Optimizing the animal's defenses will allow us to prevent it from suffering possible health complications. The care must be extreme if we have a puppy or an old dog because their health will be more vulnerable. Due to failures in this system, the so-called autoimmune diseases arise, such as asthma, lupus or diabetes. In animals, exactly the same thing happens. If your immune system is faulty or weak, different symptoms will begin to show up indicating that something is wrong with your pet's health. Improving the dog's immune system will allow us to keep it away from possible health complications.
SYMPTOMS THAT YOUR DOG MAY HAVE LOW DEFENSES
There are a number of signals that may occur on your dog that you should pay attention to as they may be indicating that its defenses need to be strengthened:
- Ear infections
- Dermatitis of different types
Our dogs may have a weak immune system due to physical, psychological or external factors among which the following stand out:
- Sudden changes in temperature or excessive lack of humidity in the environment
- Pollution and contamination
- Internal and external parasites
- Lack of nutrients
HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR DOG'S IMMUNE SYSTEM
There are many alternatives you can choose from to improve your dog's immune system. Consider the following suggestions that can help strengthen your dog's defenses:
- Offer your pet a balanced diet that meets all the nutritional requirements of its breed, age and size. The diet is a determining factor for the health of the dog. If the defense cells or white blood cells do not have the nutrients they need, they will not be able to exert their action effectively. It is not only important the amount of food we offer our dog but also its quality because the intake of toxic substances or poor quality could be very harmful.
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- Always keep your dog's drinker full of water without fluoride or chlorine to keep it perfectly hydrated.
- Worm it inside and out. Vaccinate as directed by your vet.
- Take him out on the street for as long as it takes for him to relieve himself and breathe fresh air.
- Try not to smoke indoors where your pet is normally found.
- Don't let him play in spaces recently treated with cleaning or disinfecting chemicals.
- For rest, provide a clean, warm, well-ventilated, draught-free space.
- Beware of drugs: Drugs generally deplete our dog's own body's healing resources and act as liver toxins. When drugs include corticosteroids they directly cause a significant drop in the immune system response.
- Massage: Massage increases the number of lymphocytes in the dog and improves its function. In addition, massaging your pet relaxes him, which is beneficial to his emotional health and therefore to his immune health.
- Don't take your dog for a walk when it's too hot or too cold.
- Try to dry your dog well after bathing him or if it has rained during a walk.
- Give him more attention than usual to alleviate the stress that changes in the family environment usually produce in animals such as moves, deaths, arrivals of babies, love separations, or the adoption of a new pet. Stress in dogs is a condition that directly decreases the activity of the immune system as they release various hormones, which occupy the receptors of white blood cells and prevent them from recognizing and confronting a pathogenic agent.
AN EXTRA REINFORCEMENT
If you want to maximize the defenses of your dog you can provide vitamin supplements. Although the ideal is that the need for vitamins is covered by a balanced diet, in many cases the animal can be given this type of supplements. They should only be given by veterinary indication, since an unnecessary excess of vitamins can poison our pet and cause the remedy to be worse than the disease. If, despite following these lines to the letter and enriching your dog's diet with vitamins continues to show signs that their defenses are insufficient, it is advisable to go to the veterinarian to put us in contact with a specialist.