Ask our vet: PAW - Dr. Alister Webster

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My dog has been diagnosed with arthritis in his back legs. I would like to treat him naturally if possible. What can I do to help manage his pain?


For both dogs and cats, managing arthritis typically comes down to:

  1. Diet
  2. Exercise
  3. Natural supplements
  4. Pharmaceutical medications & surgical intervention

More often than not, diet, exercise and natural supplements are enough to manage this situation.


Use a light dog food which is lower in fat and calories but higher in fibre. Start with halving the minimum recommended daily intake (found on the packaging) – one half for breakfast and one for dinner. No leftovers or treats is a must to help with weight control.

A 30 minute brisk walk twice a day is a great form of easy exercise, assuming it doesn’t cause lameness or soreness. Controlled regular exercise keeps joints nimble and oiled whilst helping muscle mass support the limbs. Swimming is another great idea.

Consider a Glucosamine-Chondroitin combination (available in PAW Osteocare® Joint Health Chews). The ingredients work in synergy to help ensure the joint cartilage is healthy, as they feed the joint with nutrients to build new joint cartilage, minimising arthritis development and improving joint function.


Our family got a gorgeous new puppy for Christmas – she often has diarrhoea after eating. What can we do to help her?


I recommend PAW Probiotic Powder – I use it with all my puppies to:

  1. Help build a healthy immune function
  2. Improve their gut floras (good bacteria)
  3. Maintain a healthy digestive system

Simply add the recommended dosage of ½ teaspoon with every meal.



My dog scratches and nibbles her skin, causing bleeding. We regularly check her and haven’t seen fleas but we have found a lot of white spots in her fur when brushing her. We’ve tried flea shampoos and collars, stop itch, and even sprayed her bedding but nothing seems to work. Can you help our itchy dog?


I suspect your pet is suffering from allergies of the skin. The ‘white spots in her fur’ sound like ‘doggie dandruff’ which is generally similar to human dandruff. 

Try the following:

To soothe the skin, I would recommend PAW NutriDerm Replenishing Shampoo & Conditioner twice a week. With gentle sulphate free cleansers, colloidal oatmeal to soothe and Cerasine® to nourish and moisturise itchy, dry skin.

Add an omega supplement such as PAW Dermega® Omega 3 & 6 to your pet’s food to reduce skin inflammation.

As Omega 6 is deficient in allergic dogs, you could try Essential 6® Spot-on, that delivers Omega 6 & other nutrients directly to the skin.

Use a good flea preventative and keep her off any grass for a while to rule out these causes.

If these don’t help, I suggest going to a specialist vet dermatologist to test her for allergies. Good luck!


Kangaroo is low in fat but high in protein. Look out for Blackmores PAW range of tasty kangaroo based healthcare chews, coming soon to a pet store or vet clinic near you.