Pain Relief for dogs is an easy to use herbal remedy that is formulated with the most effective pain relieving herbs in western herbal medicine. Formulated by a certified Master Herbalist, this formula is made with USDA organic herbs and offers a safe alternative to NSAIDs and other medications. Use in conjunction with one of our Joint Support Products for Dogs in order to provide nutrients for joint cartilage repair.
Pain Relief is a natural formula that can safely be used for the life of your dog. This differentiates it from medications because it does not have the side-effects that can lead to ulceration of the stomach or damage to the liver like NSAIDs and other drugs. Please keep in mind that unlike medications this product will take a little time for the herbal constituents to accumulate in the body to produce a more anti-inflammatory state. Medications may work more quickly, however they also have the potential for serious side-effects.
*For dogs only please. Cats can be sensitive to the salicylates (aspirin-like compounds without the side effects) in willow and meadowsweet.
How does white willow bark differ from aspirin?
Scientists discovered that the active ingredient salicin in white willow bark could be turned into acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin). The anti-inflammatory effects are similar, however the salicin in willow bark is converted into salicylic acid after it is absorbed by the stomach. This is important because at recommended dosages the use of a natural herb like white willow bark does not cause the stomach irritation and possible ulceration that can be serious side-effects of aspirin and NSAIDs.
One more thing worth mentioning is the fact that herbs like white willow and meadowsweet that contain salicin or salicylates, also contain other constituents that protect the mucous membranes of the digestive tract. This is another reason why we prefer to use the whole herb, not just isolated constituents (as is aspirin), because the whole is better than the parts.
How much should I purchase?
We recommend getting enough for at least two to four weeks to start. With this remedy we are trying to provide the body with what it needs to rebalance itself to a more anti-inflammatory state. This is far different than using a prescription medication and may take longer, but, when possible, will get real results not just the suppression of symptoms.
A one ounce bottle contains 30 ml. We recommend providing this herbal remedy at least three times per day at first until desired results are seen. This means a 25 pound dog will receive 3 ml daily, so a one ounce bottle will last for ten days. In this case we recommend you purchase at least the two ounce size. If you then decide the product is working for your dog try to place your reorder so there is no interruption in your animal's treatment.
What to Look for in a Superior Pain Relief Formula:
✓ Organic Herbs
Our formula contains certified USDA organic herbs. Research shows organic herbs have higher amounts of important nutrients as opposed to conventionally raised plants. Organic farming methods are also better for the environment and of course do not have the levels of residual pesticides that conventionally grown herbs can have. We also do not use wild crafted herbs in our formulas as this practice can damage wild populations of herbs and you do not necessarily know where the herbs are coming from or how they've been grown. Instead, we prefer to be on the safe side and only obtain herbs from USDA certified organic farms.
✓ Natural Ingredients
Natural ingredients are going to be gentler on your animal's body when compared to synthetic chemical ingredients or medications. The proper natural constituents are able to provide the body with what it needs to heal and get better. This is in direct contrast to synthetic ingredients or medications that can be especially hard on the liver and kidneys. Medications are also designed to have a symptom suppressing action in line with the principles of allopathic medicine which is to create a diagnoses and then use drugs to suppress symptoms. Using this course of action can never result in true healing and is not really meant to.
✓ Alcohol-Free Tincture with ORGANIC Vegetable Glycerin for Animals
Our blend is formulated by a special process using low heat and organic vegetable glycerin. Tinctures are concentrated forms of a plant's constituents that are readily absorbed and utilized by your pet's body. Because your pet may not like the taste of alcohol, we use vegetable glycerin which gives our tinctures a sweet taste your animals will like. Vegetable glycerin is a carbohydrate but is metabolized differently than sugar and does not raise blood sugar levels. It is also an efficient menstruum which extracts valuable constituents from plants and makes them readily available to the body. In addition, we take the extra time and effort to use a low heat process that extracts many more constituents than just soaking in glycerin alone as is done by most other herbal companies. And, of course, the use of organic vegetable glycerin ensures your pet avoids genetically modified ingredients and herbicides in their natural medicine.
✓ Uses only Human Grade Ingredients
Our products are manufactured using human grade ingredients. In the pet industry this is far from the rule as many companies use pet quality ingredients, those considered "not fit for human consumption".
✓ Uses Fresh, High Quality Ingredients
We purchase our ingredients from some of the most highly regarded companies in their respective fields so you and your animals are ensured the finest quality supplements. In addition, we purchase in small quantities to make sure the products we provide to you are fresh and bursting with important nutrients. This is in direct contrast to many other products on the market that can spend a year or longer sitting in non-climate controlled warehouses before they even get to you.
A proprietary blend of USDA Organic herbs in a 1:5 ratio of herb to menstruum:
White Willow Bark (Salix alba), Meadowsweet Herb (Filipendula ulmaria), Devil's Claw Rhizome (Harpagophytum procumbrens), St. John’s Wort Herb (Hypericum perforatum), Black Cohosh Root (Cimicifuga racemosa), Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Turmeric Root (Curcuma longa), Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea villosa), Celery Seed (Apium graveolens) and Cayenne (Capsicum annuum).
Other Ingredients: ORGANIC vegetable glycerin, distilled water. Alcohol Free!
About the Organic Herbs in this Formula
White Willow Bark - An ancient anti-inflammatory remedy used for aches and pains of all kinds. It is generally considered to be the original, natural source of modern aspirin.
Meadowsweet Herb - An anti-inflammatory herb, similar to white willow, that contains salicylates that help relieve pain in muscles and joints. This herb also has constituents that protect and soothe the lining of the digestive tract.
Devil's Claw Rhizome - An anti-inflammatory and antirheumatic herb that contains a glycoside called harpagoside that helps to reduce pain and inflammation,
St. John’s Wort Herb - An herb well known for its use in anxiety and depression. However, it is equally respected in herbalist circles for its value as a healing and anti-inflammatory remedy, especially for neuralgic (nerve) pain.
Black Cohosh Root - A valuable relaxing nervine and effective anti-inflammatory for rheumatic and neurological pain as well as discomfort caused by osteoarthritis.
Ginger Root - Contains gingerols that have powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric Root - Contains the active ingredient curcumin, which is an antioxidant that demonstrates anti-inflammatory properties. The constituent curcumin is much more readily available as an extract, as opposed to turmeric dry powder, as it is found in our Pain Relief formula.
Wild Yam Root - A nervine and antispasmodic herb excellent for reducing muscle cramps and spasms. Also helps to rid the body of excess heat and inflammation.
Celery Seed - This herb acts as a mild diuretic that helps the body eliminate metabolic waste products like uric acid. This can greatly benefit pain related to arthritis and gout.
Cayenne - A wonderful circulatory tonic that we use in this formula to help distribute the herbal constituents throughout the body. This herb will also help to stimulate blood flow to bring nutrients to joint cartilage and help remove excess metabolic waste products and acids from the body that may be contributing to inflammation.
Provide 1 ml per 25 lbs 2 - 3 times per day. May be squirted directly in the mouth, placed in a small amount of favorite food or added to meals. It is desirable to provide herbal remedies such as this away from meals for better absorption when possible.
You may safely use up to 4 mls per 25 lbs 2 - 3 times daily for a short period of time depending on the severity of your animal's condition. As your animal's condition improves slowly decrease dosage to minimum effective dosage. Contact us if you have any questions.
To apply directly in mouth just pull out lower lip at back of mouth and squirt in desired amount. Don't tilt head back and squirt down throat or your pet may breath some in. Wipe off dropper before placing back in container.
Long Term Use: After the first two - four weeks when your animal's condition stabilizes or improves begin to use on a schedule of 5 days on and 2 days off as long as your animal's condition allows this schedule without deterioration or as recommended by your veterinarian.
Storage: For longer term storage keep in refrigerator. If this herbal remedy will be used over a few weeks refrigeration is not necessary.
Discontinue use if any unusual symptoms occur. If animal's condition worsens or does not improve, stop product administration and consult your veterinarian.