The Naturally Healthy Dog Series

This is a blog for dog guardians who would like to learn or share more about the natural feeding and treatment of their dogs. We will discuss the species appropriate Raw Diet and Alternative Health Treatments.

Location: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Currently working on the first book in "The Naturally Healthy Dog Series." The first book will concentrate on diet and nutrition for our dog companions. I currently have three Papillons, and also do daycare and boarding of other Papillons. I have had Papillons for 30 years and have shown them in dog shows to their Championships. I am also a member of the National Center for Homeopathy and a Professional Member of The Animal Wellness Association.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

How to Help Build and Maintain a Healthy Immune System in Your Dog – Part 1

The immune system is a network of specialized tissues, organs, cells, and hormones. There are two main types of immunity. Innate immunity is a system built into the body to resist disease. Acquired immunity is the immune system’s ability to adapt as the body is exposed to pathogens through exposure, illness or vaccines. (More about vaccines later).

Symptoms of a weak immune system are shown as skin infections, recurring parasitic infections, and mild infections or illnesses that develop into more serious health issues. This occurs because the body’s immune system is not strong enough to defend itself.

As I will always stress, diet is the starting point. It is the foundation of good health and the first line of defense against disease. Fresh food is the first step. A varied diet of fresh meats, fruits, and vegetables may require a little more time to prepare, but is well worth the effort in the long run.

It is important that your dog have a healthy gastrointestinal tract in order to get the most benefit from the raw diet. If your dog’s intestinal tract is weakened by allergies or digestive disorders, the nutrients even in a raw diet well be harder to process and absorb. Digestive enzymes, probiotics and essential fatty acids all contribute to your dog having a healthy digestive tract and proper digestion.

Two other contributors to a strong immune system is exercise and weight control. Exercise helps to build and maintain a strong immune system. Weight control is important because overweight dogs are more susceptible to chronic and acute infections and diseases.

We will discuss Nutritional Supplements that boost the immune system next time.


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