Inflammation in the body is a natural protective response to infection, allergens, or foreign molecules. Once the inciting causes are removed, inflammation decreases. However, if the causes are not removed, or there is repeated exposure, a state of chronic inflammation persists in the body.
Chronic inflammatory diseases occur commonly in dogs. Chronic skin disease can occur from allergens invading the dog's body from food, parasites, or the environment. Chronic inflammation occurs in the musculoskeletal system from arthritis. Chronic digestive problems occur from inflammation in the gastrointestinal system, where the damaged intestinal lining leaks and allows the absorption of toxins and allergens into the bloodstream.
In Integrative Veterinary Medicine, we can reduce inflammation via the use of natural plant-derived compounds as well as traditional pharmaceuticals. Bioactive compounds in plants called FLAVONOIDS, are especially useful. Research has proven flavonoids to possess anti-inflammatory actions as well as anti-allergy, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-viral actions. Flavonoids can also protect the heart, liver, and nervous system.
MUCILAGES are medicinal plant compounds that also have anti-inflammatory & antioxidant actions. They are soothing to mucous membranes, relieving irritation, forming a slippery, protective coating, and allowing ulcerated tissues to heal. Combining herbal mucilages with specific amino acids provides us with powerful natural compounds to heal and maintain gut he.
We can introduce these compounds into the diet via:
Herbal Supplement: HoneyPro Vet "DogPro" powder
Herbs: Calendula Chamomile Green tea Gingko biloba. Available as a liquid feed supplement: HoneyPro Vet "Anti-inflammatory Tonic".
Oils: HoneyPro Vet "Dog Drops" Omega 3 marine and Flax oil feed supplement
Fruits: Banana Cranberry Watermelon Apple Blueberry Strawberry
Vegetables: Dark leafy greens Tomato Celery Parsley
Feed 1/4 - 1/2 cup fruit/veg mix daily