Does golden paste really help? I’d prefer to use that to curb pain / discomfort rather than medication, if it really is effective.
I too have been looking into golden paste. Some success stories are amazing but I’m not sure if it’s more of a hype.
Does it interact with other drugs? Mine is on loxicom and propalin and I’ve read that you shouldn’t use golden paste alongside NSAID?
A number of my patients are on golden paste and I give a home recipe for owners to make it themselves. This can be a cost effective way of providing a supplement. However, I wouldn’t advocate it as the only form of pain relief. My patients are usually also on some form of medication as well as receiving acupuncture. As many have responded here, it seems to help some dogs and not others, and monitoring the pure effects of the golden paste is difficult as other factors are usually going on at the same time.
The evidence for the benefits of turmeric in reducing inflammation is there in a laboratory setting, in vitro, and evidence for how it behaves in a live body and what dose may be optimum is lacking.
More information can be found on the CAM website at https://www.caninearthritis.co.uk/cam-conversation-with-cam-shona-fernyhough-about-canine-joint-supplements/ and https://www.caninearthritis.co.uk/cam-conversation-with-cam-shona-fernyhough-about-omega-3-asu-and-uc-ii-supplements/.
It’s too early to say if it’s working but Gillie has been in it for 4 day’s now. He won’t touch it on its own or on a biscuit but eats it straight away if I put it in the empty scrambled egg pan!
this is such an interesting and frustrating field for us vets…. i wish there was an answer.
I would love to have an arsenal of non pharm approaches that I knew were reliable to offer pain relief, but in honesty there isn’t that reliability…. that’s why we resort to NSAIDs as we know there is evidence base behind them….
A lovely vet is going to write regarding herbal medicine for us soon. and our lovely Shona has written some posts regarding supplements which will be on the website and facebook soon…
It is the most important thing for my oldie (posted about this morning with spondylosis), and it makes a huge difference to 2 of my other 3 joint-wonky dogs too. It does help the third, but not as dramatically. My oldie hasn’t had any for 2 days as I’ve run out and need to get more turmeric to make some more, and she is already limping again. It doesn’t work for every dog, of course, and it can take time to work if it’s going to – it took about 2 months with my collie and she had tramadol in the meantime to keep her pain under control but now only needs the paste.