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20 Best Foods for a Boxer with Arthritis

Written by: Z


Z is a Special Project Coordinator of HomeLife Media and a writer for She has 3 dogs namely Skye, Luna, and one of them is a rescue, named Tesla.Read more
| Published on May 6, 2023
Is your boxer suffering from joint pain or arthritis? You’re not alone. Members of our I Love My Boxer Facebook community recently shared their insights on the following question: What food would you recommend for a Boxer with arthritis? We received hundreds of helpful replies and below have compiled some of the best responses.


Always remember to consult your veterinarian before making any health changes to your boxer’s diet, especially if they are suffering from arthritis or other medical issues. iHeartDogs is reader supported, so some of the links below may be affiliate links where we receive a small commission at no additional cost to you.

20 Best Dog Foods for a Boxer with Arthritis or Joint Pain

I’m not sure there is a food that is recommended for arthritis, but it’s a good question for the vet. There are lots of meds, both traditional and holistic, that can help as can PT, stretching, massage, laser, acupuncture, keeping the pet lean etc etc.

Author: Rachel S.

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Any senior diet with a joint supplement in it, I use Diamond senior had joint supplement and in 3 weeks you could tell the difference

Author: Donna M P.

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Something high in fatty acids and glucosamine. Grain free. I would give a glucosamine supplement as well. I have to give my girl baby aspirin when she’s not wanting to move

Author: Bea N.

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Raw!! Or gently cooked. Remove all carbs such as rice, potatoes etc. Carbs make inflammation much worse. Went through this with my 12 year old lab mix. Arthritis so bad I thought I would have to put her to sleep. Changed her diet to raw, use natural anti-inflammatories and she is like a new dog!!

Author: Susan Elizabeth M.

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Nutri source and CBD but don’t buy it in a pet shop

Author: Dianna M.

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Lamb no brewers rice or corn take Boswell for inflammation. No side effects.

Author: Dawn M. M.

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I give my dog glucosamine for her arthritis. It really helps. Good luck

Author: Mary Bawn H.

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I’ve been feeding my dog freshpet

Author: Jen W.

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My boxer gets meds: tramadol, gabapentin and carprofen. I also give her joint supplements. Vet never recommended any certain food though

Author: Shannon K.

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My girl has arthritis and hip dysplasia. She takes tramadol and a joint supplement. Two years ago I began making food that she gets morning and evening and then I give Lamb/rice dry. I only give the tramadol when she is having a bad day.

Author: Kim Davis M.

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Purina Pro Plan Joint Management, supplemented with Dasuquin. Meds if needed! My boy is on 1 carprofen daily, sometimes 2 if it’s a rough day. But the food has been amazing for him!

Author: Kayla S.

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Glucosamine really helped my old girl. 1 human pill daily. She was jumping up n down like she was a puppy again

Author: Helena Walker-M.

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Brand?? None, raw diet is the best route! My boy had severe skin issues and bad allergies. Since I started his raw diet 4 years ago, no issues at all!

Author: Kirt D. D’ A.

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Merrick cause it has built in glucosamine in it that helps with arthritis..

Author: Craig W B.

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Add Sardines 2-3 every meal. GREAT omega oils to help. Water solution only! They stinks, but they help with so much. Digestion, skin/ cute, joints and more.

Author: Rani G.

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Give him nothing with sugar in it, it causes inflammation. food won’t cure arthritis but little things help as long as he’s not suffering or cant get up.

Author: Donna S.

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Fromm Senior

Author: Paul M.

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Anything with salmon oil my boy loves butchers. Joint and coats. Meat and then I order with extra fish oils. And he has the dried salmon fish skins as treats and all other fish from bitba. He’s almost 12.

Author: Zoe L.

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How old is you pet, mine is 4 and had lots of stiffness, found brand called Victor with supplements in it she doing great now, it is expensive.

Author: Susan P.

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Farmers dog

Author: Desiree F.

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Managing arthritis in boxers requires a holistic approach that emphasizes a well-balanced, anti-inflammatory diet. Integrating ingredients rich in fish oil for dogs, antioxidants, and natural supplements like glucosamine for dogs and chondroitin can significantly improve joint health and mobility. Consult with a veterinarian to personalize your boxer’s dietary plan, accounting for breed, size, and specific health requirements. By incorporating these food recommendations and maintaining a healthy weight, you will not only alleviate your dog’s arthritis symptoms but also boost their overall well-being, ensuring a happier, more comfortable life for your boxer. 
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