Owning a dog isn’t just about having a pet best friend. It’s also not just about having someone cute and fluffy to play around and run around with. It’s about having the consciousness that, from the moment you buy or adopt a dog, he becomes your soul responsibility and you need to take care of him. It’s almost like having a baby and nurturing it to adulthood.
As a long-term dog owner and a passionate dog lover, my husband and I have had our share of experiences with all kinds of problems a dog may go through in his life time. Luckily, we’ve had an amazing veterinarian to help us cope with the stress. I’ve learned that one of the main aspects of a dog’s healthy and long life is for it to have a healthy immune system.
How and why is your dog’s immune system important?
A dog’s line of defense against illness is his immune system.
When your dog has a strong immune system he is less likely to get sick. When functioning properly, your dog’s immune system cleanses toxins from his body, fights off bacterial, fungal and viral infections and protects against parasites.
If the immune function is lowered or compromised, your adorable pet will be more vulnerable to yeast infections, allergies, arthritis, eczema, ear infections, reproductive disorders and degenerative disorders.
What Causes a Lowered Immune Function?
Just like people, dogs can suffer from lower immune fuction due to chronic stress (perhaps due to trauma), auto-immune disorders, lack of exercise and poor diet. (Our veterinarian told us that the two most common causes of decreased immunity in dogs are lack of exercise and poor diet.)
Unfortunately the effects of a poor diet in a female dog can be passed onto its descendants which can suffer decreased immunity due to the mother’s improper nutrition.
How to Boost a Dog’s Immune Function?
Your dog will be so grateful if you feed him an adequate diet, trust me! A quality dog food, containing all the nutrients your dog needs is the first step to boosting his immune system.
If you are a dog owner who prefers a home cooked meal for both the family and your pet do your research to make sure the food you prepare for him contains all the vitamins and minerals he needs for adequate nutrition.
Also, add supplements to your dog’s diet to increase his immunity. Some good supplements include: omega fatty acids (which makes your dog’s digestion more efficient and increases his energy levels), vitamin C (antibiotic and antiviral), Neem bark powder (boosts the production of T cells, a vital part of your dog’s immune system), Zinc supplements (boost the immune system).
For your dog to stay healthy, it’s highly important he gets plenty of exercise! While taking your dog for a walk, you can squeeze in a workout of your own – jog a little or go speed walking. While having fun with your pet you too get to stay in shape! I’ve lost 10 pounds this way!
Walk your doggy daily and play with him as often as you can. Let him do the things he enjoys. Unlike many other pets, dogs tend to develop a special bond with their owner so spending quality time with him will relax him and diminish the harmful effects that stress can have on his immune system.
So, my dear dog owners, now that I have passed my wisdom onto you I hope it will help you in boosting your dog’s immune system so he can have a healthy and long life!
Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a proud owner of her German Shepherd Billy and moody apricot Poodle Sam. She is interested in alternative medicine for animals and dog’s health issues.
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