your Dog – DIY

You may need a support sling with helping a Dog with a dog knee injury up and down stairs etc. We make a great Dog knee brace, but not slings. We did find this great idea for making a sling for your Dog – for about $3.00 and in 5 minutes:

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We Lost Our Beloved Golden Angel Child Pasha December 23

We lost our Beloved Angel, Pasha On December 23, 2015 at 12:20 AM. In the deepest cores of our hearts and minds, she was the most beautiful, loving, perfect being we have ever known. This is just beyond agonizing… Posh Angel was our only Child.

Between March and June 2015, [less than 90 days] Pasha developed a massive, cantaloupe sized fibrosarcoma at the site where she was “microchipped” years ago.

During this time of immeasurable grief and loss, Pasha wants us to continue to help other Dogs who are suffering from a a painful ligament injury, as she once had, and from which she recovered with our Dog leg brace.

Just as it was 24/7/365 in this life, Pasha will live in our hearts until we join her…
Here is the “microchip” that killed our Beloved Angel Pasha – look at the tiny white object circled in red on the bottom right of the massive cancerous lump. We lost Pasha, but NOT from ever becoming “lost,” but by cancer caused 100% by this killer “microchip.” Is there a “microchip” in YOUR Dog?

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Our Journey With A Dog Knee Brace Instead Of CCL Surgery

Many Customers have told us to share our story about how Posh Dog Knee Brace become a company. So here goes…

We make Dog knee braces, because we know they work, and some 60% of Dogs are not viable candidates for surgery, including geriatric Dogs, Dogs with other compelling medical issues, and Dog parents who simply do not have the average $3,000 + a cranial cruciate ligament surgery and post-op work is sold for.

Two and one half years ago, we saw how our own Pasha had a complete rupture of the cranial cruciate ligament in her left hind leg, as well as a severely damaged medial meniscus combined with crepitis [clicking/cracking] when she bent her leg.

Of course our former vet instantly stated that we HAVE to get the “state of the art” TPLO surgery from the top canine orthopedic surgical center in the southeast. This former vet insisted that if we did not get the surgery right away, Pashas other leg would “blow out” in less than 6 months, she would positively develop severe arthritis, and become lame, and the we would have to “put her down,” i.e. kill our beloved daughter. This form of emotional extortion was the wrong thing to say to us.

At that moment, we “put down” our relationship with this surgery-pushing vet. That weekend of Memorial Day 2013, we lived, 24-7, online collecting data about the various types of CCL surgeries, canine knee braces, and a lot more.

We learned of how this surgery is so lucrative, and so problematic, how certain esteemed vet publications questioned the outrageous number of CCL surgeries each year, how a Dog is FIVE time more likely to have a surgery on an injured knee than a person, and much, much more. 

We read credible stories of other dogs with severe injuries, who recovered with a dog back leg brace, conservative management and supplements. We learned enough to then say; “no way” our beloved Golden Girl was going to have surgery, any of the seven types of Dog knee surgery, including the much heralded and over-promoted TPLO surgery, which, according to many vets, is not even 1% better or more effective than the surgeries costing half as much.

Most of what we found has been posted to our “Surgery Facts” tab. We are the only dog knee brace company who tells people the facts and serious risks about the dog knee surgery, as documented and shared by honest veterinarians.

Within 4 -5 weeks after she wore her 1st dog brace, which the vet insisted will NOT work [“GOTTA get the surgery!!”], the dreadful clicking/cracking of Pashas’ injured leg stopped and the crepitis has not re-occurred. Pasha was able to bear weight on her leg, with minimal pain. Her depression over her injured leg lifted. Yes, Dogs get depressed! Instead of a risky and huge setback of surgery, she began to heal – right away. Her leg developed the same scar tissue in her knee [stifle] as would have happened with the surgeries.

The companies who sold us the braces for an average of $900 + dollars had serious design flaws and used well, cheap, parts and velcro straps. We asked these companies to use high quality dog knee brace parts like chicago screws instead of pig metal screws, and ladder straps and micro buckles. They seemed offended that were telling them, with their years of experience, how to design a knee brace for our Dog, when we had no experience. Bottom line, they kind of told us to get lost. So we decided to make a brace that would exceed any dog knee brace on the market.

Posh Dog Knee Brace was born the day the companies refused to put actual quality into their CCL brace, and actually cared about the our Dog, their Customer.
Pasha wore our first dog brace, and it outperformed any canine stifle brace out there. From there we invested sizable sums of money to start our company.

Although we likely could have removed the brace by January 2014, we left it on her ONLY for her daily 2 – 3 hour play sessions at the beach. As of May 2014, our baby Pasha has not worn a Dog knee brace. Her severely injured leg has healed completely, along with a regimen of supplements and conservative management.

I tell people that if you go to a car Dealership and ask if you should buy one of their cars, the salesperson will say: “YES – TODAY!!”

If you go to a canine orthopedic surgeon, rest assured 95% of the same breed of salesperson wearing a white lab coat, will say you should “GET THE SURGERY  – right away.” If your veterinarian is like the former vet we went to, the vet may say, “the other knee will blow out and arthritis will happen and then you may have to kill your lame dog!”

Believe it or not, 3 weeks ago a Customer told me their vet said: “if you don’t get the surgery – we can go ahead and amputate the entire leg.” Astounding. This “veterinarian” obviously did not see a Dog with an injured leg; this vet saw a house and car payment limping into his office. There are some 80,000 veterinarians in the USA, and certainly not all of them are see “profit before the patient,” but plenty see only that. Look around.

Remember – 2 1/2 years ago, we were resoundingly told, by a person in a white coat whom we implicitly trusted, if we did NOT get the $5,000 ++ surgery immediately, Pashas other leg would fail in 6 months and she would have severe arthritis? [Rather despicable selling tactics].

Tick tock, tick tock…  None of that happened. 2 1/2 years later, her right leg is just fine and she had no arthritis.

It seems quite  logical that if a Dog DOES have the surgery, the uninjured leg has an extremely high chance of failing, due to increased load and stress during the 60-90 day horrible post op recovery [barring the high complication rate conceded by the veterinarian industry itself – see our “Surgery?” tab].

Before you trust the salesperson in the white coat, please put your Dog first, and consider the option of knee braces for Dogs, like the Dog knee brace we make just for Dogs with CCL injuries. That is all we make, and the Posh Dog Knee Brace is years ahead of all the others. We are the only company who makes a custom, high end dog knee brace, WITHOUT you or your vet having to make a cast.

See our real testimonials from real Customers page for some pictures of our current brace, working beautifully helping Dogs recover with no surgery and no casting required!

Give your Dog a BIG hug for us!!

Jim and Beth Morrison

Think Twice Before Using NSAIDS – A Must Read Article!

As many as 60,000 Dogs have reportedly been killed by taking NSAIDS. Yet many other Dogs have no complications from NSAIDS. We experienced serious complications giving Previcox [an NSAID] to our Golden Pasha 18 months ago. Had we not become aware right away that she had stopped eating and drinking after taking the drug, thus suspending the administration of the drug immediately, Pasha may not still be here today. Our former vet never mentioned the dangers of giving NSAIDS to our Dog, and even argued with us about the risks of Rimadyl, of which we were aware. This vet assured us that Previcox was SAFE (I add: “as long as you don’t take it out of the bottle”). At Posh Dog Knee Brace, we want to presont the risks that exist in Dogs taking NSAIDS.

NSAIDS are commonly prescribed for Dogs suffering from CCL injuries. At Posh Dog Knee Brace, we make high quality Dog knee braces for Dogs with knee injuries, but we also feel compelled to provide information that will protect Dog from other harms.

As a public service, we are re-publishing this excellent and informative article from this site: Dogs Naturally Magazine This is a site and publication we strongly advise Dog parents to read regularly.


You’re almost certainly familiar with the names of Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) like Rimadyl, Metacam, Deramaxx and Previcox. These drugs are frequently prescribed by veterinarians to manage inflammation and pain, not only for long term disease like arthritis, but also for injuries and other acute conditions. At some point during your dog’s life, your vet may recommend NSAIDs. But the vet may not tell you about the risks associated with these drugs – information you need to make an educated decision about your dog’s care.

How NSAIDs work NSAIDs work by inhibiting the production of prostaglandins.1

Prostaglandins are made from fatty acids in every cell of the body. There are many different types of prostaglandins in the body and their main job is to mediate inflammation. When tissue damage occurs, an enzyme system converts arachidonic acid to prostaglandins. This conversion is called cyclooxygenase and there are two types: cox 1 and cox 2.2 NSAIDs are designed to inhibit cox 1, cox 2 or both.

Cox 1 functions of prostaglandins are to:

  • promote blood vessel constriction and platelet clotting when needed
  • inhibit stomach acid production and promote gastrointestinal mucus secretion to protect the gut lining
  • increase blood flow to the kidneys

Cox 2 functions include:

  • activating an inflammatory response with pain and fever
  • inhibiting blood vessel constriction and platelet clotting when clotting is not needed

Manufacturers try to produce NSAIDs that inhibit cox 2 more than cox 1. Carprofen (the active ingredient in Rimadyl) has been shown to do this in vitro (i.e., not in a live animal). 1 Aspirin inhibits both. This is why aspirin is said to thin the blood and can cause stomach ulcers.

This might be okay if you’re trying to prevent blood clots and stroke. This isn’t so good if your dog is taking aspirin for arthritis and then goes to the vet for a dental extraction, during which the bleeding can’t be stopped.

What the experts say Dr Colin Burrows, an internal medicine specialist at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, states: “Aspirin and other NSAIDs frequently cause gastritis or peptic ulcers and should be avoided unless absolutely necessary. NSAIDs designated for human use, such as ibuprofen…, should never be used in dogs or cats. These drugs cause severe, frequently fatal gastric and intestinal ulceration.” 

The manufacturers of Metacam explain, “As a class, cyclooxygenase inhibitory NSAIDs may be associated with gastrointestinal (gut), renal (kidney), hepatic (liver) toxicity…Dogs that have experienced adverse reactions from one NSAID may experience adverse reactions from another NSAID. Serious adverse reactions associated with this drug class can occur without warning and in rare situations result in death.” 

Kidney specialist Dr Gregory F Grauer warns that “dogs of advanced age, those with subclinical kidney disease, or on concurrent medications such as furosemide”(a diuretic) are at an increased risk for kidney damage when an NSAID is added to their treatment protocol.

Idiosyncratic reactions (meaning the cause is unknown) can occur with any NSAID use. Some dogs may be more prone to reaction due to genetic predisposition.

The reported incidence of liver disease from carprofen use is only 0.05 percent of dogs treated. Interestingly, carprofen is primarily metabolized in the liver. But not all reactions are reported, so that number might be understated.

Regardless of the percentages, a reaction doesn’t feel so rare when it affects your pet! I’ve seen a distraught pet owner who learns her dog has irreversible dry eye due to a course of the NSAID etodolac (Etogesic) and the anger of another whose pet suffers from kidney disease caused by deracoxib (Deramaxx).

And even worse, in most cases, dog owners are not forewarned of these dire side effects.

What to watch for If your dog is taking NSAIDs, you should monitor your dog for vomiting, blood in the vomit, black stool, blood in the stool, loss of appetite, grinding of the teeth, lethargy and, if blood work is performed, anemia or low protein in the blood due to blood loss through the gastrointestinal tract.

Benefits versus risks Dr Wesley Roach and Dr Spencer Johnson from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Georgia concur that NSAIDs should be used for the management of osteoarthritis. In addition they recommend chondroprotective agents such as injectable polysulfated glycosaminoglycans, oral glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate, hyaluron, opioids-such as butorphanol or Tramadol, and even acupuncture. They emphasize nutrition and low impact exercise (such as swimming) for weight control. Disease will progress despite these therapies, they say.

The reason all these therapies are still recommended for maintenance, even with NSAID use, is because NSAIDs are not effective in improving joint health and, not surprisingly, they even damage joint health.

Two placebo-controlled masked studies on Metacam using 277 dogs demonstrated statistically significant improvement in all measured parameters in the first study and only in two parameters in the second study. All parameters were based on subjective evaluation of improvement only.

Making arthritis worse? According to Dr Ross Hauser, “one of the most serious adverse reactions to NSAIDs, that is little appreciated, is that as a class of compounds they cause the breakdown of articular cartilage, thereby accelerating osteoarthritis, the very disease for which they are most commonly prescribed! The pathogenesis of osteoarthritis is accelerated by NSAIDs.” 

Even the authors of the esteemed Small Animal Surgery textbook assert, “Most NSAIDs interfere with chondrocyte (cartilage cells) glycosaminoglycan synthesis and therefore should be used continuously only for a short time.” They suggest chondroprotective food additives, which may decrease joint inflammation. The same authors suggest gastroprotective medications alongside NSAIDs.

It’s hard not to conclude that the risks outweigh the benefits of NSAIDs, especially when there are natural options that can be just as effective.

The body’s ability to heal Sometimes we forget how good the body is at doing what it’s meant to do. The best approach to medicine is often not to interfere with the body’s natural processes. The concept of hormesis embraces this fact and teaches us that a little stress is something that helps the body to repair and strengthen. Dog licking paws and lick granuloma solutions at http://www.doglickingpaws.com.

Inflammation is a natural, protective, physiologic mechanism that’s necessary to stimulate the body’s healing processes. Inflammation is aptly derived from the Latin word meaning fire. Anyone who has experienced significant inflammation understands how the redness, swelling and pain of the inflammatory process feels like the burn of a flame on the skin.

It’s the acute (short lived) pain of inflammation that forces us to stop the insult to the tissue, which then allows the healing process to begin. If you touch a hot stove, the burn will only begin to heal once you remove your hand from the stove. If you touched the stove and didn’t feel any pain, your hand would suffer considerable burning and damage. But the sensation of pain is a deeply ingrained trigger within the body to quickly protect it from harm.

The longer term pain of chronic inflammation is more difficult to manage than just removing your hand from the hot stove. Inflammation becomes chronic because the cause of the body’s inflammatory response is persistently present. For example, a sliver or an intestinal foreign body will stimulate inflammatory cells to attempt to expel the invader until it’s removed.

So pain and inflammation would seem like a good thing for the body. Yet conventional medicine says we should suppress inflammation – I guess, because it hurts. Fortunately, there are other options.

Alternatives to NSAIDs

There are several natural treatment alternatives that have been shown to relieve discomfort in dogs without the deleterious side effects of NSAIDs.

Zeel* A small double blinded study of dogs with moderate to severe osteoarthritis showed that dogs receiving the homeopathic blend Zeel® (made by Heel) for eight weeks had significantly less pain than their placebo peers, although carprofen was more effective. Homeopathy as a treatment is often seen as elusive and controversial, but considerably safer than an NSAID. This study warrants respect and further investigation.

In addition, two homeopathic remedies were found to inhibit leucocyte elastase activity in an in vitro study. Leucocyte elastase is an enzyme that’s released during an inflammatory response and damages articular cartilage. Arnica montana inhibited this enzyme activity by up to 70 percent. Similarly, Rhus toxicodendron inhibited the leucocyte elastase up to 77 percent. Less cartilage damage means less pain for your dog. Both of these remedies are contained in the Zeel complex.

These findings help scientists understand and accept the validity of homeopathic medicines. The more mainstream our natural treatments become, the more our animals will benefit.

Traumeel* From the same parent company Heel, comes Traumeel®. Made popular among humans who find it to be effective, many holistic veterinary practitioners and rehab specialists use this blend for dogs and cats. Zeel is most often recommended for osteoarthritic conditions while Traumeel is for soft tissue injuries. Each comes in tablet or injectable form.

*Note: Heel has exited the US and Canadian markets and Heel Inc. has been sold to MediNatura Inc. Effective January 1st, 2015, Zeel and Traumeel will be replaced by MediNatura products T-Relief Arthritis and T-Relief, respectively. These products will be available in the same dosage forms and sizes as Traumeel and Zeel.

Corydalis This Chinese herb is a natural anti-inflammatory can replace or avoid many NSAID prescriptions. It’s especially interesting to note that corydalis is an analgesic that actually protects the GI tract. In a large sample of patients with stomach and intestinal ulcers or chronic inflammation of the stomach lining, corydalis improved healing and symptoms in 76percent of the patients. A constituent of the herb called THP (tetrahydropalmatine) reduced nerve pain in 78percent of human patients tested in a 1990 study. Sedation and anticonvulsant effects are other indications for this herb. The species used is Corydalis yanhusuo, a native to the northern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

California Poppy When mild sedation is desirable in addition to pain management, California poppy comes to the rescue! Clients who prefer to avoid NSAIDs for post-operative pain have been happy with their pet’s pain management when California poppy is prescribed. It contains small amounts of morphine and has analgesic effects that have been demonstrated in studies.

Boswellia is also an effective anti-inflammatory and is often used by migraine sufferers to manage their pain. Pet owners report their animals need less or no NSAIDs when they use Standard Process Boswellia Complex twice daily for their large breed dogs with osteoarthritis.

In a clinical trial with Boswellia serrata (BSB108, product of Bogar AG) 71percent of dogs with degenerative conditions showed improvement. A potential mechanism for this efficacy is due to the presence of boswellic acids in the herb, which have been shown to reduce inflammatory cell infiltrates.

Quality and therefore efficacy can vary substantially among herbs and other natural supplements. This is why I recommend Standard Process Boswellia.

Arnica My experience with Arnica is with the herbal liniment from Buck Mountain Botanicals. This provided amazing relief for a Labrador Retriever with severe neurologic pain. When NSAIDs, Tramadol, and gabapentin did nothing, this old fashioned topical massaged on to the affected area brought immediate and long lasting relief. While homeopathic preparations of Arnica are extremely safe, Arnica the herb when taken orally is extremely toxic, so licking must be prevented! Some active constituents in Arnica are the sesquiterpene lactones. Sesquiterpenes are a chemical class of constituents present in many herbals and essential oils.

Copaiba/Wintergreen/Peppermint Don’t underestimate the hot/cold relief you can give your dog with the essential oils, copaiba, wintergreen and peppermint. Massage these oils onto the affected area but save one drop of peppermint for last; peppermint is a potent oil that drives the others in deeper.

Copaiba is extremely high in beta-caryophyllene, a potent anti-inflammatory. Copaiba is a resin tapped directly from a Brazilian tree and not distilled. It is generally regarded as safe and may be taken orally or topically for arthritis. Wintergreen contains methyl salicylate, which is anti-inflammatory and analgesic when used for conditions such as arthritis, muscle and nerve pain.10

I use all three of these oils topically for almost all of my canine patients who have spondylosis, disc disease or osteoarthritis.

You may recognize salicylate or salicylic acid as the chemical constituent in aspirin. The chemical balance present in herbs and most essential oils is what helps prevent the side effects that commonly occur in the drug counterpart.

Natural products in the form that nature intended are usually the safest and most effective approach to controlling chronic inflammatory disorders, just as they have been historically. In fact, most medical discoveries began with a study of historical uses of plants as traditional remedies.

The plants begin to get more dangerous when their chemicals are isolated. Noted herbalist Greg Tilford once told me, “Don’t ever forget, the whole herb is always greater than the sum of its parts.” Surely this is especially true when we’re discussing safety. Natural remedies tend to facilitate the body’s innate ability to change or balance itself, while drugs tend to force the body into change.

Many natural approaches can be used simultaneously. They can also be used in conjunction with laser therapy, massage or acupuncture. Most work synergistically while some would be best alternated, especially the energy medicines.

All these natural options to pain and inflammation merit further investigation. Both double blind studies and massive amounts of anecdotal evidence are making a case for natural solutions. Pet owners have the right to be informed and to make educated decisions regarding how to best manage their best friend’s care.


  1. Plumb’s Veterinary Drug Handbook Plumb 2008
  2. Virtual Chembook Elmhurst College Ophardt 2003
  3. Clinical Medicine of the Dog and Cat Iowa State Press Schaer 2003
  4. Metacam insert, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.7/2010
  5. Clinical Veterinary Advisor Second Edition Cote 2011
  6. Journal of Prolotherapy Volume 2 Issue 1 February 2010
  7. Small Animal Surgery Mosby Fossum 1997 p.945
  8. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2009 December (6) 4, 465-471
  9. Veterinary Herbal Medicine Wynn and Fougere 2007
  10. Essential Oils Desk Reference Fourth Edition 2009

Posted for anyone who is investigating using a dog knee brace, or dog stifle brace, as an alternative to TPLO, TTA or other CCL knee surgeries for Dogs.

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