How to help your pet win the battle against chronic inflammation
Inflammation is a hot topic of conversation anywhere health and wellness is concerned - and the wellbeing of your pet is no exception. Chronic inflammation is the culprit behind many serious diseases that can make your dog or cat miserable. Knowing how to reduce inflammation in pets begins with understanding what it is, and what causes it.
Know Your Enemy
Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or infection, and is occurs in two forms: acute and chronic. Acute inflammation is normal, and actually essential for healing. For example, when a muscle or joint is injured, it may swell as blood rushes to the area to begin repairing damaged tissue. No problems here.
The real health threat occurs when inflammation becomes long-term, or “chronic” (also known as low-grade or systemic inflammation). Low-grade inflammation in pets plays a role in many chronic diseases that can make life very difficult for your critter. Arthritis, kidney disease and even certain cancers have been linked to systemic inflammation, among many other conditions. Consider, for example, the link between gum disease and heart disease or other complications.
Chronic inflammation can also take a toll on your four-legged friend’s brain chemistry and happiness. Inflammation can promote the accumulation of glutamate in the brain, which inhibits the production of healthy neurotransmitters. As inflammation has been correlated with depression in humans (link), it’s no surprise that it may also contribute to pet anxiety and various behavioral issues.
So, what can you possibly do for your furbabe
that will reduce inflammation and bring more tail wags?
One simple way to help reduce inflammation in dogs and cats is to get moving. Studies have shown that physical activity greatly improves insulin sensitivity, which in turn decreases inflammation and the risk of diabetes. Before you sign your critter up for a 5K race, know that even small bouts of activity will help. Take your pooch outside for a short stroll around the block, or get a fun toy for your kitty to chase around the living room.
Food Therapy is the oldest form of medicine, and often the best prevention or treatment for many diseases. Chronic inflammation is no exception, and can be successfully curbed by good nutrition and quality diet supplementation.
Anti-inflammatory foods, healthy fats, and antioxidant rich foods are all dietary components that will help reduce inflammation. Coconut oil is a wonderful healthy fat that is easy to include in your pet's diet at mealtime or as a tasty treat. The Original CrockPET Diet is the perfect, easy way to deliver all of these things to your pet. Adding probiotics to this healthy diet will also reduce inflammation in the gut, making digestion of these helpful foods more effective.
Fish oil is another major player when it comes to battling chronic inflammation. The Omega 3 fatty acids head straight to the site of trouble, and can help slow the progression of kidney failure and other inflammatory diseases like arthritis.
Amino acids are also your best friend’s best friend. You'll want to make sure your pet is getting plenty of Arginine and Citruline. Amino acids are the building blocks necessary to repair healthy tissue after illness or injury. A diet high in healthy proteins can often provide the amino acids your pets need, but don't be afraid to ask your vet about supplements.
Fighting inflammation in pets may seem like a hard battle. But armed with the right tools, your four legger will be on the road to victory in no time. Keeping them active and on a balanced, healthy diet like The Original CrockPET Diet are sure fire methods to help your pet feel better and heal faster.