by Michele Carelse on February 7th, 2011 at 7:00 am
It’s cold, wet and dreary outside as you thaw in the heat of a crackling fire warming your home. At your feet, your pets are curled up tightly, sleeping and content. Just like humans, pets feel the colder climate, and the fact remains that our animals need immune protection as much as we do – whatever the weather!
The truth is that the immune system of a dog or a cat is as complex as the immune system of a human. Your pet’s immune system has one goal: to keep the body safe and healthy from infection and disease. When an animal’s immune system is rundown, he or she is open to disease.
What causes the immune system to become rundown?
Factors such as poor nutrition (inadequate minerals and vitamins and/or too many additives from food), neglect/abuse or stress, environmental pollutants as well as infection and bacteria are the main culprits.
Remember that our pets rely on us completely – we control what they eat! For example, you may try giving Miniature Schnauzers more vitamin A foods (carrots and spinach) to guard against bladder or kidney stones, as they have particularly acidic systems. Vitamin B-12 deficiency is often prevalent in Giant Schnauzers, so choose foods rich in this vitamin (liver, lentils, brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage are good sources). Other minerals that play an important role include zinc, selenium and vitamin E, vitamin B-6 and linoleic acid.
If you intend to give your pet supplementation with vitamins and minerals, consult a professional nutritionist or speak to your vet. Please note that this is NOT a substitute for premium quality dog foods.
Can dogs and cats get colds, and how are they treated?
Yes… although not the type of colds that we as humans contract! In cats, the most common “cold” is viral (calcivirus), while the most common “cold” that dogs are prone to is kennel cough, a highly contagious respiratory infection. Signs in cats may include sneezing in rapid succession (sometimes called snuffles), whereas a dog may develop a cough.
Conventional antibiotics are used for more severe viral infections, with natural medicine providing additional support. Natural remedies have been shown to be beneficial in providing symptomatic relief, boosting the immune system and supporting the overall health of your pet. Herbal and homeopathic treatments are safe and gentle to use for dogs or cats, without unwanted side effects.
Following good nutrition and hygiene are also very important during the recovery process. In addition, your pet should also get plenty of exercise in the fresh air and sunshine. Be sure to limit your pet’s contact with strays, as they may be carriers of germs and disease.
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