Just like us, our furry friends have periods when their immune systems need a bit of help. A strong immune system is extremely important because it’s what protects your dog from illnesses. Prevention is always better than a cure, but how do you help your dog stay healthy and vital? Fortunately, there are plenty of natural ways to do this.
Moderate exposure to pathogens is necessary because your dog’s immune system needs to encounter the enemy to know what it’s up against. That is why it’s crucial that your dog goes outside, plays with other dogs, and moves freely. However, it’s important to understand what behaviour is normal and what is simply too much. Always keep your dog away from wild animals, as they can carry serious diseases, like rabies. Another thing that should be blacklisted is sniffing or eating other animals’ (including dogs) feces. This kind of behaviour is very likely to give your dog parasites. Always clean your pet’s paws after a walk. Give him baths regularly, and keep his fur tangle-free.
Keep parasites at bay
Ah, parasites – the bane of every dog owner’s existence. From fleas and ticks, to worms and other harmful critters, every dog owner is likely to come up against a few of these nasty, and sometimes dangerous, creatures. Sometimes they are just a hassle, but oftentimes they can also pose a serious health risk. For instance, come spring, tick season starts, which is why you should check your pet after every walk. These tiny parasites can cause dangerous infections, like Lyme disease. Alternatively, you could try out one of the natural protective pet products available on the market, like chewable Bravecto for dogs, which protects your dog for up to three months.
Pay attention to nutrition
A wholesome diet is the cornerstone of your pet’s health and the best way to provide him with all the nutrients he needs for optimal health. A poor diet can cause deficiencies of specific nutrients and vitamins, which, in turn, can cause or exacerbate many conditions. Antioxidants are particularly important for the proper functioning of the immune system. The crucial nutrients that your pet should get plenty of for a strong immune system are linoleic acid, B-complex vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, and E. To get everything he needs, your pooch’s diet should be varied, and include plenty of fresh vegetables. Try to feed him fresh instead of processed food as much as possible.
Rely on supplements
While supplements are in no way an adequate way to substitute for a healthy diet, they are a great addition. If you think your dog’s immune system is particularly weak at the moment, or if there is danger of exposure to infections, there are certain herbs that directly affect and strengthen the immune system. For instance, just a few weeks of using echinacea supplements can give visible results before infections, but also in case of a cold or a respiratory infection. Omega-3 acids, Zinc, neem oil, and vitamin C are all a great help when it comes to fighting off infections and boosting overall wellbeing. Since dogs can often eat a lot of unsavory things, a probiotic supplement can keep his gut flora in check, which will, in turn lower the risk of illness.
Apart from chronic and genetic diseases, dogs are also commonly exposed to pathogens from the environment. How often have you had to scold your puppy for sniffing, licking, or even eating something that they definitely shouldn’t? This is perfectly normal, but it’s important to protect them, and a bit of extra support for their immune system is the best way to do that.
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