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Don't Poison Pooch with Gin-Soaked Raisins

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Q. I have an elderly dog suffering from painful arthritis in knee and hip. Can I use the gin soaked golden raisins with her safely? How many?

She's been X-rayed so I know it's arthritis. She hobbles around painfully. I'm already giving her a nutraceutical that has liquid glucosamine and chondroitin. Any advice on how to help her is greatly appreciated.

A. Do NOT give your dog raisins, gin-soaked or otherwise! Although humans may benefit from this remedy, veterinarians have found that raisins and grapes are dangerous for dogs and may cause kidney problems.

Glucosamine and chondroitin first became popular in treating dogs with arthritis, so it makes sense to continue that supplement. Your vet might be able to prescribe an anti-inflammatory drug such as meloxicam or a pain reliever like tramadol to ease your dog’s discomfort. An extract of green-lipped mussels might also be worth a try (Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Feb. 15, 2007).

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I have great success with MSM in addition to Glucosamine & Chondroitin for pet arthritis, even my own arthritis. I find it in Vet supply catalogs.

We had a friend whose dog had arthritis real bad and her vet said to giver her dog alfalfa tablets for it. Our friend said they really helped.

I gave my border collie cross a tablespoon full of cod liver oil in her food when she started suffering from arthritis in her one back leg. After a very short while her pain disappeared and never came back for any more of her 16 years of life. Other friends have also tried it with great success - and cod liver oil is a natural substance.

Dogs cannot have raisins or grapes. It can make them violently ill and even kill them.

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