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Prednisone Steroids NSAIDs for Dogs, Cats – Natural Alternatives

In this article…
  1. Anti-inflammatory Foods
  2. Anti-inflammatory Herbs – Alternative Medicines
  3. Anti-inflammatory Supplements – Alternative Medicines
  4. Anti-Inflammatory, Immune System Supporting Diet and Health Regimen

 

1.0 Anti-inflammatory Foods
Note…when adding any new food items to your dog’s or cat’s diet – introduce one new item at a time. Don’t introduce a second new item for at least several days. This gives your dog or cat time to adjust to the new item and if they have any adverse reaction to the item you will know which item he/she has reacted to.
Go Organic as much as you possibly can!
Fruits and Vegetables
  • Tart Red Cherries (sour cherries) – fresh or frozen finely chopped or juice;
  • Apples (fresh);
  • Blueberries – fresh or frozen finely chopped;
  • Broccoli – fresh finely chopped, lightly steamed or cooked;
  • Grapefruit (particularly white grapefruit) fresh or frozen, finely chopped;
  • Spinach – fresh finely chopped, lightly steamed or cooked;
  • Summer squash – fresh finely chopped, lightly steamed or cooked.
  • For a more extensive list see the table below…

The table below provides a listing of the top ranked antioxidant yielding fruits and vegetables. Ranking is by Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC). Tart Red Cherries get the highest ranking of all fruits and vegetables for their anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties…

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Ranked by ORAC Value

 

Ranking
Top Ranked Fruits and Veggies
ORAC Value rates:
qty of antioxidants;
strength of antioxidants.
#1
Tart red cherry juice concentrate
12000
#2
Dried tart red cherry
6800
#3
Prunes
577
#4
Blueberries
2400
#5
Blackberries
2036
#6
Tart red cherries, frozen
2033
#7
Canned tart red cherries, packed in water. Note – do not  use cherries packed in syrup as sugar is inflammatory!
1700
#8
Kale
1770
#9
Strawberries
1540
#10
Raspberries
1220
#11
Spinach
1260
#12
Brussel’s Sprouts
980
#13
Plums
949
#14
Alfalfa sprouts
930
#15
Broccoli (florets)
890
#16
Beets (non-GMO beets!)
840
#17
Oranges
750
#18
Grapes (red)
739
#19
Red Bell Pepper
710
#20
Pink Grapefruit
495
#21
Grapes (white)
460
Note – all of the above fruits are safe for dogs and cats with the exception of grapes. The flesh of grapes should never be given to dogs or cats. Grape seed extract and grape seed oil is safe for dogs and cats. 
This homemade food recipe for dogs and cats (puppies, kittens and senior dogs and cats) includes most of the fruits and vegetables listed above as well as herbs from the list further below. These foods can also be incorporated into your dog’s and cat’s diet in smoothie form. Serve as a separate treat or add/mix into his/her bowl with food. You can look at this recipe and this recipe for examples.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
 Choose one or two of the following options to add to your dog’s or cat’s diet…
  • Fish Oil
    • Cod Liver Oil – Norwegian or Arctic
    • Salmon Oil – Wild Alaskan (not factory farm!)
    • Krill Oil – Norwegian or Arctic
  • Chia Seeds or oil
  • Flax seeds (ground) or flax seed oil

For a list of benefits, dosage, cautions, interactions and other food high in Omega-3 fatty acids read here.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids
  • Coconut Oil – for benefits, cautions and daily dosage read here.
2.0 Anti-inflammatory Herbs – Alternative
Medicines
The following is a list of some herbal alternatives to corticosteroids (including Prednisone). A link to a full article on each herb is provided. When using any of the herbs listed below, add the herb to your dog’s or cat’s food at mealtime. Make sure you read the articles as they provide you with information on health benefits, dosage, cautions, side effects and interactions.
Herbs for Dogs are indicated with ᵔᴥᵔ
Herbs for Cats are indicated with ^._.^
 Aloe Vera Juice for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 

  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
      Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • Daily Dietary Dosage
  • Read here.

Arnica for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^

Safe to use as a short-term alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 

  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
      Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • Daily Dietary Dosage
  • Read here.

Bosweilla for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^

 

Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 

  • For…  
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Cat’s Clawfor ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…  
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions 
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Camomile for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…  
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon) for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…  
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Dong Quai for ᵔᴥᵔ 
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
  • Read here.
Feverfew for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Ginger for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Golden Seal for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Juniper Berries for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as an alternative medicine in moderation for short-term intervention for most dogs and cats.
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
  • Readhere.
Garlic for ᵔᴥᵔ 
 
 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Preparation and Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
  • Read here.
Licorice Root for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Marjoram for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Rooibos (Red Bush) Teafor ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Slippery Elm Bark for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats.
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Turmeric and Curcumin for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^ 
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
3.0 Anti-inflammatory Supplements –
Alternative Medicines
The following is a list of additional alternative medicines. A link to a full article on each alternative is provided. When using any of the below, add to your dog’s or cat’s food at mealtime. Make sure you read the articles as they provide you with information on health benefits, dosage, cautions, side effects and interactions.
Grapefruit Seed Extract  for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 

 

Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
Grape Seed Extra for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^

 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 

  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^

 

Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
Quercetin for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 Safe for dogs and cats when taken for short-term periods (i.e. up to 12 weeks). 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
Tart Red Cherry Extract for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
Natural Eggshell Membrane (NEM) for ᵔᴥᵔ and ^._.^
 Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • For…
    • Health Benefits
    • Dosage
    • Cautions
    • Side Effects
    • Drug Interactions
    • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here
6.0 Anti-Inflammatory, Immune System
Supporting Diet and Health Regimen
6.1 Anti-Inflammatory, Immune System Supporting Diet
Make sure you dog or cat is on an anti-inflammatory diet. Many commercial dry, wet dog foods and treats and veterinarian prescribed dry and wet foods contain multiple inflammatory ingredients – known allergens, toxins and carcinogens. Inflammatory ingredients include:
  • Grains and refined grains;
  • Ingredients containing high pesticide residue – i.e. corn, soy and derivatives;
  • Chemical preservatives;
  • Chemical-based food colouring;
  • Low omega-3 fatty acid content;
  • Etc.

 

Knowledge Matters…
Make sure you support your dog’s and cat’s health from the inside out. Don’t get fooled into feeding a poor diet. Yours and your companion animal’s best defence against illness and disease is knowledge. You can read the following articles to gain insight into what makes a dog and cat food good or bad, healthy or unsafe…
  • Species Appropriate Diet for Dogs – Get the Grains Out of Your Dog’s Diet – For Your Dog’s Health – read here.
  • Corn, Corn Derivatives Very Bad for Your Dog, Cat – A Real Threat to Health and Life-Span – read here.
  • Corn and Soy are Very Bad for Your Dog’s (Cat’s) Short and Long Term Health read here.
  • Preservatives to Avoid in Dog (Cat) Food and Treats – Unsafe, Toxic, Carcinogenic – read here.
  • Is Your Dog’s or Cat’s Dry Food (Dog Kibble, Cat Kibble) Full of Toxins and Carcinogens – Do You Really Know What to Look For? – read here.
  • Dog (Cat) Food and Treats to Avoid, Lacking in Nutrition full of Toxins, Carcinogens – Manufacturers at the Top of My Shame List – read here.
  • Is the Prescription Dog (Cat) Food Sold in Veterinarian’s Offices Good or Bad for Your Dog (Cat)? The Truth about Hill’s Prescription Diet, Royal Canine Veterinary Diet, Purina Veterinary Diet – read here.

 

  • How to Choose A Good Dry Food (Kibble) for Your Dog and Cat – read here.
The Best Diet…
The best diet for a dog or cat is a raw diet or a truly well-balanced homemade diet supplemented with basic essentials such as omega fatty acids and probiotics.
6.2 Health Regimen
If your dog is suffering from an inflammatory disease the health care choices you make can add to the serious deterioration of your dog or cat’s health…
Insect and Parasite Preventatives…
Do not use chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives unless 100% necessary as you will be increasing toxic load, suppressing the immune system, introducing carcinogens and more –  you can read why in detail here. There are many natural alternatives you can employ, for example:

 

  • DIY Natural, Herbal Homeopathic Flea, Tick, Mite, Mosquito Repellent Sprays, Rubs, Dips for Dogs and Cats – read here.
  • DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Flea, Tick, Mosquito Spot-On and Collar Drops for Dogs and Cats – read here.
  • DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Dewormers for Dogs and Cats – read here.

  • Foods That Help Your Dog, Cat Naturally Repel, Eliminate Infestations of Insects, Parasites – read here.
  • And if you must put your dog or cat on chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives…Add DIY Natural Supplements to Your Dog’s, Cat’s Diet to Protect Against the Toxins, Carcinogens in Conventional Flea, Tick, Heartworm, Parasite Preventatives and Treatments – read here.
Antibiotics 
Don’t put your dog or cat on antibiotics unless 100% necessary. Antibiotics suppress the immune system leaving your dog or cat more vulnerable to viruses, diseases, insects and parasites and even behavioural issues due to disruption of healthy serotonin levels. There are many natural alternatives you can employ for example:

 

  • Dental Care – Gingivitis, Oral infections – DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Treatments and Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.
  • Ear Infections – DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Treatments and Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.
  • Eye Infections, Conjunctivitis – DIY Natural Herbal Treatments and Remedies, Cures for Dogs and Cats – read here.
  • Paw Infections – DIY Natural Herbal Treatments and Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.
  • Shampoos and Rinses for Dogs and Cats – DIY Natural, Herbal Recipes – read here.
  • Urinary Tract Infections – DIY Natural Herbal Treatments and Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.
Vaccination and Over Vaccination
Don’t allow your dog or cat to be over vaccinated. If your dog or cat is suffering from an inflammatory and/or chronic condition you may want to avoid vaccinations entirely as your companion animal may not be able to support the further burden on his/her at-risk system. Vaccinations suppress the immune system leaving your dog or cat more vulnerable to viruses, diseases, insects and parasites and even behavioural issues due to disruption of healthy serotonin levels.
  • Vaccinations contain:
    • Toxins;
    • Chemical-based preservatives that can also be endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic;
    • Foreign Proteins;
    • Immune irritants’
    • Mutated bacteria, and;
    • Viruses.
Vaccinations and over vaccination can cause major health issues and even death especially for dog’s and cat’s whose systems are already compromised. To understand more – read here.  
Stress and Stressors

Stress is an inflammatory condition that can trigger:

  • Suppression of the immune system – thereby leaving the body more susceptible to:
    • Inflammation;
    • Infection;
    • Insect and parasite infestation;
    • Viruses;
    • etc.
    • Low serotonin levels – thereby affecting brain function and behaviour;
    • Disruptions in the endocrine system; 
    • Fatigue and pain as a result of all of the above.

For all of these reasons it is important to do your best to minimize the amount of psychological stress that your companion animal is exposed to – particularly if your dog or cat is already suffering from an acquired inflammatory condition.

Dogs are very insightful communicators – much more so than the average human. The significance of this is huge. Because dogs can sense and discern to a degree that exceeds that of an untrained human, It does not matter what you say as much as what you feel. 
How you feel at any one given moment instantaneously transmits itself to:
  • Your body in the form of body language;
    • Facial expression;
    • How you hold yourself – how one part of your body relates to another part of your body, your posture, etc.
    • How you occupy your space, how you occupy the space you are located in – were are you in that space, how are you positioned, what footprint are you occupying, how you move, etc…
    • How you present yourself;
    • Your breathing;
    • Your adrenal level;
    • Your heart rate;
    • Your blood pressure;
    • Your blood sugar;
    • Your scent,

Your thoughts and your emotions drive your body language…

For more information on understanding stress in your dog and supporting calm you can read here.

About Karen

Dogs are my life, my work, my passion… I am a Dog Whisperer, Dog Behaviorist and Holistic Canine Wellness Adviser with a wealth of real-time, real-life experience living and working with dogs. For two and a half decades I have worked with and shared my life with dogs. My own dog pack is comprised of eleven dogs, various breeds and ages. I provide a full range of services including Obedience Training for puppies and dogs; canine Behavior Modification; canine Psychological Rehabilitation, specializing in assisting dogs that are experiencing extreme states of insecurity, anxiety and aggressive-reactive behavior; Diet, Nutrition and Wellness Advice and Plans for canines and felines…natural wisdom for you and your companion animal.

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4 comments

  1. Thanks for the reply. What do you recommend as a substitute for White Willow Bark? My dog has a Luxating Petella and a torn ligament. The Vet wants to keep him on long term pain pills. However, I would like to find something that will reduce the pain and inflammation without impacting his liver, etc.

    Thanks,
    Lisa

  2. I did not see White Willow Bark on your list. Is it safe to treat dogs with it for pain? Is it recommended for short or long term use? What is the dosage for a 10 pound dog (administered via capsule) ?

    I am anew to your site and must say that I love all of the information that you have!!

    Thank you,
    Lisa

    • Hi Lisa, white willow bark needs to be used with extreme caution as a slight overdose can cause adverse side effects – there are many other natural analgesics that can be used instead.

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