How many times have we heard our doctor say “that’s inflamed” or “I am going to give you an anti-inflammatory for that.” What is inflammation, really? Inflammation is actually a very important process that helps protect our body against injury and disease this is true in dogs as well. Unfortunately, though, inflammation can become chronic and then certain diseases can develop. Then there are anti-inflammatory treatments intended to reduce inflammation and swelling in the body. That’s to put it in a nutshell.