Dog Health: Inflammation

Dog | Inflammation

An Introduction to Inflammation

Inflammation is a tissue response to injury. A word that results in –itis indicates inflammation is occurring in the organ which precedes the suffix. 


Erin Dowler (veterinarian) – May 2014




Causes of Inflammation

Inflammation occurs as a result any trauma or insult to tissue. Therefore, any organ can be affected.




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Symptoms of Inflammation

Signs of inflammation include redness, heat, swelling and sometimes loss of function. The inflammation can enable micro-organisms to overgrow, causing infection. Inflammation can cause a wide variety of clinical signs, depending on the tissue affected. Examples include:

-  Skin (dermatitis): itching

-  Respiratory (bronchitis): coughing

-  Gastrointestinal (gastroenteritis): vomiting, diarrhoea

Diagnosis

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Treatment of Inflammation

Treatment

Anti-inflammatory medications can be used, but the underlying cause of the inflammation needs to be resolved. The inflammation may cause secondary problems, which also need to be addressed.

Advice/Tips

If you notice signs of inflammation, contact your veterinarian. Getting on to the inflammation early may help prevent secondary consequences.




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