Hotspots. Diabetes. Ear Infections. Cancer.
What do all of these prevalent pet diseases have in common? The immune system, or more accurately, an unbalanced immune system. Holistic medicine views these diseases as part of a larger picture to be addressed as a whole, based on proper immune system function.
Since the immune system is such a major player in the world of true health and vitality, we should think about boosting it as much as we can, rather than using suppressive medications such as steroids that further suppress the immune system.
How can we boost it?
Will Falconer DVM recommends the following immune boosters that can help with immune intelligence, which means the immune system not only knows what to attack and when, but it knows when to stand down and return to its quiet state of alertness.
5 Ways To Give Your Dog a Boost!
- Transfer Factors
These are tiny proteins in the cytokine class, purified from colostrum, egg yolk and other sources that confer immune intelligence to those taking them. These proteins increase recognition of invaders as well as rapid attacks on them. They’ve proven invaluable in autoimmune disease down regulation as well.
Ecinacea is an herb known for its effectiveness in treating acute infections illnesses. Falconer recommends MediHerb’s Echinacea Premium, which can be found at your local organic grocery store.
The reishi mushroom is known for a host of immune system benefits, including inhibiting tumors, and analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral activities. It also helps with liver detox.
- More Mushrooms
There are several more mushrooms with immune enhancing effects, including:
– Cordyceps enhance stamina and potently boost immune system.
– Agaricus blazei is a known cancer fighter.
– Shiitake comes in handy for viruses, and is often available fresh & could be added to food for taste and medical benefits.
– Maitake boosts immunity, helps with obesity and contains a host of vitamins.
- Olive Leaf Extract
Olive leaf extract checks cell proliferation in tumors and hastens cancer cell death. It also has antimicrobial, antiviral, and antioxidant properties.
- A Whole, Complete, and Balanced Diet
Feeding your dog a whole, completely, and balanced diet as well as keeping your dog’s gut healthy is the most fundamental way to boost the immune system. Immune system health starts with the gut, so a compromised gut means a compromised immune system.