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Prevent Canine Arthritis In Your Pet by Using This DIY Recipe

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Prevent Canine Arthritis In Your Pet by Using This DIY Recipe

Prevent Canine Arthritis In Your Pet by Using This DIY Recipe

If you or someone you know suffers from arthritis, you know how painful and debilitating it can be. Most people may not realize, however, that arthritis also strikes one in five dogs or that diet can help ease the symptoms. Cinnamon and flax seed have been used for centuries to offer relief for swollen joints and your dog will have a hard time refusing these Apple Cinnamon dog treats!


While the breed, age and health of your dog can increase the risk of this disease, every dog is susceptible. A few contributing factors of Canine Arthritis are:


Canine arthritis can strike at any age, but is more likely to occur during the last half of a dog’s life. With advances in technology and improvements to the ingredients in pet foods, our pets are living longer lives and we want those later years to be as healthy and happy as possible.


Our Canine companions tend to adopt the couch potato lifestyle of their owners and over time, without proper exercise, their weight will gradually increase, putting them at a greater risk for developing arthritis.

Past Injuries

Broken limbs, although healed, can eventually lead to osteoarthritis in the effected joints. Working dogs are also susceptible, be they the four-legged officers of the K-9 force, search dogs looking for missing people or hounds used for hunting. The added stress on their frame, over time, can put them at risk for arthritis as well.


There are breeds that are more likely to develop the symptoms of arthritis. German Shepherds, Retrievers and the very large breeds, like Great Danes, Mastiffs and Saint Bernards are all more likely to have issues with joint pain.

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A few of the symptoms to look out for are:

  • Swollen Joints
  • Lameness
  • Depression
  • Appetite Loss
  • Warm Tender Joints


1 tbsp baking powder
½ tsp vanilla
4 tbsp honey
4 cups rice flour
2 ¾ cups water
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 cup chopped apple (dry or fresh)
2 tbsp ground flaxseed
1 tbsp cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350°
Mix wet and dry ingredients separately and thoroughly
Mix wet ingredients into dry ingredients slowly, while stirring
Fold in the apple to the mixture
Pour mixture into small muffin tins
Bake for an hour and fifteen minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
These will last 2-3 weeks in the fridge, or you can freeze them

All dogs love treats. By offering Apple Cinnamon dog treats, you can alleviate your dog’s pain with the inflammation reducing properties of cinnamon and flax. Cinnamon has cancer prevention and antioxidant properties, while flax is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, Vitamin B1 and protein.

The recipe is quick and easy to make, with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and it’s a great way to use up all those leftover apples! Homemade is always healthier than those store bought, over-processed biscuits with ingredients you can’t pronounce.

Even if your pet has been lucky enough to live a life free of Canine Arthritis, they will still find these treats hard to ignore. Made with vanilla, apples and honey along with ingredients which help to ease inflammation, you may prevent symptoms in the future.

We all love our dogs and for most of us, our pets are a part of the family. Keep your puppy healthy and happy by providing them with wholesome, home made treats like Apple Cinnamon dog treats and help ease the discomfort of Canine Arthritis.

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