Just like us, dogs have an immune system that helps them to defend themselves against bacteria and other viruses. Sometimes, the immune system needs a little helping hand to do its job well.
Here are 5 ways that you can naturally boost your dog's immune system.
#1 Provide your dog with superfoods
Of course, when it comes to your dog's health, you cannot ignore diet and exercise, just like with humans. These two factors are very important for your dog to stay in good health. Did you know that there are foods that are called "superfoods" that work wonders when it comes to boosting the immune system?
For example, blueberries have anti-cancer properties and help to protect against cardiovascular diseases and urinary infections. Watermelons contain vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B, and thiamine. It's also keeps you hydrated. Spinach is rich in iron and protects against cardiovascular issues. Just like blueberries, spinach has anti-cancer properties as well. Green beans are good for dogs because they are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C and K, as well as calcium, fiber and iron.
You can also give your dog broccoli, which is rich in vitamins. However, it's important to give your dog only a small portion of broccoli. It shouldn't be over 10% of your dog's meal. Another food that you can give to your dog is yogurt without sugar.
Always consult your vet for advice on what you can and can't feed to your dog.
#2 Make sports and exercise a priority
Sports and exercise is very beneficial for dogs. Not only does it release endorphins and improve blood circulation, but it also lowers blood pressure. Do not hesitate to encourage your dog to stay active.
You can also alternate between sport sessions and training sessions to keep your dog occupied and reduce their stress levels.
#3 Consider giving your dog dietary supplements
It's possible to provide your dog with dietary supplements. Some dietary supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids are recommended by vets as they are essential to keep a dog healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory and anti-itch properties. When it comes to omega-6 fatty acids, it helps their coat stay beautiful.
In any case, do not hesitate to ask for tips for your vet before giving your dog any type of dietary supplement.
#4 Keep an eye on your dog's digestion
Good digestion and a good absorption of nutrients are important for a dog's good health. Always be sure to keep an eye on your dog's digestion and the functioning of their intestines.
Remember to deworm your dog regularly so that their digestion stays optimal and to avoid behavioral problems.
You can also give your dog probiotics, such as Brewer's yeast, which are microorganisms that have a beneficial effect. Most notably, they improve the balance of the gut flora. However, make sure to respect the doses. Always consult your veterinarian before giving a new product to your dog.
#5 Help your dog live a non-stressful life
Stress is very bad for the health of both humans and animals. Reducing stress levels allows your dog to relax, which improves their overall health.
To reduce your dog's stress, do not hesitate to convince your dog to exercise and play often. It's best to have a schedule that your dog can follow to make sure that they get enough exercise. The regularity will be reassuring for your dog. Small massages and dietary supplements can also help prevent anxiety.
Make sure to consult your vet before feeding anything to you dog. They will know what is best for your dog based on their health, age, and weight.
Originally written by Agathe Warlop and translated by Jennifer Eubank.