Natural, Herbal Alternatives to Prednisone, Steroids, NSAIDs for Dogs, Cats

In this article:
  1. Anti-inflammatory Foods
  2. Anti-inflammatory Herbs – Alternative Medicines
  3. Anti-inflammatory Supplements – Alternative Medicines
  4. Anti-Inflammatory, Immune System Supporting Diet and Health Regimen

1.0 Anti-inflammatory Foods

Note…when adding any new food items to your dog’s or cat’s diet – introduce one new item at a time. Don’t introduce a second new item for at least several days. This gives your dog or cat time to adjust to the new item and if they have any adverse reaction to the item you will know which item she has reacted to.

Fruits and Vegetables
  • Tart Red Cherries (sour cherries) - fresh or frozen finely chopped or juice;
  • Apples (fresh);
  • Blueberries - fresh or frozen finely chopped;
  • Broccoli - fresh finely chopped, lightly steamed or cooked;
  • Grapefruit (particularly white grapefruit) fresh or frozen, finely chopped;
  • Spinach - fresh finely chopped, lightly steamed or cooked;
  • Summer squash - fresh finely chopped, lightly steamed or cooked.
  • For a more extensive list see the table below...
The table below provides a listing of the top ranked antioxidant yielding fruits and vegetables. Ranking is by Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity (ORAC). Tart Red Cherries get the highest ranking of all fruits and vegetables for their anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods Ranked by ORAC Value

Ranking
Top Ranked Fruits and Veggies
ORAC Value rates:
qty of antioxidants;
strength of antioxidants.
#1
Tart red cherry juice concentrate
12000
#2
Dried tart red cherry
6800
#3
Prunes
577
#4
Blueberries
2400
#5
Blackberries
2036
#6
Tart red cherries, frozen
2033
#7
Canned tart red cherries, packed in water. Note – do not  use cherries packed in syrup as sugar is inflammatory!
1700
#8
Kale
1770
#9
Strawberries
1540
#10
Raspberries
1220
#11
Spinach
1260
#12
Brussel’s Sprouts
980
#13
Plums
949
#14
Alfalfa sprouts
930
#15
Broccoli (florets)
890
#16
Beets (non-GMO beets!)
840
#17
Oranges
750
#18
Grapes (red)
739
#19
Red Bell Pepper
710
#20
Pink Grapefruit
495
#21
Grapes (white)
460

Note – all of the above fruits are safe for dogs and cats with the exception of grapes. The flesh of grapes should never be given to dogs or cats. Grape seed extract and grape seed oil is safe for dogs and cats. 

This homemade food recipe for dogs and cats (puppies, kittens and senior dogs and cats) includes most of the fruits and vegetables listed above as well as herbs from the list further below. These foods can also be incorporated into your dog’s and cat’s diet in smoothie form. Serve as a separate treat or add/mix into his/her bowl with food. You can look at this recipe and this recipe for examples.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

 Choose one or two of the following options to add to your dog’s or cat’s diet…
  • Fish Oil
    • Cod Liver Oil - Norwegian or Arctic
    • Salmon Oil - Wild Alaskan (not factory farm!)
    • Krill Oil - Norwegian or Arctic
  • Chia Seeds or oil
  • Flax seeds (ground) or flax seed oil
For a list of benefits, dosage, cautions, interactions and other food high in Omega-3 fatty acids read here.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids
Coconut Oil – for benefits, cautions and daily dosage read here.

2.0 Anti-inflammatory Herbs – Alternative Medicines

The following is a list of some herbal alternatives to corticosteroids (including Prednisone). A link to a full article on each herb is provided. When using any of the herbs listed below, add the herb to your dog’s or cat’s food at mealtime. Make sure you read the articles as they provide you with information on health benefits, dosage, cautions, side effects and interactions.

Aloe Vera Juice  
for dogs and cats



Safe to use as a short-term or long-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
    Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • Daily Dietary Dosage
  • Read here.
Arnica
for dogs and cats
Safe to use as a short-term alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
    Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • Daily Dietary Dosage
  • Read here.
Bosweilla
for dogs and cats

  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Cat's Claw 
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions 
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Camomile
for dogs and cats

  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Cinnamon (Ceylon Cinnamon
for dogs and cats

  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Dong Quai
for dogs and cats

  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • Read here.
Feverfew
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Ginger
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Golden Seal 
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Juniper Berries
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • Read here.
Garlic
for dogs
  • Health Benefits
  • Preparation and Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • Read here.
Licorice Root
for dogs and cats

  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Marjoram
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Rooibos (Red Bush) Tea
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Slippery Elm Bark
for dogs and cats
Safe to use as a short-term daily dietary supplement, alternative medicine for most dogs and cats. 
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here.
Turmeric and Curcumin
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here

3.0 Anti-inflammatory Supplements, Alternative Medicines

The following is a list of additional alternative medicines. A link to a full article on each alternative is provided. When using any of the below, add to your dog’s or cat’s food at mealtime. Make sure you read the articles as they provide you with information on health benefits, dosage, cautions, side effects and interactions.

Grapefruit Seed Extract  
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here

Grape Seed Extract
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here

Quercetin
for dogs and cats
  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here

Tart Red Cherry Extract 
for dogs and cats

  • Health Benefits
  • Dosage
  • Cautions
  • Side Effects
  • Drug Interactions
  • General Guideline for Daily Intake
  • Read here

6.0 Anti-Inflammatory, Immune System Supporting Diet and Health Regimen

6.1 Anti-Inflammatory, Immune System Supporting Diet

Make sure you dog or cat is on an anti-inflammatory diet. Many commercial dry, wet dog foods and treats and veterinarian prescribed dry and wet foods contain multiple inflammatory ingredients - known allergens, toxins and carcinogens. Inflammatory ingredients include:
  • Grains and refined grains
  • Ingredients containing high pesticide residue – i.e. corn, soy and derivatives
  • Chemical preservatives
  • Chemical-based food colouring
  • Low omega-3 fatty acid content
  • Etc.
Diet Matters

Make sure you support your dog and cat’s health from the inside out. Don’t get fooled into feeding a poor diet. Yours and your companion animal’s best defence against illness and disease is knowledge. You can read the following articles to gain insight into what makes a dog and cat food good or bad, healthy or unsafe.
Learn about a species appropriate diet for dogs and cats. Go to this article.
    The best diet for a dog or cat is a raw or gently cooked and fresh food diet. An example recipe is provided in this article.

    6.2 Health Regimen

    If your dog is suffering from an inflammatory disease the health care choices you make can add to the serious deterioration of your dog or cat’s health.

    Insect and Parasite Preventatives

    Do not use chemical-based insect and parasite preventatives unless 100% necessary as you will be increasing toxic load, suppressing the immune system, introducing carcinogens and more -  you can read why in detail here. There are many natural alternatives you can employ, for example:
    Natural, Herbal  Flea, Tick, Mite, Mosquito Repellent Sprays, Rubs, Dips for Dogs and Cats go here.
     
    Natural, Herbal Flea, Tick, Mosquito Spot-On and Collar Drops for Dogs and Cats 
    go here.

    DIY Natural, Herbal, Homeopathic Dewormers for Dogs and Cats

    go here.


    Foods That Help Your Dog, Cat Naturally Repel, Eliminate Insects, Parasites
    read here.
    Antibiotics 
    Don’t put your dog or cat on antibiotics unless 100% necessary. Antibiotics suppress the immune system leaving your dog or cat more vulnerable to viruses, diseases, insects and parasites and even behavioural issues due to disruption of healthy serotonin levels. 
     
    There are many natural alternatives you can employ for example:
    Dental Care 
    Gingivitis, Oral infections Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.

    Ear Infections
    Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.

    Eye Infections, Conjunctivitis
    Natural Remedies, Cures for Dogs and Cats – read here.

    Paw Infections
    Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.

    Shampoos and Rinses for Dogs and Cats 
    Natural Herbal Recipes – read here.

    Urinary Tract Infections
    Natural Remedies for Dogs and Cats – read here.
    Stress and Stressors
    Stress is an inflammatory condition that can trigger:
    • Suppression of the immune system - thereby leaving the body more susceptible to:
      • Inflammation
      • Infection
      • Insect and parasite infestation
      • Viruses
      • etc.
      • Low serotonin levels - thereby affecting brain function and behaviour
      • Disruptions in the endocrine system
      • Fatigue and pain as a result of all of the above
    For all of these reasons it is important to do your best to minimize the amount of psychological stress that your companion animal is exposed to - particularly if your dog or cat is already suffering from an acquired inflammatory condition.
     
    Dogs are very insightful communicators - much more so than the average human. The significance of this is huge. Because dogs can sense and discern to a degree that exceeds that of an untrained human, It does not matter what you say as much as what you feel. 
    How you feel at any one given moment instantaneously transmits itself to:
    • Your body in the form of body language:
      • Facial expression.
      • How you hold yourself - how one part of your body relates to another part of your body, your posture, etc.
      • How you occupy your space, how you occupy the space you are located in - were are you in that space, how are you positioned, what footprint are you occupying, how you move, etc.
      • How you present yourself.
      • Your breathing.
      • Your adrenal level.
      • Your heart rate.
      • Your blood pressure.
      • Your blood sugar.
      • Your scent.
    Your thoughts and your emotions drive your body language.

    For more information on understanding stress in your dog and supporting calm you can read here.

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