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Ways to Naturally Boost Your Pet’s Immune System

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There’s no doubt that you care for your pet and want him to enjoy a healthy immune system. A malfunctioning immune system can open the door to a wide range of infections, such as diabetes, cancer or osteoarthritis. When you boost your pet’s immune system, you reduce all these risks and can contribute to the overall improvement of his well-being and health.

4 Natural Ways to Boost Your Pet’s Immune System

Just like in humans, dogs, cats and other pets have an immune system that is directly connected to other systems in the body. This system acts as a repellent shield, keeping diseases away. The great news is that you can naturally boost your pet’s immune system by making sure you feed him the right food, adding probiotics to his meal, making him exercise on a daily basis and harnessing the power of dog massage. Let’s take a closer look at the 4 ways to naturally boost your pet’s immune system and keep him healthy for many years to come.

Exercising Is Life

Keeping your pet fit is by far the best way to naturally boost his immune system. According to Dr. Ken Tudor, a holistic veterinarian in California, animals who store excess fat have to deal with a weaker immune system; fat stores over 40 inflammation-promoting hormones. For dogs and cats, these hormones can dramatically weaken the immune system. You need to make sure your pet is exercising on a daily basis if you want to keep him fit and ensure the inflammation-promoting hormones are kept at a minimum level.

Choose the Right Diet

A balanced diet is paramount for your pet’s immune system. Feed your pet the diet recommended for him. You can look for it online. Try to avoid diets rich in starches, because starches have been found to promote inflammation. Specialists recommend a starch-free, grain-free diet that includes lots of vegetables and fresh meat. To find the right diet for your pet, we advise you to consult with your local veterinarian.

Consider Adding Probiotics

Probiotics are extremely beneficial for your dog or cat. They are building up the intestinal flora, promoting healthy digestion and ensuring your pet’s immune system gets all the nutrients and minerals it needs to thrive. However, remember to use quality probiotics. Lesser quality probiotics may contain traces of allergens, which your pet might be allergic to. In addition to probiotics, consider adding to your pet’s diet supplements rich in fish oil and curcumin. These have anti-cancer properties and can be used to temper the body’s inflammatory response.

Consider a Massage

Lastly, you can dramatically boost your pet’s immune system by making him feel relaxed. A dog or cat massage should do the trick here. Research conducted back in 2014 shows that massage can enhance immune functions and enable the immune system to heal itself. This test was performed on humans, but its conclusions work just the same on animals.

With these in mind, it is time to start boosting your pet’s immune system. Take your pet health seriously and you’ll be able to prolong his life and enjoy many more years with your furry baby.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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