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Sarcoidosis in Dogs and Cats / Autoimmune Disorder in Dogs and Cats

Sarcoidosis in Dogs and Cats / Autoimmune Disorder

Herbal nutrition which may help support balanced immunity and may help reduce the effects of sarcoidosis in dogs and cats.

The immune system is a complex army of cells found through out your pet’s body that provides 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, toxins, foreign fells and cellular mutations (healthy cells which have mutated into irregular cells). The immune system is tasked with protecting EVERY cell in the animal body. 

A healthy immune system is resilient and powerful and up to the task of supporting normal, balanced function. The immune system is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated.  But even an animal with a highly developed immune system can experience dysfunction or failure. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk for disease. 

Sarcoidosis is an autoimmune disease that affects multiple systems in the animal body, from the eyes to the lungs to the lymph, liver, kidneys and the brain. Sarcoidosis causes inflammation that affects surrounding tissue as well as an irregular accumulation of immune system cells in organs, called granulomas, which forms nodules, sometimes referred to as lumps or tumors, throughout the body, which may negatively impact organs throughout the body.

Sarcoidosis occurs when one or more components of your pet’s immune system becomes overactive and the immune system is unable to distinguish between normal proteins in your pets own body vs. a foreigner invader, and perceives it as a threat. The resulting response is that the immune system is triggered to produce antibodies that attack and destroy your pet's healthy cells and organs, instead of producing antibodies to defend against invading foreign bacteria and viruses.

Symptoms of sarcoidosis may include: 

Teary or weeping eyes

Sore, achy joints

Swollen lymph glands

Diarrhea with or without blood



Weakness and/or inability to exercise

Skin lesions


Nasal, oral, and anal lesions

Stiff joints




Loss of appetite

Body odor

Weight gain (often related to thyroid dysfunction)

Potential causes of autoimmune disease include:

Overuse of vaccines, antibiotics, and steroid drugs

Environmental pollutants

Food preservatives 

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


It has been suggested that some cases of sarcoidosis may be related to environmental triggers, such as carpet allergies, toxin exposure inside and outside the home and other respiratory failures.

Common triggers may include carpet, scented dryer sheets and detergents, scented candles, house cleaners, fertilizers, weed killer and other chemicals. 

Treatment and quality life for dogs and cats may improve based on a feeding a raw, home cooked or premium, holistic diet along with filtered water and careful, daily supplementation to potentially affect balanced immunity. An auto-immune mediated disease is the result of an immune system that is out of balance.

Treatment of sarcoidosis should likely factor in an immune balancing supplement which may nutritionally help nudge your pet's immune system, tissues and organs toward balance. Adaptogen and tonic herbs may be valuable tools as they identify metabolic, physical, emotional and oxidative stress in the body and work to nutritionally help restore balance where deficiency occurs. Additionally, a natural alterative, plant based supplement may be considered to help address abnormal cell activity in the body. 

Herbals and supplements may help deliver critical nutrition to help limit inflammation, to help balance immunity and to help build a robust defense system in your pet's body; antioxidants may help prevent irregular cell mutation, which can encourage auto immune disease and cause disease to spread to other organs and areas of the body. 

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets)

Herbal remedies contain healthy, natural plant chemicals that may help nourish and help support a balanced immune system; are tonic in nature, strengthening and toning overall body systems; may help to moderate autoimmune disorders and may help regulate an overactive immune system; may help prevent irregular cell mutation which occurs in cases of sarcoidosis; may help scavenge free radicals and may help reduce oxidative stress on the body, which is critical in disease prevention; may help balance digestion, provide skin support and encourage toxin elimination; may help deliver nutrients and help support general health and wellness. 

I Feel Good –  (learn more) as a natural adaptogen, it helps to nutritionally tone the animal body and helps to reduce all forms of system-wise metabolic and oxidative stress that undermine immunity; natural adaptogens help promotes healthy immune response, including soothing an over-stimulated immune system to achieve balance or boosting an under-performing immune system to achieve balance;  helps reduce 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 mobilityreduces 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 in the world, particularly related to supporting balanced immunity and limiting inflammation and inflammatory conditions.

Joint Ease Super Dog & Cat – (learn more) contains a synergistic blend of plant and marine extract adaptogens that help promote preventative and reparative support to rebuild tissue, joints, bones and muscles; supports balanced immunity and limits whole body inflammatory response while promoting systemic healing and balanced immunity; as a holistic, natural treatment for rheumatism; for arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatism, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), Intervertebral Disk Disease (IDD), Degenerative Myelopathy, arthrosis and related inflammation and pain; for muscle pains, strains, injuries and other degenerative joint related diseases; 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. Contains herbs and marine extracts recognized by the World Health Organization as some of the most important ingredients in the natural treatment of all forms of arthritis.


Joint Support Meal Topper – (learn more) contains natural glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, vitamins, minerals, essential Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids including ETA (Eicosatetraenoic acids), EPA  (Eicosapentaenoic acid), DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid) and GLA (Gamma-liolenic acid); amino acids, antioxidants, super foods, adaptogens and digestive enzymes, which may nutritionally and synergistically combine to help support joint problems related to degenerative tissue decline and bone loss; may help support the cartilage matrix; may help promote smooth, unrestricted joint movement and flexibility in the skeletal system; may help address sore, aching joints and help limit inflammation related to all symptoms of arthritis; loss of synovial tissue and reduced collage production; may help promote healthy, strong muscles, joints and bones; may stimulate synovial fluid and promote cellular repair; nutritionally content may help promote balanced immune health; safe for all life stages of dogs and cats.

Turmeric the Magnificent – (learn more) antioxidant properties may help inhibit free radical damage and limit multiple inflammation pathways by helping cool inflammatory response in all body systems; help boost or balance immunity as needed; help support the body’s natural anti-inflammatory response; decongestant and anti-histamine properties may help limit allergen triggers by reducing mast cell histamine response; may help improve digestion by suppressing inflammation in the gut; may help cleanse and detoxify the liver, kidneys and gall bladder; may help address cognitive disease (i.e. Alzheimer') by limiting micro-inflammation in the brain and supporting the neurological, endocrine and cardiovascular link; curcuminoid content may help halt mutations in DNA related to cancer formation, and may help block the production of enzymes that cancer needs to spread; may help prevent heart disease and strokes by inhibiting the build-up of plaque in the arteries, including the arteries that provide the brain with essential oxygen and nutrients; may help address boils.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; 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. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

Gland Candy - (learn more) contains healthy fatty Omega 3 acids used to help support healthy body weight, used in the treatment of skin conditions and to promote healthy skin and coat, to help support and tone the lymphatic system, to help balance glandular activities including the thyroid, adrenal and pituitary glands, including HPA function (Hypothalamic, Pituitary and Adrenal) including T3 and T4 production, to help support and maintain healthy thyroid function, to help soothe the thyroid and endocrine system, to help soothe joints and cartilage, to help address histamine and mast cell response related to allergies, alopecia, allergic dermatitis, moist dermatitis (hot spots), and may help stimulate tissue repair and may help provide palliative support for all types of arthritis.

Conventional Remedies:

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, see your vet for a proper examination. Autoimmune disease has multiple symptoms depending on the organs and/or body systems that are being targeted.

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



Nita Gryan - 03/15/2017

Can you please recommend some healthy supplements to help boost a healthy immune system for canines?

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