How To Boost Your Dog’s Immune System
October 26, 2022
Your dog is a member of your family and your best friend, so it makes sense if you’re concerned for their health. Often, we invest in immune system boosters for ourselves, but what about our dogs? Lucky for you, we’re going to tell you exactly how you can boost your dog’s immune system today. With a few tips and tricks, fido will be on his or her way to a long, happy and healthy life.
The Keys To Natural Immunity
In order to live a healthy life with a strong immune system, your dog needs several things. Even if one thing is missing, it will make a strong impact on the natural immunity of your dog. While all of these things may help your pup, you should always consider consulting with your veterinarian before making any drastic changes to the dog’s life.
When we look at immunity, it all starts with nutrition. If your dog is getting the nutrients and compounds they need, immunity will likely improve—unless something else is going on. As research in the field of nutrition advances, we’re learning more about canine digestion. Your dog’s digestive tract contains nearly 70% of their immune system, so keeping that system running smoothly is essential. One way to keep the digestive system on track is to provide probiotic supplements.
Probiotics are good bacteria found in the digestive system and they hold a wide variety of benefits, and the most important, in this case, is the improvement of digestive health. Probiotics in dogs are still being researched, but there are many studies that show some of the benefits of probiotics in dogs. Some of these benefits include a decrease in E.coli bacteria and an improvement of the overall microbiota (microorganisms in a particular area) in dogs’ GI tracts. As the good bacteria increase, the system is better equipped to fight off any dangerous bacteria that enters, such as Salmonella.
Aside from probiotics, essential nutrients should be considered as well. The best way to provide this is through a well-balanced diet, and our veterinary nutrition experts would be glad to help you! Every dog is different, so a tailored diet may be needed.
A healthy diet, in conjunction with plenty of exercise, is important for a healthy, functioning immune system. Without a good diet, exercise is a waste, and that goes both ways. The healthy diet you provide your dog will get their immune system in a good place, and exercise will give it an extra boost! When your dog goes on a run, does an agility course, or takes a swim in the ocean, they are producing endorphins. These hormones promote white blood cell activation and equip your dog’s immune system with the signals it needs to stay on alert. So, get them out there and play!
Disinfect Pet Toys
An easy way to help keep your dog healthy and immune system strong is to disinfect pet toys. Over time, your dog’s toys can become covered in grime and bacteria, so you should make a habit of cleaning them.
Another way to boost your dog’s immune system is to reduce the amount of stress they have. This is easier said than done if you have an anxious pup, but there are ways you can do this. A great way to do this is to reduce chaos in their life. Establish a strict routine and nighttime rituals that they can rely on. The stress hormone, cortisol, is not good for the immune system. A buildup of cortisol in the body can cause the immune response to be compromised.
Talk To Your Veterinarian
As always, when it comes to your dog’s health, it’s best to speak with a veterinarian to find out what’s best for your dog. Our team of veterinary specialists is here to help you and your dog live the best life possible. Schedule your appointment today!Back to Blog