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How To Naturally Boost Your Dog’s Immune System

January 30, 2016

They say that dogs are man’s best friends. And with good reason. Many dog owners or simply dog lovers will agree that the love they get from their canine friends cannot be replaced with almost anything.

But, this friendly relationship should be mutual. If dogs are our best friends, we need to be theirs as well. We need to take care of them so as to extend that relationship for as long as we can. The danger with dogs is that they can easily go astray, and spend a couple of hours wandering the neighborhood, picking up all the things we cannot even imagine. Especially today when people often use pesticides and different poisons to fight germs and lice, that can be easily transferred to your dog when it licks or eats something during his walk.

This can lead to frequent illnesses and diseases, and even the weakening of your dog’s immune system and allowing the development of cancer in extreme cases. In order to prevent the aforementioned, we have drawn up a list of natural health boosters that can help your best canine friend live long and prosper.

Deep Cleaning

The first thing you need to maintain is your dog’s hygiene. Their feet and fur coat can keep a lot of organisms that can harm them if they get into their digestive system, so you need to wash your dog regularly and thoroughly.

Another thing you need to have in mind is that the majority of cleaning products can contain dangerous chemicals, which can pose risk to your dog’s health (but yours or your kids’ as well). It is always better to opt for natural cleaning products rather than products containing toxins.

Washing their dishes (eating bowls) and toys is another thing you need to pay attention to, because that way you can reduce their microbe load and boost their natural immune system function.

Let your Dog have Friends

Do not think that you can avoid your dog getting different kinds of lice or other germs in interaction with other dogs. This can only cause completely different thing – social isolation can make your dog feel depressed, which can in turn leave even worse effects on their psyche and immune system. Having friends of his own kind is as important as you having your human friends, so do not deprive your dog of this important role.

Avoid Stressful Situations

Just like in humans, if your dog does not have a scheduled routine, it can become stressed and their immune system can go down in a blow.

When your dog is stressed, they secrete corticosteroids, chemicals produced in the adrenal cortex which govern stress and immune response, regulation of inflammation and behavior, among other things. In order to avoid variations in hormones, it would be best to follow a strong routine of regular mealtime, naps, and play time and have a really happy dog.

Feed Your Dog Good Food

Immune system can be enhanced best with antioxidants. Dogs get antioxidants via food such as dried beans, kidney, red beans etc. so make sure to include them in their diet. If you happen to have some time at your hands, you can also make them food on your own, so that you know exactly what they contain and in what amounts. There are some great recipes for dog food that are not difficult to prepare, so do not hesitate and start making them today! Otherwise, visit local pet store and buy quality food for your favorite furry friend.

Avoid Herbal Remedies

Even though herbal supplements can be good, they are not regulated in all countries, so it would be better to avoid using them on your own. It would be best if you talked to your veterinarian and ask them to give you advice on natural food supplements, that support the shine of your dog’s skin and coat, keep their gut healthy and contain antioxidant complex which promotes a healthy immune system.

And finally, do not forget that the love you give to your dog is the most valuable thing they can get. You need to pet your dog a lot, dedicate time to it, and play as often as you can. Taking them to frequent walks and having a wrestling, fetching or chasing sessions can improve their immune system better than anything else in the world.

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