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Autoimmune Disorders

Autoimmune Disorder

Herbal remedies that support and balance immunity and to reduce the effects of autoimmune disorders in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body, to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders, directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressive or stimulating, but in cases of dysfunction, requires whole body systemic support. The animal immune system is intricate and keeps animals healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

Autoimmune disease occurs when one or more components of the dog's immune system become overactive and the ability of the immune system to distinguish between "self" and "foreign" is lost. This page looks at the common causes and symptoms of canine autoimmune diseases, as well as using natural remedies such as herbs and supplements to help dogs with autoimmune diseases.

The immune system is a marvelous yet complex composition of white blood cells, antibodies, and other substances, all of which cooperate in an interdependent effort to fight off infections and reject foreign proteins. It is an army patrolling and guarding the body from "invasions" by foreign substances.

Different body organs and tissues play different roles in this self defense effort. The liver and kidneys are responsible for filtering toxins and waste from the blood. The skin is the first line of defense against bacteria and other environmental threats. The blood carries antibodies, oxygen and nutrients to where they are needed to fight against invasions.

After fighting, the spleen filters the blood and traps those remaining foreign bodies not killed by the body's army. The lymphatic system cleanses and nourishes cells and tissues and transport the "immune army" to those parts of the body that cannot be reached effectively by the blood.

Autoimmune disease occurs when one or more components of your pet’s immune system become overactive and the ability of the immune system to distinguish between "self" and "foreign" is lost. In this situation, the system cannot tell whether some proteins are part of the dog's body tissue or organ, or whether they are from the outside. As a result, "mistakes" occur - the immune system produces antibodies that attack and destroy the body's cells and organs, instead of producing antibodies to defend the body against foreign proteins such as bacteria and viruses. Autoimmune disease may be restricted to a single organ or region or the whole animal.

Some examples of autoimmune disease in dogs resulting from an overactive immune system are:

Autoimmune diseases of the skin such as Pemphigus Vulgaris

Addison's disease

Canine inflammatory bowel disease

Canine systemic lupus

Rheumatoid arthritis

Allergies (a hypersensitive immune system)

The exact causes of autoimmune disease in dogs are not known, but likely culprits include:

Overuse of vaccines, antibiotics, and steroid drugs

Environmental pollutants

Food preservatives such as ethoxyquin

Chemicals found in pesticides, chemical flea and tick treatments, etc.

Some of the symptoms in dogs, reported prior to diagnosis, include:

Diarrhea with or without blood

Lethargy and depression

Weakness and intolerance to exercise

Skin lesions and ulceration

Nasal, oral, and anal lesions

Stiff joints and lameness

Anemia

Seizures

Loss of appetite

Body odor

Weight gain (if thyroid is affected)

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies contain plant chemicals that help to support and balance the immune system, to moderate autoimmune disorders and an overactive immune system, to scavenge free radicals, to reduce oxidative stress on the body, to balance digestion and provide skin support, to deliver nutrients and to support general health and wellness. 

I Feel Good–  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces inflammation, provides dermal support and growth of healthy cells and tissues in the body’s defense mechanism, reduces the histamine trigger for contact allergies, seasonal and chronic allergens, pathogens, skin rashes, infections, hot spots, inflammation, swelling, hair loss, itching and geriatria (dull coat, lethargy), for all types of arthritis, including Degenerative Joint Disease, Osteoarthritis, Osteroporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains plant and marine extracts that promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles, supports healthy immune and inflammatory response, for rheumatism, for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease, Intervertebral Disk Disease and arthrosis, for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases, for pain, as a pain reliever for swelling and lack of mobility, for overall optimal health and function and as a natural alternative for tumors and cysts.

The Daily Paws – (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

Related Products:

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), to promote immunity, cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste, to help treat bacterial infections and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to support and tone the lymphatic system, to balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, to support and maintain healthy thyroid function and to soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, for allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), to stimulate tissue repair and for all types of arthritis.

Yelp for Kelp - (learn more) provides critical trace nutrient support for the endocrine system, to energize the body, for building and toning enzymes, tissues, hormones and bones, for enhancing natural cleansing and detoxification, for anemia, as an osteoporosis preventative, to promote immunity and for metabolic disorders, including the thyroid gland and other glands and tissues that affect the thyroid, for thyroid disorders, to cleanse the lymphatic system, to maintain healthy levels of TSH, T3 and T4, and for metabolic disorders.

Conventional Remedies:

Autoimmune disease has multiple symptoms depending on the organs and/or body systems that are being targeted. Diagnosis is difficult since most of the symptoms tend to mimic other conditions. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from some type of immune-mediated disease, be sure to see a vet for a proper examination.

Holistic veterinarians believe that the key to a strong immune system and hence autoimmune disease prevention is a natural, nutritious diet, together with herbs and other natural supplements that can support or balance the immune system.

Conventional vets will likely prescribe antibiotics combined with proper diet and exercise.

 

 

 


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