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Should We Be Turning Off Inflammation?

When you walk down the aisle of a grocery store, plenty of options are available to treat inflammation. 

The drugs that treat this inflammation fall into one of two categories: 

  1. Corticosteroids 
  2. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

 

But What is Inflammation? 

It’s best to discuss inflammation so we know exactly what we’re talking about. 

Inflammation is created by the beautiful Mother Nature as a signal. This signal says that something is wrong. For the most part inflammation is to help us, not harm us. 

Inflammation has a few obvious signs: 

  1. Redness
  2. Heat
  3. Swelling
  4. Pain

It can be easy to ignore the first three signs, but the last one…

Not so much. 

When we feel pain as a result of inflammation, it’s difficult to pretend like there isn’t a problem. 

 

Two Types:

Two types of inflammation exist. Acute and Chronic. Acute pain is perfectly normal. It’s our body’s way of healing, is minor, and typically goes away relatively quickly. Think of a sprained ankle or a broken bone. The site of the affected area swells up, but eventually heals within a few weeks or a few months. The problem is only short term and you are able to resume your life as normal.

The same cannot be said for chronic inflammation. This does NOT go away quickly and tends to linger. It is highly noticeable, and for our pets it is obvious something is wrong. The list is extensive, but chronic inflammation can include arthritis, itchy skin, inflamed ears, inflammatory bowel disease, asthma, gum disease, and even cancer. 

When any of these problems occur, the vet immediately goes for an anti-inflammatory to relieve the issue. 

 

The Danger of Turning Off Inflammation

These drugs pose a problem for your animal, even though they seem like they are “helping.” 

  1. They mask pain.
  2. They have toxic side effects.
  3. They wreak havoc on the stomach and digestive system. 
  4. They can damage the liver and kidneys. 
  5. They damage joints (for which they are often given). 
  6. Some have even caused deaths. 

Common members of the NSAID community include: 

  1. Rimadyl (carprofen)
  2. Metacam (meloxicam)
  3. Deramaxx (deracoxib)
  4. Previcox (firocoxib)
  5. EtoGesic (etodolac)
  6. Aspirin 
  7. Ibuprofen (common for human use)

A list of the common side effects seen: 

  1. Decrease/Increase in appetite. 
  2. Vomiting.
  3. Change in bowel movements (such as diarrhea, or black, tarry, or bloody stools). 
  4. Change in behavior (such as decreased or increased activity level, incoordination, seizure, or aggression). 
  5. Yellowing of gums, skin, or whites of the eyes (jaundice). 
  6. Change in drinking habits (frequency or amount consumed). 
  7. Change in urination habits (frequency, color or smell). 
  8. Change in skin (redness, scabs, or scratching). 
  9. Unexpected weight loss. 

If you see these, you are urged to stop using the drug immediately and report it to your vet or physician. 

 

How to Avoid It? Homeopathy

In order to avoid these side effects and get your pet on the right track, the homeopathic route is the best to take. 

The health protocol will avoid all those side effects and they will work towards a cure, rather than covering up the problem. 

It may not be the quick fix as promised by the vet, but over time your dog will feel better, healthier, and thank you for it!

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