How to Spot Inflammation in Your Dog

Our furry companions can't always tell us when they're feeling under the weather. That's why it's crucial for us, their pet parents, to be aware of the signs and symptoms that might indicate something's wrong. Inflammation, a process triggered by the body's immune system, is a common issue in dogs and can lead to serious health problems if left untreated. While inflammation itself isn't necessarily a disease, it can be a sign of underlying conditions like allergies, infections, or arthritis.

The key is to catch it early. By recognizing the signs of inflammation in your dog, you can get them the veterinary care they need to feel better and prevent further complications.

Signs and Symptoms to Watch For:

1. Physical Signs

  • Swelling and Redness: Localized puffiness or redness, especially around joints, paws, or ears, can indicate inflammation in those areas.
  • Limping or Difficulty Moving: Pain is a common symptom of inflammation. If your dog is limping, favoring a leg, or hesitant to jump or climb stairs, it could be a sign of inflammation in the muscles, bones, or joints.
  • Loss of Appetite: Pain or discomfort caused by inflammation can make eating unappealing for your dog.
  • Fever: A fever can be a sign of inflammation throughout the body.

2. Behavioral Changes

  • Lethargy: Normally energetic dogs who become withdrawn or sluggish could be experiencing inflammation-related discomfort.
  • Irritability and Restlessness: Pain or discomfort can also make dogs irritable or restless. Watch for excessive whining, pacing, or growling, especially when touched in certain areas.
  • Excessive Licking or Chewing: If your dog focuses on licking or biting specific areas persistently, it could be a sign of pain or irritation caused by inflammation.

3. Digestive Issues

  • Vomiting and Diarrhea: Inflammation in the digestive tract can disrupt normal gut function, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, or both.
  • Gas, Constipation, or Straining: These digestive issues can also be signs of inflammation in the intestines or bowels.

4. Respiratory Symptoms

  • Coughing, Wheezing, or Rapid Breathing: Inflammation in the airways or lungs can make breathing difficult, leading to coughing, wheezing, or rapid breathing.
  • Nasal Discharge: A runny nose can be a sign of inflammation in the nasal passages or sinuses.

5. Skin and Coat Changes

  • Dry, Itchy Skin and Excessive Shedding: Inflammation can disrupt the skin's natural moisture barrier, leading to dryness, itchiness, and excessive shedding.
  • Hot Spots: These localized areas of inflamed, irritated skin can be very uncomfortable for your dog.
  • Lesions: Open sores or irritated patches on the skin can be signs of inflammation caused by allergies, infections, or other underlying issues.

6. Joint and Muscle Problems

  • Stiffness: Inflammation in joints or muscles can make movement stiff and painful.
  • Difficulty Moving: Similar to limping, difficulty getting up, climbing stairs, or reluctance to play can indicate pain caused by inflammation.
  • Muscle Weakness or Atrophy: Inflammation can lead to muscle weakness or wasting (atrophy) in the affected area.

Managing Inflammation with Rose-Hip Vital® Canine

While medication is sometimes necessary, there are also natural ways to support your dog's health and manage inflammation. Rose-Hip Vital® Canine is a powerful, clinically proven 100% natural plant-based anti-inflammatory and immune system support for improving joint health and general well-being of active and aging dogs.

Used to treat inflammation, prevent joint issues, supplement nutrition and improve performance, Rose-Hip Vital® Canine’s unique combination of anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants and natural vitamin C put it in a category all on its own.

Rose-Hip Vital powder is backed by more than 30 scientific studies including 9 double-blind placebo controlled clinical trials. For a full set of scientific studies and presentations see our Scientific Research page.

How Does Rose-Hip Vital® Canine Help with Inflammation?

Patented extraction and drying processes isolate and activate the galactolipid/fatty acid called GOPO® which has scientifically proven anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. GOPO® is the active compound in Rose-Hip Vital® Canine which makes it unique. GOPO® works by stopping excess white blood cells from gathering around inflamed tissue, thereby breaking the cycle of inflammation and protecting cartilage. 

Rose-Hip Vital® Canine is the only canine supplement in Singapore that contains GOPO®.  To understand more about how GOPO® works, click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is inflammation always serious? Not all inflammation is a cause for immediate alarm. However, it's important to consult your veterinarian to determine the underlying cause and ensure it doesn't worsen.
  • Can diet affect inflammation? Absolutely! Certain foods can trigger inflammation in dogs. Your veterinarian can help create a dietary plan to manage your dog's specific needs.
  • How do vets diagnose inflammation? Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination, blood tests, and sometimes X-rays or other imaging techniques.
  • Can inflammation be prevented? Maintaining a healthy weight, providing a balanced diet, and regular exercise can all help reduce your dog's risk of inflammation.
  • Is Rose-Hip Vital® Canine safe for long-term use? Rose-Hip Vital® Canine is safe to be used long-term to maintain joint health and general wellbeing.

The Bottom Line

By being aware of the signs and symptoms of inflammation, you can take charge of your dog's health. If you suspect inflammation, seek veterinary guidance promptly. Additionally, consider incorporating natural solutions like Rose-Hip Vital® Canine into your dog's diet or treatment plan to promote overall well-being and manage inflammation effectively. Remember, a healthy and happy dog is a reward worth prioritizing! So take action today and ensure your furry friend thrives!

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