How to Strengthen Dogs Immune System

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Caring for a weakened immune system
The canine immune system is a complex system of cells, hormones, tissues, and organs. Your dog requires a properly functioning healthy immune system to eliminate toxins from his body, defend him from illness, kill viruses, and fight off bacteria. Lowered immune function can result in frequent bacterial, fungal, and viral infections, and create serious long-term consequences for your dog's health.

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Causes a weakened immune system
Many factors can lower your dog's immunity. Two of the most common are lack of diet and poor diet. Chronic stress, such as that experienced by abused or otherwise traumatized dogs, can also compromise immune function.

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Symptoms of a weakened immune system
Symptoms of a weak immune system are exhibited as recurring parasitic infections, mild infections, illnesses, a mangy or dull appearing coat, or skin infections that develop into more dangerous health issues. This happens when your dog's immune system is not strong enough to protect itself.

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What can trigger a weakened immune system
Canine immune deficiencies can be triggered by:

  • Puppies without colostrum in first 48 hours of life
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  • Limited live vaccination response
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  • Chemicals in the atmosphere
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  • Distemper or Parvo infection
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  • Malnutrition
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  • Poor diet (buying lower end foods to save money)
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  • Over-vaccinations
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  • Drug reactions
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  • Ehrlichiosis
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  • Demodex
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  • Stress

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Testing for a weakened immune system
A thyroid test can detect if your dog has a weakened immune system, is having chronic skin infections, or is encountering reproductive difficulties. The vet will draw blood and send it to one of the various labs with the equipment for conducting the test.

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Treatment for immune disorders
The standard treatment for a weakened immune system is immune-suppressing drugs, such as steroids and cytoxen. The purpose is to prevent an overactive immune system. However, steroids have numerous severe side effects and need careful monitoring. A diet that supports that the immune system in combination with medication is needed. There are also some vitamins that are specifically designed to help strengthen the immune system. Contact us below to learn which ones are the best out there and where to purchase them.

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Disclaimer: We are NOT licensed vets. DO NOT try to diagnose or treat animals based off this or any other information you find on the internet. This page is just basic information to help bring awareness to different health issues that are common in pets. If you pet is having any kind of medical issues, please seek professional treatment from a licensed vet who is trained and set up to handle such matters.

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