There are four basic ways to boost dogs immune system. Some are free. All assist in building or rebuilding a healthy happy canine and may include sharing your supplements.
Yes, what is good for you is good for your dog. Let's start with the four basics and then I'll break each one down for a closer look.
Means everything from from food, water, vaccines, medications, supplements and environmental toxins. Nourishment will boost dogs immune system, otherwise we get a suppressed immune system. Let me explain.
The chances of our dogs having a healthy immune system while eating mass market dog foods are slim. (I know, big sigh.)
Think about it. For instance, figure the cost of real chicken meat, brown rice, veggies and some vitamins thrown in, could you do it for 50 cents a day? A dollar a day? Two dollars a day? Nope.
Plus it has to be cooked, bagged, shipped and sold.
Throw advertising costs on top of that, and you can get a better idea (even though you don't want to) of the ingredient quality.
Getting back to the point, one of the best natural immune system boosters is real food. The stuff we should be eating as well.
Here are a few examples to encourage you.
A 7-year-old Golden Retriever owned by a veterinarian was diagnosed with hip dysplasia that led to arthritis so painful he was crippled. That's when Dr. Robert Goldstein, DVM took a good hard look at dog nutrition. He threw away the Top Choice and Gainesburgers and put his dog on a diet of brown rice, spinach and hamburger.
While the hip dysplasia didn't totally go away, the dogs pain did and he lived relatively disease-free until he died at seventeen and a half years old.
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A friend of mine who understood this long before I did, had a dog who was never fed commercial dog food. Her dog lived 22 years! She now believes her dog could have lived even longer if she'd understood natural health supplements.
Another interesting consideration - at that time, there were far less vaccines available for dogs.
Vaccines are toxic. I find it horrible that we can no longer buy a thermometer with mercury in it but that same toxic substance is in vaccines that are injected into our dogs!
There is a large body of evidence that vaccines do more harm than good. You can find more information on this site. You might also look up The Rabies Challenge Fund. Another good source is Dogs Naturally Magazine and they have a website as well.
The fight has been going on several years. I no longer vaccinate my own dogs. I was on the fence about it until one of my dogs grew a large tumor at the injection site immediately after his last shot. It was cancer.
For an interesting view on food and vaccines, read my short interview with Dog Naturally Magazine editor, Dana Scott.
If you really believe vaccines work and are needed, there has been numerous testing that proves once is enough and young puppies are not yet strong enough for a vaccine.
Drugs and medications do not boost dogs immune system! While we all sometimes need medications, try to use natural alternatives. Drugs are toxins and must be filtered through the liver and kidneys making these organs weaker. Drugs have side effects we tend to overlook. Do you know the side effects of antibiotics ? Did you know there are natural alternatives?
And most drugs simply stop symptoms instead of curing the problem. For a good example please read the side effects of prednisone. It's an eye opener.
Dogs drink a lot of water and we don't give it a second thought! We fill their bowl from the tap and then open a bottle of spring water for ourselves. Hello? What are we thinking? Chlorine and fluoride are bad for dog health too. The least you can do if you don't have well water is get a pitcher with the charcoal filter in the top.
Elimination is key. How on earth could peeing and pooping boost dogs immune system? What the body can't rid itself of through urinating, pooping or through the skin (think of allergies, hot spots and fatty tumors) it will store and thus be weakened by it.
Even matted tearing eyes are a form
of elimination. The more chemicals ingested through foods, vaccines and crummy dog food, the harder
the immune system has to work. Our poor dogs get plum worn out dealing with all this stuff!
How does dogs exercise boost dog immune system? The lymph system, one component of the immune system is in charge of cleanup but it only works during activity! So both of you get moving!
Exercise reduces stress which can actually be a toxin to the body, gets rid of free radicals and the increased oxygen flow helps everything. Oxygen is needed for every single process in the body, so oxygenate! Even five minutes a few times a day is far better than nothing.
Oh wait, the five minutes was meant for you, not the dog. Come on, give the dog more than that for heavens sake.
Now this is what most people think of when they want to boost dogs immune system. The truth is, a good supplement will do a far, far better job if the other things are done first.
Did you notice the quotes in the right hand column? They make me smile. I thought I was the first one to discover that stuff. (I'm kidding, really, but it's still great backup.)
I bring it up now because I'm very picky about supplements. I prefer natural or whole food supplements rather than something made in a laboratory, or in the case of probiotics, some good living bacteria! And I only buy from sources I know do constant quality and potency testing.
There are some very good supplements to build up that immune system and I can help if you need to address specific problems. As a reference, I list several choices at How to Boost Immune System With Canine Supplements.
I do not find all supplements to be of the same caliber so I use and suggest Nature's Sunshine Products. Feel free to read Why NSP because I researched it before I chose.
And last but not least, two of my favorites dog supplements are in my raw dog food recipes, so check it out. And guess what? They're good for humans too so in my house, we share!
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To learn more about the immune system organs and what they do, see What Is the Immune System ?