Not all inflammatory responses are bad. While we can’t prevent every possible cause of inflammation, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in managing it. Maintaining an optimal weight helps prevent excess strain on the joints and the cardiovascular system, and weight management is most successful through a combination of a healthy diet and exercise. Not only is exercise great for managing weight, one study revealed that a single 20-minute session of moderate exercise stimulated the immune system and reduced inflammation in humans. Exercise activates the nervous system, triggering a release of hormones that then influence immune cells within the body (2).
Some of the more commonly senior diseases we encounter are arthritis, kidney disease, cognitive dysfunction, cardiac disease, and cancer. According to the AVMA, approximately half of the deaths in the pet population over 10 years of age are due to cancer. (1)
Vaccinations are extremely important to the health of both humans and animals. There are several core and recommended vaccines for our pets that help prevent both illness and death and include those that help protect against diseases that are considered zoonotic. Zoonotic diseases are diseases, such as rabies and leptospirosis, and can be transmitted from animals to people. By maintaining our pet's vaccinations, we also help protect ourselves as well.
Losing a pet for any length of time is frightening and devastating for their owners. The anxiety of not knowing where they are, whether they are safe, and if they will be found is enough to make one go crazy. Check out these helpful tips to help minimize the risk of your pet becoming lost.
Heatstroke is an all-too-common, preventable emergency seen in the summer. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, stumbling, generalized weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse. If you are concerned your pet may be experiencing heatstroke, please get them to a veterinarian immediately.
IBD, is a disease which causes inflammation along the gastrointestinal tract. How does this happen? The exact cause is unknown. Multiple factors can contribute to the development of IBD, resulting in the migration of inflammatory cells to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract.
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