Last Modified on Jul 30, 2015
Does your pet suffer from a weak immune system? Is it always coming down with infections? Or has your dog, cat, or other pet recently suffered an illness or been on a drug that reduces the potency of its body's immune response? Certain natural remedies can help boost your pet's immune system and protect its overall health.
Infections, parasites, and certain genetic conditions can weaken your pet's immune system, leaving it more vulnerable to infestations and illnesses of all kinds. Antibiotics can help fight off infections that are already present, but better yet is to strengthen the immune system slowly and naturally before an infection occurs.
Home Remedies: Pet owners report that a number of natural foods and supplements can help support and even boost your pet's immune system (though every breed and species is different). Garlic (use cautiously with dogs), a raw foods diet, and astragalus are among the most commonly recommended immune supporters for pets.
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[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] Swelling in my dane
I have a great dane that is 12 months old. She has had staph as a puppy in her paws. When we got her she had been to the vet to get shots and came down with parvo from the vets office. She has been healthy but recently her back paw swelled from the elbow on down. It stayed swelled for a few weeks. Started her on acv in her water and 1tsp. garlic in her food. The swelling went away but now it is back but in her ears, the flaps and the top of her head. Has anyone else dealt with this? She has been a "special" dog since day one. I think her immune system is messed up. Thanks.
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My dog has had an infection on her lip for over three months. The vet cultured it, sent it to a good lab and it came back as strep. I treated it with heavy-duty herbal antibiotics (usnea, cat's claw, goldenseal and echinacea----two of these at a time for 2 - 3 weeks) with no results. So the vet gave her erithromycin tablets and topical gel, a 2-week supply, and we're almost at the end of that with no results. ) Does anyone have suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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