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Immune Support for Dogs / Immune Support for Cats

Immune SupportPet supplements to help provide immune support for dogs and cats.

Herbal remedies for cats and dogs to boost immunity and help prevent immune system diseases.

The immune system is a complex army of cells that are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is tasked with supporting normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. When disease and dysfunction present, your pet may require greater whole body systemic support. 

Why Does My Pet Need Immune Support?

When your pet’s health has been compromised by a serious health issue, environmental stress or the result of normal aging, dogs and cats can benefit from an immune support product that includes natural vitamins, minerals, healthy fatty acids and antioxidants that aid healthy organ function and help to reduce damage caused by free radicals or any type of foreign invader. In addition to supporting balanced immunity, immune support products can also help to stimulate immunity (necessary when immunity is seriously compromised), or to calm an overactive immune system. 

The immune system is resilient and powerful, providing an invisible and ongoing protection against viruses, bacteria, foreign cells and even an animal’s own body. In cases when healthy cells have mutated into irregular cells, such as in the presence of cancer, even a healthy, highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure.

Many animals suffer from allergies that are caused by a hypersensitive reaction of the immune system to environmental allergens, most often related to food that contain corn, wheat and soy as well as scents, such as dry sheets and air fresheners. When these antigens enter the animal’s body, the immune system tends to over react and the antibodies quickly create a histamine response, which results in an allergic reaction. Unfortunately, it begins a maddening cycle of allergic responses in your pet's body, and the is often difficult to isolate and diagnose.

These reactions differ in severity and may include itchiness, lesions, blocked sinus, asthma, eczema, hot spots and contact dermatitis. When cells of the immune system over-produce and are imbalanced, auto immune diseases such as arthritis or cancer present. 

Conventional veterinarians usually recommend antibiotics, glucosteroids or corticosteroids. However, when an animal is struggling with a compromised immune system, these medications can add an extra layer of burden to a system already unable to repair itself. And antibiotics are not effective against viruses and should not be given to a pet for a viral infection.

Antibiotics and steroids also do not address the underlying cause of disease. The more frequently your pet is given antibiotics and steroids, the more depressed their immune systems becomes, the more susceptible they become to disease and infection, creating a vicious cycle of drug use, which further compromises immunity. The end result typically prevents in serious, and sometimes, fatal diseases and conditions.  

Instead of suppressing symptoms, natural herbs and supplements work to treat the underlying conditions that cause the symptoms. Symptoms are signs that your pet's body is fighting to return to a state of balance. Natural products work to get at the root of the actual health problem and give your pet a fighting chance to return to the happy, healthy, bouncing, licking, jumping family member that you love! 

Organic Remedies - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets for this disease or condition - human grade meets highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to promote a healthy immune system; are used holistically as an immune tonic to naturally fight off infection and disease without the drawbacks of antibiotic and steroid therapy; to cleanse, detoxify and purify the animal body through elimination of excess waste and toxins; to function as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain reliever), anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, immunologic, blood cleanser and body purifying agent that address histamine triggers that are often responsible for allergic reactions and food sensitivities; to help correct and eliminate improper histamine response; to support healthy digestion and bowel support and to assist recovery from illness or infection. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) promotes healthy immune response, reduces all types of 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, Osteoporosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and symptoms associated with rheumatism, including pain, strains, injuries, muscle pain, swelling and lack of mobility; reduces all types of inflammation, particularly from the heart to brain; plus contains prebiotics and probiotics useful in balancing digestive health and function plus much more. Recognized as one of the most important medicinal plants of the whole world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

All Shins & Grins – (learn more) supports the skin’s ability to withstand environmental toxin, antigen and microorganism exposure due to its Vitamin C and antioxidant content, promotes optimal immune responsepromotes strong teeth, bone, skin and coat, reduces allergic (acute and chronic) skin reactions and irritations, hot spots and soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infections and provides general mood support.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) promotes healthy cell and cell membrane support; also promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals; standardizes normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts and tumors; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support.

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), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, 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.

Other helpful suggestions:

Your pet should get plenty of uninterrupted sleep to maintain immunity. 

Feed your pet a wholesome, nutritious diet free of corn, wheat and soy, with fresh vegetables (preferably organic high quality pet food), naturally reared proteins, and food that is free of chemicals, colorants and preservatives.

Exercise keeps the body and mind healthy and the immune system balanced. 

Help your pet to maintain a healthy weight. Being too thin or overweight can both depress the immune system.

Stress is bad for the immune system. While small amounts of stress are natural for animals, prolonged stress depresses the immune system. If your pet is showing signs of stress or anxiety, it is important to both as they can compromise the immune system.

Encourage your pet to play. The happy chemicals produced are similar to what humans experience. Happy minds make happy cells and bodies. 

Do not smoke cigarettes and cigars around your pets. Second hand smoke can depress the immune system and impair normal function. 

Keep your pet’s toys and eating bowls clean by washing and disinfecting them often, which removes germs.

Your pet should have clean, fresh, filtered water daily. 

Avoid antibiotics as much as possible. While antibiotics may be necessary in some cases, they are generally over-prescribed by vets. Try exploring natural health options as there are many herbs with a long history of use that are well known to strengthen different parts of the immune system and many plants function as natural antibiotics. (i.e. Yummy Tummy.)

Conventional Remedies:

Antibiotics and steroid medications may be recommended for dogs and cats with struggling immune systems. Additionally, Omega 3 fish oils may be recommended. An emphasis should be placed on feeding a balanced, holistic diet combined with exercise.

Be aware that antibiotic, glucosteroids and corticosteroids seriously compromise immune health, have serious side effects and are unable to address the underlying cause for immune disorders and failure. Once a steroid therapy is stopped, all symptoms of disease or disorder will likely return. If long term steroid therapy is stopped abruptly, adrenal failure can occur in dogs and cats and can be fatal.

 

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