Weak Immune System Remedies for Pets

| Modified on Sep 19, 2016

Viral Infection
Posted by Rosie (Cambridge, Ma, USA) on 12/09/2012

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!

Viral Infection
Posted by Wendy (Columbs, Oh/usa) on 12/10/2012

Try a very diluted solution of organic apple cider vinegar (ACV). Mix 1/4 ACV with 3/4 filtered or spring or distilled water.

NOTE: if the infection on your dog's lip is open and "weeping", this solution is probably going to sting. You could try the diluted solution first, but keep some fresh-water handy to wash it off if it stings!

Also, start mixing a tablespoon of pure ACV into her food once a day.

There is tons of info here on EC about the benefits of ACV for both humans and pets. Just do a search for it.

Posted by Anoosh (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) on 01/24/2012
5 out of 5 stars

I am responding to all the ACV posts for cat ailments. I have a 4 year old sphynx that has has a chronic sinusitis or cold or something for the past 2 years. He has been through every medical regime possible for cats-including a round of antibiotics for fish. He has been on the traditional rounds of antibiotics, super power antibiotics, drops, double doses, double rounds, multiple antibiotics simultaneously and etc. Nothing made a bit of improvement and I was told it was simply going to be chronic.

I recently began making Kombucha for my own use and decided to give the cat 1 tbls. A day orally with a dropper. We are on about week 6 and this cat is cured. We went from him sneezing and literally blowing-sorry.... -great big gobs of snot everywhere-the walls, the windows, the furniture, our bedding (very very gross) to not one sneeze in over 3 weeks. It took about 3 weeks to see a difference, but I am more than hopeful that he will be cured. His breathing is clear and no longer has that gurggly sound to it. I suppose store bought Kombucha would work also and much cheaper than any vet bill.

Posted by Tretiak (Katy, Tx/ USA) on 07/13/2013

I read a post about Kombucha for your cat. Mine has the exact same chronic snotty issues. Can someone please tell me if you know if kombucha extract diluted would do the trick? I am not brave enough to make my own tea. Also should I use Apple Cider Vinegar too?

Posted by Om (Hope BC, Canada) on 07/18/2013

Tretiak from Katy. Tx With cats and upper resp. I have a post on EC but here you go: take a baby teasp. with turmeric powder, open the hatch and put the powder on the tongue. Immediately close the mouth. Keep a paper towel in one hand and watch out when kitty begins to retch. All the phlegm will come out. Repeat as needed. My cat was free of trouble in just three days. I was so amazed! Turmeric is a natural antibiotic and good for liver and 500 other things.

Anyway, as soon kitty can smell again, he will eat his dinner. All the best Om

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Vegamom (Lubbock, Texas) on 11/09/2009
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Twilab (Alexandria, Va) on 12/29/2009

Flaxseed Oil to boost pets immune system. 1.5 Tblsp per 100 lb dog/animal/day.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Suze (Tweed Coast, Australia) on 12/29/2009

My Weimaraner puppy had lowered immunity from vaccines, and he only ever had 2 core shots (at 6wks, and 12wks) - never again. I also treated him with ACV and vinegar.

I also used dried nettle herb (fresh chopped if you have it), parsley, coriander, green barley powder and MSM to cleanse the blood and boost the immune system. Also virgin organic coconut oil is a fabulous remedy for any skin conditions with dogs - it helped my puppy with hives which would stay for weeks otherwise. Just put on your hands and rub over the coat - my pup loves it so much he liks my hands too!

He is now 10 months, and doing well.

I wouldn't recomend more vaccinations, and it goes without saying that raw food diet is essential.

Good luck and keep up the healthy foods and herbs - your dog has the power to heal inside, and you simply need to strengthen her body to help nature do it;s thing :)

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Ozarkansaw (Little Rock, Ar) on 03/31/2010

I believe the best way to boost immunity is with a raw meat and bones diet. It has worked wonders for my pets! They are completely new animals! Kibble and vaccines defiently destroy immunity and cause dogs to have a shorter lifespan.

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Jai Krishna (Florida) on 07/29/2015
5 out of 5 stars

Thank you so much for this detailed explanation on building the immune system!! I appreciate this website so much and have learned some very helpful and valuable information. I learned how to oil pull from this site and have cured an abscess and boosted my own immune system exponentially

I wish my cat could oil pull!! But seriously, the apple cider vinegar applied topically helped my cat's upper respitorary infection immediately. I also put a couple of drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide in my cats water fountain and they are doing terrific!! Be very careful with food grade hydrogen pyroxide it is extremely dangerous if great care is not used!!

I am so very grateful for this site and all the caring people who take their time to research alternative health remedies and report their personal experiences!! Priceless resource!!

Whenever I read about any remedy, I take the time to google the remedy and what other sites are reporting. For example, it was stated on this site that borage oil is useful for cats with respitory problems, BUT when I searched the terms "borage oil and cats"... I found a number of pet sites that said borage oil is toxic to cats......??

That's too risky for me!!

However, when I searched ACV and cats, I found only positive statements from both the online medical sites and the grassroots pet owner sites. For me, weighing the possible risks against the promised results makes the most sense!!

An ounce of caution is worth a pound of cure!!

Blessings Everyone!!

Jai Krishna, and Namaste, OM!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Berge (Mn) on 02/13/2016

Have you found GSH glutathione to be helpful for chronic fatigue syndrome long term?

Apple Cider Vinegar, Garlic
Posted by Michael (New Zealand) on 09/19/2016


Hot news in our national newspaper to-day is vets reporting large numbers of dogs with messed up insides from eating bones. When I was growing up it was considered normal practice to "Give a dog a Bone" as a treat (& good for them too), but now it is considered "Too risky for "Frisky""! Maybe dem bones aint what they used to be either?

Cheers, Michael