Allergy symptoms occur when the immune system overreacts to the presence of a substance (an allergen) that’s not normally considered to be of danger to the body. When a dog is hypersensitive to one or more allergens, the body assumes it’s being invaded by something nasty and calls up the defense forces to neutralize the offending substance. Unfortunately, the release of histamine during this response produces unwelcome symptoms such as itchy, irritated ears, scooting, itchy feet, hot spots, breathing difficulties, and, in extreme cases, anaphylactic shock and death. Typical allergens include pollen and spores, foods, and flea and insect bites.
What Is Colostrum?
Colostrum, the “first milk” produced by mammals immediately after giving birth, contains a myriad of compounds which are involved in supporting the newborn infant’s immune system. They have a role to play in controlling the body’s response to potentially harmful outside invaders; that is, the mechanism that’s mistakenly invoked in those who’ve become sensitized to allergens.
BASICALLY.. IT HELPS TO ENHANCE AND STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM.. READ BELOW BUT THIS IS VERY SCIENTIFIC INFO DISCUSSED.
What Are The Benefits Of Colostrum?
Colostrum can be taken as a supplement and can provide a huge range of benefits for dogs of all ages. Bovine colostrum, which comes from cows, is fully compatible for dogs and for other species too. It’s an old remedy that was relied on before chemical companies began churning out chemicals and antibiotics.
Gloria Dodd DVM states: “Today the orthodoxy is in a losing battle with the infective organisms that have the capability of mutating, producing antibiotic resistant strains, and growing at faster numbers than the drugs can kill. It will always be so- this is the genetic code imprinted in the organisms that assure their survival. This is the beauty of Colostrum- the organisms have no time to reproduce. Colostrum’s healing effects are multifaceted. I have become a believer and recommend it in all ill animals and people no matter what the cause, in arthritic, allergic and autoimmune conditions. I have found it has reduced my allergy expressions of migraines and psoriasis since I have been taking 2 capsules 3 xs daily.”
How Colostrum Works
Research has identified an ingredient called praline-rich polypeptide (PRP) as one of the main components of colostrum responsible for eliminating or improving the symptoms of allergies. It is also thought to be potentially useful for other autoimmune conditions. According to Staroscik et al, 1983 (Molecular Immunology, Vol. 20, No. 12, pp. 1277-1282), PRP has the same ability to regulate activity of the immune system as do hormones produced by the thymus gland. It can stimulate an under active system into dealing with disease-causing organisms and it can also suppress an over active system that results from autoimmune disorders and allergic reactions.
PRP’s ability to reduce allergic symptoms is thought to be partly due to inhibition of the lymphocyte (white blood cell) and T-cell overproduction that’s normally associated with an allergic reaction. PRP may also assist in the creation of special cells (helper T-cells and suppressor T-cells) which suppress and switch off the immune response. Other studies have shown that PRP is highly anti-inflammatory, which helps to reduce the effects of the histamine that’s been released.
Bovine colostrum has also been shown to contain an array of antibodies to common allergens that can affect dogs. These antibodies are built up over time by the cows as they themselves respond to the allergens. When a dog ingests the antibodies contained in the colostrum, they remain on hand to assist in the body’s response to allergen exposure.
How Much Colostrum To Feed
Colostrum comes in capsules or in loose powdered form. It’s best fed on an empty stomach but can be fed with a small amount of yogurt or broth. Gloria Dodd DVM recommends the following:
Recommended dosage is for one-month minimum, then give as needed.
1/3 teaspoon powdered form/25 # body weight twice daily or:
The use of dog supplements has skyrocketed in recent years and with good reason. As more and more dog owners become concerned about the gaps in traditional veterinary care and the dangers of processed food, they have sought other ways to ensure the health and vitality of their four legged friends. More often than not, the answer comes in the form of an all natural supplement.
BUT MY Dog Food has Vitamins in it ...RIGHT?
DOG food companies do have supplements added to the food. THE problem is that many of the Qualities of the supplements are DAMAGED and lessened during the cooking and heating process. So the need for a Top Quality Supplement added in the form of a vitamin such as NuVET Plus, is necessary to protect your pets. NuVET PLUS is made in the USA and top quality human grade ingredients and NOT pet grade quality.. Much better for your pet to have HUMAN grade quality ingredients.
When you think about it, it's really quite simple. The same principles that apply to maintaining good health in humans also apply to dogs. Like us, dogs need a proper balance of vitamins, minerals and other natural substances to help absorb nutrients, break down carbohydrates and fats, aid in muscle and bone growth and keep skin and hair healthy. Natural supplements for dogs are the easiest way to ensure that your pet is getting all the essential nutrients on a daily basis.
There are two types of vitamins, water soluble and fat soluble. Fat soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E and K are stored in the liver and fatty tissue to be distributed in the body as needed. The water soluble vitamins like C and the B group are not stored in large quantities and must therefore be replenished on a daily basis. Dog supplements can give your pet its daily requirement of water soluble vitamins along with a host of other helpful natural substances.
Vitamins are particularly important for young dogs that are still growing and aging dogs that lose nutrients more rapidly. Adult dogs can also benefit from the extra health boost which comes with using natural supplements for dogs. Along with vitamins, natural supplements contain minerals,antioxidants and enzymes to help boost immune function, rid the body of built of toxins and fight off disease.
Natural antioxidants are extremely important as they work to rid the body of free radicals and other toxins which build up as the result of daily exposure to environmental irritants. Everything from pesticides, herbicides and household chemicals to additives and artificial flavorings in packaged dog foods can cause toxins to accumulate, hampering the proper function of the entire body. Dog supplements which contain antioxidants can help to combat this build up and improve the health of the immune system.
A strengthened immune system, improved liver health and increased vigor are just a few of the benefits which can be obtained with the use of quality dog supplements.
Of course vitamins will only really be effective if they are implemented as part of an overall healthy lifestyle. Make sure your dog gets a balanced diet, has regular veterinary check ups and gets lots of exercise and he'll be on the road to long life.
Your dog deserves your best, so why not treat your best friend to good health by choosing an all natural daily supplement? Nothing else can provide your dog with the nutrients it needs to grow and flourish like natural ingredients. Do your homework, consult your vet and find a supplement which works for your dog and you'll both feel better in the long run!
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My disclaimer for this site: Marie Peppers, Experience Licensed Nurse Trained in Holistic Pet Health; Supplements certifications* My comments to your questions are not to be used "in lieu of" veterinarian's advice ( I can work along with your Veterinarian on nutrition and home cooking needs )
Please see your local Veterinarian to rule out mites or fungal problems with your canine pal. This can be something your VET needs to deal with: Allergic Alopecia or Endocrine Disorders -Hormonal Imbalance need to be addressed.
I AM HAPPY TO WORK WITH YOU ONCE YOUR LOCAL VET HAS RULED OUT ANY SERIOUS ISSUES
After you have ruled them out then it's possible your pet is experiencing hair loss due to seasonal alopecia.
Here are a few natural options that I have had great luck with.
1. Add Flaxseed oil to the dog's diet -- 1- 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil with your dog's food to restore lost hair and prevent further hair loss. You should see results in about 30 days
2. NuVet Plus Supplement TREAT - Most of my clients at 1 to 1.5 NuVet Plus wafers or Powder treats per day .. LIVER flavor and Made in the USA - ( you should start to see results in 30 days )
Helps to repair the skin, grow new fur/hair, and strengthens the immune system to protect against allergies & free radicals & ( environmental hazards )