Kramer, my pup, is a shephard-rottie mix. He’s such a smart, handsome and really everything considered the almost perfect dog. The biggest issue I have is figuring out ways to help him with is weak and wobbly hind legs. The weakness and wobbliness is from what I guess is hip dysplasia, a disorder more common in larger breeds.
I read up on surgery, supplements and food. I’ve observed him after we went on runs and after he’s been to day care. It’s evident that the best thing for him is consistent strengthening like light consistent jogging. This not help his hip stability, it helps stimulate his mind. If you’ve had a intelligent dog you understand their need for stimulation.
Since we can’t fix the medical condition we can only work to rid of the inflammation, ensure proper musculoskeletal aligment, mitigate pain and help to strengthen the surrounding muscles. One of the biggest ways to lower inflammation in body is to limit it in the diet.
Chronic inflammation, which is internal inflammation that persists is linked to many health issues including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. The inflammation that occurs after an injury is the body’s natural response to the trauma. Its purpose is to flood the injury site with nourishment and jump start the healing process. Chronic inflammation serves no such purpose and is detrimental to overall health. There are many factors that can lead to chronic inflammation including lack of exercise, stress, and poor diet.
Inflammation is harmful to the health of dogs just as it is to humans. One of the keys to keeping a dog’s inflammation at bay is a healthy diet. There are an assortment of spices and foods that can be a first line of defense against chronic inflammation. Some of the more commonly used foods in commercial pet food recipes are listed below.
Dog Food Ingredients that are Anti-inflammatory
Spices that combat inflammation Herbs and spices contain an assortment of vitamins and minerals, and can be a great way to prevent chronic inflammation. Some of the more powerful anti-inflammatory spices include:
You could always add some in to their bowls. Obviously, not too much- add a little at a time to see what they like best then stick with it. Besides being anti-inflammatory, these spices can improve the taste of the food. Furthermore, spices can act as natural preservatives, and can extend the freshness of dog food and eliminate the need for artificial (and potentially harmful) preservatives.
Food that combat inflammation
There are several foods that have anti-inflammatory properties, any of which are commonly found in dog food recipes.
- Animal-based omega 3 fatty acids, like those found in fatty fish or eggs- Kramer loves eggs and I share everyday I cook eggs.
- Berries, especially blueberries, and many other fruits like papaya and cherries.
- Leafy greens and vegetables, including kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, squash, pumpkin, bell peppers, sweet potato.
These foods are great additions to any dog food recipe. Besides being anti-inflammatory, they provide a natural source of sweetness and flavor, which is much better than added sugars or other “natural flavors”. Fruits and vegetables are also the preferred way to add color to dog food, and are a much better alternative than the artificial colors that are often found in the lower quality foods.