Posted : 6/6/2011 10:26:22 AM
Some arthritis’s are caused by an accumulation of toxins in the joints that calcify causing disease. Parsley also helps with rheumatism and gout for the same reasons as stated above.
It's pretty difficult to tell the *cause* of the arthritis -- and dogs aren't prone to gout really (and that would take a superior vet to find that one).
Parsley primarily helps detox the liver (that and celery) and with a good liver-cleansing diet (Dr. Dodds has a good one on Hemopet that you can use) it can be beneficial.
However -- understand that this is just *one* person's idea (not sure if it's a doctor, vet or herbologist until I check) and medical opinion can vary widely. The other thing that can be really difficult with dogs is that they can't **TELL** us when they are in pain. We have to know them well enough to see the difference of whether they are just being stoic or really aren't feeling pain.
But I can tell you as a human arthritis sufferer that I control all my arthritis with herbs, essential oils, diet, etc (because I can't take the drugs ... period!). And literally one mouthful of spinach or one mouthful of parsley will set me up to hurt SO badly that I can't move at all the next day without excruciating pain.
And many holistic vets who are knowledgeable about diet are now finding that if antioxidants aren't used the body then can transform them into free radicals which starts the whole bad process all over. So just giving "lots" of any thing is generally counter-productive. Does that make sense?
I can't give you studies -- I can tell you my sources (and they are well known researching vets like Dr. Joe Demers and Dr. Lynn Peck).
Any time you start using herbs (whether it's parsley or black walnut or whatever) to try to deal with parasites you get into some dangerous ground because it is so very difficult to "dose" an herb because it will work differently from dog to dog depending on breed, metabolism, and general health. A few years ago it was highly touted online to use black walnut among other herbs "instead" of using heartworm preventive and to kill various parasites -- and a lot of dogs wound up with heart problems as a result because the dosing is nearly impossible on an animal that can't tell you "oh boy ... that makes me feel funny".
I'm not telling you you're incorrect -- much of what you're saying is super good stuff. I'm just cautioning you to proceed **very** carefully because it can have a backlash you may not expect.