It’s cold, wet and dreary outside and you thaw in the heat of crackling fire warming your home. At your feet your pets are curled 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 be rundown?
Factors such as poor nutrition (inadequate minerals and vitamins or too many additives from food), neglect/abuse or stress, environmental pollutants as well as infection and bacteria are the main culprits. You can manage your pet’s nutritional management completely: remember that our pets rely on us completely – we can 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, cabbage). Other minerals that play an important role include zinc, selenium and vitamin E, vitamin B-6 and linoleic acid. If you intend giving your pet supplementation with vitamins and minerals - consult a professional nutritionist or speak to your vet – please note it is NOT a substitute for premium quality dog foods.
Can dogs and cats get colds and how are they treated?
As a matter of fact yes, although not the type of colds that we as humans contract! In cats, the most common "cold" is viral (herpes/calici virus) while the most common "cold" that dogs get is a combiantion of Bordetella and Flu virus. In cats, they might sneeze in rapid succession (sometimes called snuffles) whereas a dog may develop a cough. Conventional antibiotics are most used for viral infection with natural medicine providing supportive treatment (as well as still following good nutrition and hygiene). After recovery, your pet should also get plenty of exercise in the fresh air and sunshine while limiting your pet’s contact with strays, as they may be carriers of germs and disease.
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- Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) has a beneficial effect on the liver and digestive system while Dandelion is a rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, D, C, various B Vitamins, iron, lecithin, silicon, potassium, magnesium, zinc and manganese.
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