Unleashing the Power of Immunity: A Basic Guide to Keeping Your Furry Friend Happy and Healthy
Updated: Mar 15
The immune system is a complex network that plays a vital role in protecting our pets from diseases and infections.
In this post, we will explore the different ways the immune system works and natural ways to support it. We will also discuss some of the factors that can negatively impact the immune system.
A dog's immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body from harmful pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, and fungi. The immune system has two main components: innate immunity and adaptive immunity. Innate immunity provides the first line of defense against invading pathogens and is composed of physical barriers such as the skin and mucous membranes, as well as specialized cells such as neutrophils, macrophages, and natural killer cells. These cells can quickly detect and destroy invading pathogens.
Adaptive immunity, on the other hand, is more specific and develops over time. When a dog is exposed to a new pathogen, specialized immune cells called T and B lymphocytes are activated. B cells produce antibodies that can recognize and bind to the pathogen, while T cells can directly attack infected cells. Once the pathogen has been cleared, some of these immune cells remain in the body as memory cells, allowing for a quicker and more effective response if the dog is exposed to the same pathogen again.
However, the immune system is not infallible, and sometimes it can overreact or underreact, leading to allergies or autoimmune diseases, respectively. Additionally, certain factors such as age, stress, and underlying health conditions can weaken the immune system, making the dog more susceptible to infections.
A healthy immune system is crucial to our pets, and there are natural ways to boost their immune systems.
Start by providing a healthy diet. 80% of our dog's immunity is stored and controlled in the gut. Feeding your dog a balanced diet that is rich in nutrients and vitamins can help support their immune system. A moisture rich diet that includes high-quality proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables can provide the necessary vitamins and minerals that your dog needs to stay healthy. If possible a raw, fresh species appropriate diet is going to give the best benefits. Although we know not everyone can do feed pure raw, however studies have shown adding 20% fresh ingredients to your dog's meals hve huge benefits.
Exercise: Regular exercise can help keep your dog's immune system strong. Exercise helps to stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic drainage, which can help to remove toxins from the body and reduce inflammation. This doesnt mean a 5 mile walk but some definate structured play and short walks can help.
Provide clean water: Access to clean and fresh filtered water is essential for maintaining a healthy immune system. Make sure to change your dog's water bowl daily and keep it clean.
Reduce stress: Chronic stress can weaken your dog's immune system. Try to minimize your dog's exposure to stressful situations and provide a calm and comfortable environment for them.
Vaccines are of course a major contributing factor here, 80% of dogs show symptoms of autoimmune issues relatively soon after vaccination. They are full of mercury, which has been shown since 1935 to be terrible for us. That's why it's always a better alternative to approach immunization with holistic methods like no sodes.
Remember immunization does not mean vaccination. If you chose to vaccinate, avoid over-vaccination. While vaccinations are important for protecting your dog from certain diseases, over-vaccination can weaken the immune system. Talk to your veterinarian about titre testing and come up with the best vaccination schedule for your dog. Or contact a Holistic veterinarian to help you formulate a more natural plan for your dog.
Provide supplements: Some supplements can help to support your dog's immune system, such as omega-3 fatty acids, probiotics, and antioxidants. The more natural the supplement the more they will help your pet. Adding raw fermented milk to your dog's diet can provide enzymes, probiotics, powerful antioxidants, essential fatty acids, concentrated vitamins (such as essential vitamin K2) and trace minerals in a live, whole food form. Fermented goat milk promotes overall good health
However, several factors can negatively affect your dog's immune system. Poor diet, lack of exercise, exposure to toxins, stress, over-vaccination, and age are some of the factors that can weaken the immune system and make your pet more susceptible to illnesses and diseases.
Diminished immunity can result from the use of antibiotics and steroids, which are some of the most common causes. Antibiotics eliminate both good and bad bacteria, leaving behind a depleted gut microbiome. Strengthening the immune system through natural remedies and a healthy diet can often reduce the need for antibiotics. On the other hand, steroids directly suppress the immune system, leading to issues like Cushing's syndrome, increased thirst, bladder problems, and bloating with prolonged use.
The cleaners we use in our home can affect your dog's immunity as well as anything with put in, on or aorund our pets.
In conclusion, supporting your pet's immune system is essential for their overall health and well-being. By providing a healthy diet, regular exercise, clean water, and reducing stress, you can naturally bolster their immune system. Additionally, be mindful of the factors that can negatively impact their immune system and take steps to minimize their exposure to these factors. By taking a natural and preventative approach, you can help your pet live a longer, healthier, and happier life.
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Bones & Co Goats Milk, OPen Farm Goats Milk & Kefir, Answers Goats Milk
Rogue Pet Science Origins, Transfer Factor
Some natural Flea & Tick control that I use and share with clients.
Raw and lightly cooked food for your dog that is delivered straight to your door.
If you have detailed questions and would like a consult with a certified Naturopath