DMSO for Dogs That Suffer From Chronic Pain
Osteoarthritis is inevitable as dogs age, but it can develop at a much younger age in large dog breeds. Since dogs are living much longer, arthritis pain prevention products are growing rapidly to meet the demand of aging dogs. As a professional dog trainer, who’s been around the block a few times, I was introduced to an older arthritis remedy that works amazingly well. This remedy is great for muscle pain in dogs too!
Dimethyl Sulfoxide (DMSO) Liquid
During a chiropractor and acupuncture visit, our holistic veterinarian recommended applying DMSO to my Rottie’s arthritic wrists. I’ve never heard of DMSO before, but it is pretty popular within the horse community.
DMSO is closely related to MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), which is well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits and pain relief. MSM is usually taken orally, and can be absorbed through the skin. In contrast, DMSO is a topical product and is only applied to the skin.
DMSO for dogs directly relieves pain of an affected area by blocking the pain. It also helps heal the area quickly. Many veterinarians recommend DMSO for dogs with chronic injuries, osteoarthritis, muscle pain, inflamed tendons and swelling.
How to Use DMSO for Dogs
Wear gloves and apply DMSO liquid directly to inflamed areas, as recommended by your veterinarian. While our vet warned our dogs’ breath might smell garlicky after application, I did not notice a single odd odor and I have a very good sense of smell.
While applying to my Rottie’s wrists, I noticed an immediate heating sensation within the area and could feel the heat increasing through my gloves. A few drops of DMSO splattered onto my forearms, which felt hot and tingly, but I didn’t experience any skin irritations.
After spending 10-15 minutes applying the product, my Rottie fell sound asleep for hours. Before, Sobek would refuse to play and now he’s bouncing around like a young dog. One major benefit of DMSO for dogs is it’s applied topically, reducing oral NSAIDs that can negatively affect stomachs and organs.
If your dog suffers from chronic pain, give DMSO a try.