Many of the most common health issues that we experience as humans either occur as a result of or often lead to inflammation in our bodies - and the same can be said for dogs as well. It is critical as their owners that we understand what inflammation is and which symptoms to look out for. Only then can we identify if this is an area for concern within our pups and determine what the best steps are to remediate the problem.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a process which activates the body’s immune system. When the body is faced with any kind of threat (viruses, bacteria, physical injury etc.) the immune system sends out large numbers of white blood cells to protect against the perceived threat. This can result in feelings of discomfort or changes of appearance in the affected area. Although inflammation is a positive response of the body’s immune system to protect against a negative external threat - it is our duty as owners to monitor our dogs regularly and provide them with the right care to minimize the risk of it becoming a chronic issue. One of the easiest ways to do so is by carefully considering their diet.
Types of inflammation in dogs and symptoms to look out for
Inflammation in dogs isn’t always easy to detect. By first understanding what inflammation is and the different types of inflammation which exist - this will make it easier to identify whether the problem exists within your beloved pup.
Digestive tract inflammation
This is the most common type of inflammation found in dogs today. This is mainly due to the fact that commercial pet food diets today come with many filler ingredients which don’t digest that well - especially in the smaller breeds and dogs with sensitive stomachs. Pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas, is the most common variation of digestive tract inflammation.
Skin and tissue inflammation
Inflammation of the skin is a condition known as dermatitis which presents itself in the form of a red rash or hives. Inflammation of the ear is a condition known as otitis which . Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the tissue surrounding the eye which can also lead to redness in the eye. All of these conditions can be developed by dogs with allergies to certain foods, dust, or even seasonal. Oftentimes these types of inflammation can result in bacterial and yeast infections if left unattended for too long.
Similar to how humans suffer from arthritis as we age, the same thing applies for dogs as well. Arthritis is a condition where there is inflammation within the joints. On the other hand, osteoarthritis is a more frequent issue in dogs which results from the accumulation of smaller injuries to the joint over time. If your dog is suffering from arthritis you want to make sure this is attended to ASAP to avoid the risk of it leading to osteoarthritis which is a chronic condition
Signs and symptoms of inflammation in dogs:
- Redness of the skin
- Warmth, swelling or foul smell around the affected area
- Limping or difficulty standing up, walking, jumping etc.
- Loss of appetite or lethargy
- Vomiting or diarrhea
How TRATEZ helps solve inflammation in dogs
The great thing about TRATEZ is that we have high quality, naturally sourced supplements which help fight against all types of inflammation commonly found in our dogs today. All of our supplements contain ingredients which have anti-inflammatory properties to protect the targeted part of the body against all types of inflammation. Even if your dog is just a young puppy, TRATEZ Multivitamin is highly recommended for owners who want to take a more proactive versus reactive approach to their dog’s health.