What can you give a dog for inflammation?

Dogs are man’s best friend, but even the most loyal of companions can suffer from inflammation. Whether it’s caused by injury, infection or allergic reactions, it can cause discomfort and distress to our furry friends. So what can we do about it? Here’s everything you need to know about managing inflammation in dogs.

Understanding Inflammation

Before we delve into remedies and treatments for inflammation in dogs, let’s get a good understanding of the condition itself. Inflammation is an immune system response that causes swelling, redness, heat and pain around affected areas of the body. It usually results from injury or infection as your dog’s body tries to protect itself and fight off any foreign invaders.

In other cases like autoimmune diseases such as lupus or arthritis that affects many older dogs; however – this same overly aggressive immunity ends up causing damage rather than repairing things 🔥🔥🔥

Signs Your Dog Has Inflammation

Symptoms of canine inflammation aren’t always clear-cut so if your pup has one or more symptoms listed below then they might be suffering from inflamation:

  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing / sneezing
  • Red eyes / eyes discharging goo (not normal eye gunk)
  • Skin problems such as allergies or rashes

Thankfully there is still hope! Read on to explore some home remedies AND medical options you could safely try for treating canine inflammation (but please DO follow your vet’s advice when dealing with medication!).

Home Remedies For Treating Candida Overgrowth

Candida overgrowth often goes hand-in-hand with low-level chronic infections whose persistence depends on continuous high-carbohydrate intake/refined diet💩

Apple cider vinegar: If Fido isn’t too picky (like most pups are 😜), adding small amounts of apple cider vinegar to their drinking water or applying it directly on the inflamed areas can help reduce swelling and discomfort. Apple Cider Vinegar is known to have natural anti-inflammatory properties, which can also come in handy if your pooch has skin issues.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Adding fresh fish (e.g., Raw Sardines) or fish oil supplements rich with omega-3 fatty acids 🐟🧐👉could help bring down inflammation levels as well!

Medical Treatment Options

If home remedies aren’t cutting it you will need medical intervention. So let’s check out what you need to know about some medications that may be prescribed by your vet:

Nonsteroidal anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) – These are used widespread because they’re very effective for treating inflammation-related pain but note gentle giants like Great Danes might not respond so well with these 💪🏽💊; always follow dosage instructions carefully!

Corticosteroids: When NSAID’s aren’t strong enough, corticosteroids may be appropriate… however ALWAYS FOLLOW DOCTOR ORDERS, please don’t just walk into a pharmacy and decide what dose of Dexamethasone Steroid Injection is going into your boy Thor 🙅‍♀️

Precautions You Need To Take When Giving Your Dog Medication

While medication options are often much more effective at treating canine inflammation than taking the DIY approach, there are things you should keep in mind when giving your pup medication:

  1. Always consult with your vet first before administering any medications/supplements
  2. Ensure dosages given are appropriate for weight / age / breed
  3. Follow all veterinary directions carefully
  4. NEVER share human medicine! Some over-the-counter meds can actually prove dangerous for Fido 👮‍♂️

What to Remember When Treating Canine Inflammation

No matter which approach you take – home remedies or over-the-counter medication by following your vet’s directions- managing inflammation in dogs should not be taken lightly. By keeping yourself informed of the different approaches and taking all precautions, you can help ensure that your furry friend will receive proper treatment for infection and pain.


You’re always more than welcome to try some natural anti-inflammatory supplements like Turmeric N Ginger Powder if going the DIY/home route;
Do visit with your personal veterinarian before administering any medicine/supplements 💕🐾.
Ensure leashes never lay about on floors where they can catch eyeballs👀 just kidding (well kinda 😝)

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