🐶 A study published last week found that fearful dogs had significantly higher blood levels of glutamine and other metabolites which may impact your dog's health. Fear activates the sympathetic nervous system and the body is stimulated to release cortisol. However, highly fearful dogs are found to be under chronic stress which leads to recurrent stimulation and chronic elevations in cortisol. This not only leads to hypertension, it may result in the increased glutamine levels observed in the studied dogs. These changes in glutamine metabolism have also been linked to neurologic disorders, may affect liver function, and feed cancer cell growth.
🧘🏻♀️Reducing fear and stress in your dog's life is an important part of keeping our pets healthy. If you are dealing with a fearful dog, it is important to find a certified trainer that can properly work with your pet. In addition there is nutritional therapy, herbs, and essential oils that a qualified practitioner may be able to assist you with. - Bea Adams
• Puurunee, J. Tiira, K., Vapahlahti, K., Lehotonen, M., Hanhineva, K., Lohi, H. 2018. Fearful dogs have increased plasma glutamine and gamma-glutamyl glutamine.Scientific Reports. 15976(8):1.
• Chen, L., Cui, H. Targeting glutamine induces apoptosis: A cancer therapy approach. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2015.16:22830-22855.
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