Natural Immune Boosters For Pets

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What is the immune system?

The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body from pathogens (invaders like bacteria, viruses, fungi). Immune cells seek out invaders, learn about them, and destroy them. This system can be negatively affected by things like stress, mood, nutrition, and sleep. When the immune system is stressed, the body is more susceptible to infection. Herbs and supplements work to increase immunity and protect the body.

What are natural immune boosters?

A natural immune booster is an herb or nutrient that helps the immune system function. Herbs can work to kill pathogens through antimicrobial, anti-septic, and anti-fungal action. They can also influence the immune system and strengthen its defenses. Quality nutrition is key to a healthy immune response. Nutrients like proteins, vitamins, and minerals are essential for a strong and healthy immune system. A deficiency in even one nutrient can seriously impact your pet’s immunity. Immuno Boost is a good option as a natural immune booster for your pet.

Ways that natural immune boosters work:

Herbs support the immune system in two basic ways. Like our immune cells and antibiotics, they can have a direct impact on bacteria and viruses. These are herbs with antiviral, antimicrobial, or antibacterial actions. The second way for herbs to support immunity is by enhancing the function of immune cells and organs. Herbs can stimulate these organs to produce more immune cells or increase activity of existing immune cells. This strengthens their ability to destroy invaders, protecting your pet from illness.

Young boy in a field with a dogWhen would my pet need natural immune boosters?

Pets at any age of their lives can use an immune boost. Chronic illness is the biggest sign that your pet needs immune support. You will notice that they often have infections or that your pet is usually lethargic. This is a sign your pet’s immune system is under stress. A stressed immune system will not be able to defend the body against attack. Use natural immune system boosters to support healing, and fortify immune cells.

Natural immune boosters can prevent your pet from catching an acute illness. In dogs, kennel cough is a bacterial and viral infection that the immune system should be able to destroy. If the immune system isn’t ready to take on a pathogen, infection can take hold. Priming the immune system with herbs before seasonal illness strikes will help protect them. Immune boosters also help with pets suffering from acute illness. These herbs nourish the immune system and support it to help your pet recover faster.

Other options for natural immune boosters:

Probiotics are microscopic bacteria that we call “good bacteria” or “friendly bacteria”. They live in the small intestine, help break down foods, and create vitamins and minerals out of wastes. When we have enough of these good bacteria they become part of the immune system. They stay in the gut and crowd out the bad bacteria that cause disease. Much of the pet foods available are lacking in these helpful bacteria. Supplementing with probiotics is a great way to boost immune function. Try including prebiotics, fibrous foods that feed good bacteria. This will make them stronger against the bad guys and keep your pet healthy.

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Lindsey Eadie, CNP
Lindsey Eadie, CNP

Lindsey is a Holistic Nutritionist who graduated from the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Vancouver, BC on the Dean’s Honors list where she learned the true healing abilities of whole foods, herbs, and supplemental nutrients. After graduation she worked as a Natural Health Advisor for an integrative pharmacy where she used her nutrition and orthomolecular knowledge to promote the wellbeing of all her clients, including the furry four-legged ones. Her passion for natural health has directly benefited her allergy-riddled female Pyrenes/Bernese Mountain dog named Astro and her anxious Golden Retriever/Bernese Mountain Dog Bella. She is currently applying all her knowledge to her position at NaturPet Inc. as an Educator and Account Manager, spreading awareness of natural health alternatives for optimal pet health.

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