arthritis diet for dogs

Arthritis and your dog’s health

We’ve all experienced time passing us by, especially if you have kids. In the blink of an eye, time moves quicker than an Indy car racing down the track. Well, time advances way too fast thinking about Keira, my senior fluffy girl. She has arthritis which is pretty typical for a dog her age and needs an arthritis diet for dogs. I follow all the standard protocols, including glucosamine, fish oil, and daily exercise. But, I want to do more. I want her to be comfortable and safe. I’m sharing the top natural arthritis treatments that are effective to use with an arthritic dog.

Keira has arthritis which became evident the day she couldn’t jump into the car. The flying leap, white teeth shining white, smiling wide soon changed to head down and defeat. Boy does Keira love her car rides every morning, but the frustration of having to be lifted into the car was evident by her posture.

Now,  Keira is a pro at acupuncture and massage therapy, but she’s had her fill of pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs.  But, as much as I respect and adore our Vet, I want to do more. I want her to be comfortable and safe, so I set out for finding an arthritis diet for dogs.

What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a joint disease that can be mild or debilitating, and as a pet owner, you might not even notice the slow changes occurring to your pet. Most arthritis occurs during the second half of your dog’s life, caused by inflammation, and can be very painful. The most common signs of arthritis are stiffness, limping, restlessness, difficulty with stairs, problems getting into the car or even standing up. Can an arthritis diet for dogs help?

Causes of Arthritis

Unfortunately, many diseases can affect the joints of dogs. In fact, there are ten separate classifications briefly described below.

  1. Inflammatory joint disease, e.g., Lyme disease, rheumatoid arthritis
  2. Degenerative spinal joint disease
  3. Cancer
  4. Metabolic disorders, e.g., von Willebrand’s disease (hemophilia) in dogs
  5. Obesity and dietary problems
  6. Congenital disorders
  7. Developmental disorders, e.g. hip dysplasia
  8. Bone fractures involving the joints
  9. Ligament, tendon or muscle disease, e.g., ACL tear
  10. Degenerative joint disease, e.g., osteoarthritis

Arthritis Diet For Dogs

I poured into research to understand if there was anything more I could do to impact Keira and her health. I found little information about diet changes, although I did locate products to cleanse your dog’s liver and follow a strict detox regimen. Keira has a food crush; I can’t take that away from her! So that path was not an option for me.

Interestingly, I found arthritis starts in the gut which may surprise you; it sure surprised me. An arthritis diet for dogs needs to be full of anti-inflammatory foods. Knowing this, I wanted natural treatments that are impactful for Keira’s diet and well-being. I wanted ideas that would supplement Keira’s love for food and excitement for life.

Four Top Food Changes: The Arthritis Diet For Dogs

  1. Fruits and Vegetable: loaded with digestive enzymes and anti-inflammatory gifts from nature. Cooked food is enjoyable; raw is incredible. Some of the absolute best fruits include papaya (remove the seeds), which contains papain and pineapple, which includes bromelain. Both helps to reduce arthritis’ inflammation and can be added to their food or as a snack.
  2. Omega-3 Foods help reduces inflammation hands down. The number one food of choice is wild-caught salmon. After that, the best foods to add to your dog’s diet are grass-fed beef, flaxseeds, and chia seeds. You can insert the seeds to your dog’s food or mix into the delicious bone broth.
  3. Bone Broth‘s healing power is remarkable. Honestly, it is packed with a form of collagen that contains the amino acids proline and glycine which help rebuild tissue. Bone broth also contains chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, which are sold as supplements to reduce inflammation, joint pain, and arthritis. Try this recipe if you want to make your bone broth or buy some ready-made.
  4. High-Sulfur Foods contain a form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) that reduced joint inflammation and rebuilt your dog’s tissue. MSM is found to reduce pain and inflammation in joints. Dog-friendly foods that are high in sulfur are asparagus and cabbage. I immediately thought Keira would turn up her snout to cabbage because she hates broccoli but boy was I wrong. She crushes on it!

Three Best Supplements For Arthritis

  1. Fish Oil is number 1 for a reason. The health benefits are numerous, including treating arthritis in dogs. Fish oil comes in pill form or liquid.
  2. Turmeric is a very powerful anti-inflammatory herb and helps with many health problems including cancer, allergies, and detox! Turmeric works within the liver and boosts the liver’s ability to metabolize fat and remove waste from the body. Regular turmeric use could be a powerful addition to the prevention of arthritis from developing in the first place! Be sure and check out the appropriate dosage because you don’t want your furbaby to have too much.
  3. MSM is a form of sulfur that your dog can take as a supplement. MSM has numerous health benefits including arthritis, cancer, diabetes, allergies and neurological diseases. MSM is a natural antioxidant and natural detox.


Arthritis can have a devastating impact on the qualify of your dog’s life. As our dogs age and begin to slow down a bit, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms of arthritis. Now I know that prescription medicines aren’t the only option I have to treat Keira.

The exciting part of this arthritis diet for dogs is that Keira is a foodie and isn’t shy to try new tastes and textures. I’m excited to document her progress as we introduce these foods and supplements, but I can tell you she has a skip to her step already! These simple dietary changes are changing Keira’s life.

I’m excited to document her progress as we introduce these foods and supplements, but I can tell you she has a skip to her step already! These simple dietary changes are changing Keira’s life. Oh, BTW she jumps into the car again with her amazing smile shining bright!








23 Comments on Get The Arthritis Diet For Your Dogs Health

  1. Ava at Savvy Pet Care
    August 1, 2016 at 6:46 PM (2 years ago)

    It’s great to know that the things that are good for treating inflammation in humans also help dogs.

  2. Cathy Armato
    August 1, 2016 at 10:38 AM (2 years ago)

    This is such great information, thank you! I am also surprised that arthritis starts in a dog’s gut, I’ve never heard that. I’m going to try your bone broth recipe, it looks great – I was very surprised to see it had garlic in it but I may, as you mentioned, choose to leave that out when I make it.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  3. Robin
    July 31, 2016 at 10:30 PM (2 years ago)

    It is so hard to watch a pet age! Arthritis is all too common in aging pets and people. I’m glad that there are such pawsome ways to treat it!

  4. Sweet Purrfections
    July 31, 2016 at 10:18 PM (2 years ago)

    Arthritis is difficult for humans, so I know it must be bad for dogs and cats.

  5. Sadie
    July 31, 2016 at 9:12 PM (2 years ago)

    Shared. Mill dogs are prone to HD and Henry is showing signs of arthritis.

  6. FiveSibesMom
    July 31, 2016 at 7:50 PM (2 years ago)

    This is an excellent post! I’m so glad to hear she is jumping back in the car again! You are so right about time just flying by. I actually made that very same comment in my post! This is a topic that is very personal for me on two accounts – I have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis five years ago, and a couple of my Huskies have it as well. Many of the things you mention here I have adapted for myself, as well as my dogs, including both nutritional changes and supplements. May Keira keep feeling spunky! I’m sharing this post on my FiveSibes Facebook page & Twitter and also pinning! Thank you for sharing!

  7. Beth Patterson
    July 31, 2016 at 6:56 PM (2 years ago)

    My husband has rheumatoid arthritis and has a lot of relief eating a special diet. Many of the same things you recommend for dogs with arthritis are good for him as well!

  8. Dash Kitten Crew
    July 31, 2016 at 5:39 PM (2 years ago)

    Lots of great infor for dog owners. It is SO importnt to consider all avenues for pet health as an animal gets older, natural feeding, acupressure and natural remedies can all make a difference.

  9. Carol Bryant
    July 31, 2016 at 2:50 PM (2 years ago)

    As a dog mom to a pooch who has had 2 ACL repairs, this is a very important topic. I am glad you are calling attention to it.

  10. Jeanne Melanson
    July 31, 2016 at 9:27 AM (2 years ago)

    I wish I had been smarter about my dog’s diet some years ago. She truly suffered from it. You article is so informative. I’ll be sharing it. Thanks so much.

  11. The Daily Pip
    July 31, 2016 at 8:15 AM (2 years ago)

    Turmeric seems to be good for so many things! I had no idea dogs could eat asparagus. I eat tons of it at this time year and will give Ruby a little taste to see what she thinks. This is such a helpful post, thanks!

  12. Talent Hounds
    July 31, 2016 at 7:06 AM (2 years ago)

    Kilo is only three but these are good tips to keep him healthy. Love the bone broth and fruit and veggie ideas- perfect for him. I have terrible arthritis and have also been looking at an anti-inflammatory diet including Tumeric and Fish oil.

  13. Valerie
    July 31, 2016 at 2:38 AM (2 years ago)

    GREAT article!! My Labrador Amy has HD (she is only three years old), so it’s important that we start early with supplements. Our vet & I want to hold off on medications for a while. If she is in severe pain, we give her some medication, but for the moment she is doing just fine with her supplements!!

  14. Sally Hummel
    July 30, 2016 at 4:06 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for that interesting information. Rugby is 9 now, and still very frisky and healthy, but he’s still a senior dog….as much as I hate the thought of how that sounds!! I love the idea of being proactive to help him before he has problems!!

  15. Dusty Desert Dogs
    July 30, 2016 at 10:11 AM (2 years ago)

    Great post I have two senior dogs and I am always looking for ways to sooth their joints.

  16. Pawesome Cats
    July 30, 2016 at 6:50 AM (2 years ago)

    Great tips! Are you familiar with the benefits of New Zealand green-lipped mussel too?

  17. The Island Cats
    July 29, 2016 at 5:17 PM (2 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing. I’m beginning to have a little arthritis in my legs and the mom started me on a glucosamine supplement. ~Wally

  18. Golden Daily Scoop
    July 29, 2016 at 4:49 PM (2 years ago)

    I have turmeric every day in my smoothie, had no idea that dog’s can have it! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Ruth Epstein
    July 29, 2016 at 4:31 PM (2 years ago)

    Layla is nearly 10 years old, I cook for her and add salmon into her food on a daily basis. I have heard about the Tumeric – actually saved the article as a lot of my friends swear by it. The MSM have never heard of and am going to do some more research about it as it sounds really interesting.

    Thank goodness as per my last vet visit – a couple of days ago Layla is 100 percent healthy

  20. Tenacious Little Terrier
    July 29, 2016 at 3:48 PM (2 years ago)

    It’s great that her new diet is helping. Mr. N is pretty limber but he had a fractured leg when he was a puppy so I worry.

  21. Tori
    July 29, 2016 at 2:34 PM (2 years ago)

    Great tips! My girls get tumeric and fish oil with dinner every day!

  22. Nichole
    July 29, 2016 at 12:42 PM (2 years ago)

    I’ve been hearing a lot about Tumeric for arthritis and am going to have to give it a try! Thanks for all of the great info!

  23. Rochelle
    July 29, 2016 at 11:09 AM (2 years ago)

    Henry has some joint problems in a leg that he broke before I adopted him and I’m always worried he’s going to get arthritis. Thank you for the great tips! (Also — your site is GORGEOUS!)


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