Devil’s claw (Botanical name :Harpagophytum) is a plant with tuberous root system commonly found in Africa.
It derived this name from the appearance of its hooked fruit and it’s also called wood spider, grapple plant but mostly referred to as devil’s claw.
Devil’s Claw against Dog’s inflammation and Pain
Devil’s claw has been known to be effective in reducing inflammation and pain, especially with osteoarthritis, joint’s pain, muscle pain (Analgesics) and for digestive problems. It is also sedative and diuretic.
Not only healthy and helpful in man but also four-legged mammals like dogs and horses, the devil’s claw can reduce painful joint inflammation.
It can help improving the health and quality of your dog’s life.
Causes of Dog’s Joint Problems
Too much dog’s exercise, loss of joint cartilage, ligament damage and abnormal development, abnormal rubbing within the joint caused by joint instability among others are causes of pain around the dog’s bone joint.
So the dog experience pain while walking but with the decongestant and analgesic effects of the devil’s Claw, the affected joint is movable and the inflammation is inhibited.
So you can give devil’s claw to your dog for arthritis pain and swelling as natural remedy without supporting with over-the-counter drugs.
The dog would be able to exercise and run again without feeling pain or with less pain.
However, the dog should not be stressed and should be restricted before she finally recovers from arthritis.
Devil’s Claw for Wounds & Musculoskeletal disorders in Dogs
In case the dog is already having open wound at the joint, Devil’s Claw can also be administered proactively.
This is especially true for some dog breeds like Dachshunds, Retrievers, Hounds, Malamutes, Terriers, Poodles with tendency for musculoskeletal disorders due to their special physique and breeding.
Devil’s Claw Dosage forms
Devil’s claw are processed into powder, capsules, and cream mostly and you can mix it with your dog’s foods.
It does not irritate the dog since it smell good like apple in the food and you can begin to observe the result in the dog after few weeks.
How to Use Devil’s Claw
Using devil’s claw for joint stiffness, pain, or wounds, the dosage depends first and foremost on the weight and size of your dog, and also the severity of the condition.
You can seek advice from your veterinary doctor or follow the dosage instruction on the drug’s package.
For the prevention of arthritis, pain and to improve mobility in the dog, devil’s claw should be administered with a low dosage of 250mg capsule.
This is also applicable for small dog, and a little less mg capsule for puppies. You can just break it for them.
Devil’s claw can also be used against muscle sore in dogs, preferable to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) because of active ingredients like harpagoside, harpagide which decrease inflammation quickly.
Also, devil’s claw can be used with turmeric powder and for skin care
For large and well grown dogs, you can start slowly with 500 mg capsule of devil’s claw extract and increase it gradually if there is no reasonable improvement after about four weeks.
This can be increased to up to 1000 mg capsule daily and this is also applicable for very large and well grown dogs.
Possible Side effects of Devil’s Claw in Dogs
It’s important to start administration of devil’s claw slowly so as to observe any possible side effects.
If the dose is much, the dog may have diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems but this is not commonly experienced.
However, devil’s claw should be avoided when dog is having ulcer and also if the dog is on other drugs, you should visit your vet doctor so as to prevent any drug contradiction.
For example, anticoagulants, cardiac medication, and anti-arrythmics in particular.
Where to Buy Devil’s Claw for Dogs
For devil’s claw drugs you buy over the counter or from ecommerce sites like Amazon, eBay, Walmart and others, the preparation often contains other active ingredients which also contribute to pain relief and improvement of the dog’s discomfort and immobility.
However, it’s important to note that it may take over two months sometimes before you start observing improvement of the symptoms.
Some dog lovers even opined that devil’s claw may not be the best for acute pain and immobility of your dog but can still be really helpful if the condition is still minimal.