An important potential trigger for chronic inflammation is excess weight. In the past, fat was thought to be an inert tissue that didn’t have any specific biological significance other than to provide insulation and quick energy. New research suggests that fat plays a larger role than once believed. In fact, fat is now considered to be an active part of the endocrine system and has direct influence over the release and regulation of hormones.
Chronic inflammation is a sign your pet’s immune system is out of control. In chronic inflammation there is a faulty distress signal causing the body to continue to release cytokines and the immune system to send out white blood cells unnecessarily. In the absence of any actual pathogens, the white blood cells will start to attack healthy tissue, which then prompts the release of more cytokines. And the cycle continues, wreaking havoc on healthy cells and causing widespread damage to tissue.