23/10/2018 – GERMISTON VET
Injury to or destruction of tissues can cause inflammation which is the localised, protective response resulting from this injury. Inflammation serves to dilute, isolate and destroy both the injurious agent and the injured tissue.
Acute inflammation can be characterised by a few cardinal signs like:
- Loss of Function
Inflammation is a natural defence mechanism against any tissue injury and this usually leads to successful tissue healing. In serious cases, the inflammation process may result in further injury. In these cases, it is recommended that you vet intervenes with anti-inflammatory and/ or analgesic (pain-killing) drugs. Several medications are available to control inflammation and pain. The nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids act predominantly at the site of injury to control this inflammation which in return controls the pain. When consulted by your vet they will be able to select the most appropriate anti-inflammatory drug, depending on the treatment required and also the clinical history of your pet.
Managing Inflammation as a pet owner
- When your vet prescribes any medication or treatment be sure to carry this out correctly.
- Weight is one factor that could cause inflammation and it should be managed. Especially in musculoskeletal conditions. This is beneficial when it comes to any medical or surgical procedures.
- The next imported step is exercise. A good range of motion and muscle building limits wear and tear on the joints is provides through exercise. Leash walking, treadmill walking, swimming, slow jogging and stair climbing are excellent low-impact exercises.
- Physical therapy and massaging are also good and your vet can show you how to carry out these actions. This helps to relax stiff muscles and also provides a good range of motion in joints.
- When pets have arthritic conditions its best to keep them as this keeps them comfortable.
- Flea control is recommended to prevent flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) an inflammatory skin disorder caused by flea bites.
Be on the lookout for the clinical signs of any inflammation in your pets. When symptoms are recognised please contact either the Germiston or Sunnyridge Vet to book an appointment for early treatment.
Call us today to book your appointment. Germiston Vet – 011 902 3507, Sunnyridge Vet – 011 828 4751.