Inflammation in dogs can cause chronic inflammation and the effects can be damaging.
What is inflammation?
Just as humans do, dogs experience inflammation in a variety of ways. The most common types are inflammation of the joints, skin, and internal tissues.
To be clear, inflammation alone isn't bad. In fact, it's the body fighting off any "harmful" intruders. However, if pet parents don't have an understanding on what causes inflammation it can become a chronic issue. Chronic inflammation can lead to many health conditions such as infections, arthritis, diabetes, skin inflammation, cancer and even obesity
Chronic inflammation occurs when free radicals are released from cells undergoing oxidative stress. The cells become inflamed and stay that way instead of repairing themselves.
Factors leading to inflammation
Nutrients & diet
Having a healthy diet that has the REAL nutrients is crucial.
Did you know that if the healthy fats in your dogs diet are off balance, it can cause inflammation?
Omega-6 and Omega-3’s are required in your dog's diet as they can’t produce them on their own. These Omegas must be balanced since omega-6 promotes inflammation and omega-3 reduces it. Most commercial food on the market doesn't account for this.
Having an unbalanced diet overall is never good. It can cause food allergies (which cause inflammation), healthy issues and many other problems.
Being sensitive and intolerant to foods is a major cause of inflammation.
Most pet parents aren’t even sure what their dog may be sensitive to or read the signs before it gets bad. This is a common reason why dogs gain weight, since sensitivities lead to inflammation and inflammation is one of the causes of obesity in dogs.
Dogs can also have low level inflammation from consuming inflammatory foods along side having food sensitivities as well as environmental sensitivities/allergies.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer recommended feeding instructions doesn’t account for your dog’s age, lifestyle, activity level, health or other factors into consideration.
Overfeeding and weight gain can cause inflammation in dogs.
What steps to take
Know their diet
The best place to start is your dog’s diet. Make sure you really know what you’re feeding them. There are a lot of sneaky toxic ingredients found in typical canned food and kibble. If you suspect food sensitivity, start by going back to the basics. For a couple of weeks, feed your dog a super bland diet. It’s best if it’s fresh and with higher quality ingredients to see if that reduces the symptoms.
Get their health back on track
As a preventative measure, or even as a way to get their health back on track, use our BetterJoints formula as a way to ensure they're getting the right nutrients to help fight inflammation. You can read more about the anti-inflammatory foods included in our formula here.
Ask your vet
You can also work with your vet to identify food sensitivities.
Be cautious - most vets will recommend a bland kibble that they have a direct partnership with.
This happened to Lido, but I decided to do a more homemade approach to get to the bottom of his stomach issues.
Turns out, after I stopped feeding him his kibble made with lamb, his tummy issues stopped!
Sometimes, all it takes is just going back to the basics.
Inflammation is a huge part of our dog’s health and wellness. Be the advocate that your pet deserves.
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