Bingo's Bounty Vegetables for Dogs

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Jan 2012

Say No To NSAID's

It’s disheartening to see humans heed the warnings on medications intended for their own use, but completely ignore those same warnings when giving their dogs an identical medication. A perfect example of this are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s).

How They Work

NSAID’s are used to reduce pain and inflammation by inhibiting two enzymes produced with the body’s cells, COX-1 and COX-2. These two enzymes are responsible for producing prostaglandins, a family of chemicals with several important functions including promoting inflammation and fever, supporting the blood clotting function of platelets and protecting the lining of the stomach. While everyone knows the benefit of NSAID’s are reducing inflammation and pain, we often forget about the negative affects - reducing the ability to clot blood and stomach ulcers.

Side Effects

NSAID’s are also associated with several side affects including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, decreased appetite, rash, dizziness, headache, drowsiness and edema. There are also dangerous side effects associated with long term use including liver damage, kidney damage, small intestine damage, gastrointestinal bleeding, bleeding ulcers, and perforation of the stomach, small intestine and large intestine. They also aggravate high blood pressure as well as increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. These side effects are dramatically increased in geriatric patients.

According to Science Daily, “Each year, the side effects of long term NSAID use cause nearly 103,000 hospitalizations and 16,500 deaths. More people die each year from NSAID-related complications than from AIDS and cervical cancer.”

Usage In Dogs

While some veterinarians will prescribe NSAID’s (Rimadyl, Novox, Previcox, EtoGesic, Zubrin, Metacam) for relief after major surgery or dental extractions, the majority prescribe them for older dogs suffering from arthritis. Unfortunately, veterinarians seem to think that NSAID’s are a long term solution for geriatric dogs, even though the noted side effects become more dangerous with long term use, especially in older dogs. Even human NSAID’s come with a warning not to use them more than 10 consecutive days. Some veterinarians have their patients on them for years!

A Better Alternative

No one likes to see their dog suffering and in pain, which makes the allure of NSAID’s so tempting. A single pill every day and your dog is jumping around like a young pup again… but at what cost? You are doing terrible harm to the inside of your dog by using these drugs on a long term basis and there are alternatives.

Feed a home cooked diet.

Highly processed foods, like kibble, will increase the inflammatory response in your dog’s body. The right diet, high in anti-inflammatory vegetables for dogs can do wonders. Bingo’s Bounty contains seven different vegetables known for their anti-inflammatory effect. Be sure to avoid tomatoes and eggplant as these contain solanine which can trigger an inflammatory response. Fruits, especially berries, are also an excellent source. Proteins such as poultry and fish, as well as legumes are a wise choice. Decrease the amount of red meat your dog eats. Try to limit the amount of omega-6 fatty acids your dog receives as these can actually increase the inflammatory response. Choose instead omega-3 fatty acids.

Try herbs and supplements for arthritis relief.

There are a number of excellent anti-inflammatory herbs and supplements that can greatly benefit your arthritic dog without the dangerous side effects of NSAID’s. I have used only herbs and supplements to treat all of my dogs with arthritis with great success. They also are extremely effective in treating allergy symptoms which are, in fact, nothing more than an inflammatory response to stimuli. Below are just a few.

PLEASE NOTE: Certain herbal combinations may have to be tried to find the right mix that will help your dog. We strongly suggest you find a holistic veterinarian to work with in order to get the correct combination and dosage for your dog. Remember, herbs take longer to see their full effect, so please be patient.

Devil’s Claw
Slippery Elm
Nettle Leaf
St. John’s Wort

It is important to realize that you are your dog’s best advocate in determining what is going to give him the happiest, healthiest and longest life possible. Don’t fall victim to the “easy solution”, as this is not necessarily the best one.

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