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VitiligoPet supplements for vitiligo in dogs and cats.

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

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells 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 all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also tasked with maintaining normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

The immune system contains 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 like an army patrolling and guarding the body from invasions by foreign substances.

Autoimmune disease occurs when one or more factors of your dog's or cat's immune system become overactive and is unable to distinguish between a "foreign" invader attacking the body and the body's own inflammatory system. In response, the immune system produces antibodies that attack and destroy the body's cells and organs, instead of producing antibodies to defend against foreign proteins such as bacteria and viruses. 

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.

Examples of autoimmune disease which over stimulate the immune system include: 

Autoimmune diseases of the skin (i.e.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, Osteoporosis, 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 (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD) & 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 & 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.

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.

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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