We deal with problems like Autoimmune Conditions frequently with numerous clients from all over the country. Our experience with issues like this has helped us become one of the few places people can go for answers to help solve tough issues with their dogs and cats.
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Our Natural Autoimmune Condition Protocol
From our experience there is no single miracle cure for a particular disease state. That is why we use a variety of supplements that all have different effects on the body to produce resolution of the imbalance. The important thing here is that they are TRULY all-natural, whole food nutrients that require little energy by the body to utilize, provide a big nutritional punch and have no scary side-effects! This is especially true when dealing with sometimes hard to alleviate conditions.
Recommendation #1 - Balance the Immune System
Autoimmune conditions involve an immune system that is over-reactive and begins to develop antibodies against its own tissue. What we want to do here is to try and bring the immune system back into balance and regulate it so it is not so destructive. These product recommendations support the thymus gland, the master immune gland, and also provide anti-inflammatory aspects which we will discuss more later.
Immune Balance for Dogs and Cats
Thymus Glandular for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #2 - Reduce Inflammation
Damage to tissue in the body results in inflammation. This is exactly what happens in autoimmune conditions as the body attacks and destroys various tissues (depending on the particular condition) resulting in extreme levels of inflammation. We want to reduce this inflammation and thereby reduce damage occurring throughout the body and lessen any discomfort as well.
Systemic Enzymes for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #3 - Reduce Autoantibodies
Circulating immune factors are suspected to be one of the major factors contributing to tissue destruction in autoimmune conditions. These autoantibodies as they are called are the culprits and a major suspected cause is vaccinations. Studies have shown that the more vaccinations your animal gets the more circulating autoantibodies that animal has. If you suspect or know that your dog or cat has an autoimmune condition they should no longer be vaccinated! You can get an exemption letter for the rabies vaccine from your veterinarian. If they will not provide you with a letter to give to your town or county, I suggest you find another vet.
In addition, research has shown that systemic enzymes, particularly the proteases, break the bond that holds these circulating autoantibodies together, reducing or eliminating their destructive effects, so they can be very helpful in the case of autoimmune conditions.
Systemic Enzymes for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #4 - Repair the Digestive Tract
Abnormal bowel permeability has been associated with autoimmune conditions. This condition, also called Leaky Gut, allows food and bacteria to slip through the digestive tract into the bloodstream due to abnormal intestinal permeability. This results in an immune system response and increased levels of immune complexes in the blood. It is believed that these antigens (substances) are similar to antigens found in tissue. So antibodies formed to attack and rid the body of these antigens actually attack the body's own tissue by mistake. This permeability is caused by, or increased, by the use of NSAIDs so their use should be discontinued. What we want to do in this instance is to provide the body with nutrients that it needs to heal and repair the lining of the digestive tract and that is what this next product does.
Repair and Strengthen
Recommendation #5 - Improve Digestion with Plant Enzymes and Probiotics
Poor digestion can lead to larger than normal products passing through the digestive tract as mentioned above. In addition, small intestine bacterial overgrowth has been associated with cases of autoimmune conditions. When this occurs the equilibrium of microbial flora in the small intestine is out balance. This occurs because of the use of antibiotics or NSAIDs, that damage intestinal flora allowing opportunistic bacteria and fungi to travel up from the colon. These other organisms interfere with digestion and secrete toxins. We have to increase the efficiency of your dog or cat's digestion and provide sufficient levels of probiotic organisms to bring the small intestine back into balance. We have the perfect enzyme and probiotic formula for this job.
Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #6 - Acidify the Gut for Optimum Digestion
Many animals we see are having problems with hypochloridia, or low stomach acid output. Feeding a kibble diet raises the alkalinity of your pet's stomach resulting in incomplete digestion, but dogs and cats can have problems digesting other food as well. This contributes to many inflammatory issues in the body such as autoimmune conditions, irritable bowel issues, arthritis and allergies. In order to acidify the gut many people use apple cider vinegar. We prefer our Probiotic Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is rich in lactic acid that creates an optimal environment for digestion as opposed to acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.
Probiotic Digestive Tonic for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #7 - Provide Whole Food Nutrients and Antioxidants
Tissue damage leads to inflammation and the production of free radicals. These particles are a primary cause of premature aging and disease. We want to provide your animal with high quality antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals to not only fight tissue damage but prevent damage to cellular DNA. We also want to provide high quality nutrients that the body can use to heal and repair itself. Nutrients from whole foods are much more bioavailable to your animal's body and don't place a work load on the liver and kidneys as do synthetic vitamin and mineral supplements.
Biopreparation Microalgae for Dogs and Cats
and/or one of the following:
Male Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats
Female Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #8 - Supplement with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Inflammation causes pain and also leads to the creation of free radicals as mentioned earlier. Another way to counter this inflammation in your pet's body is with omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3's are anti-inflammatory as opposed to inflammatory omega 6's and 9's found in grains and factory farmed meat (used in most pet food). Fish oil is a good source of EPA & DHA omega 3 fatty acids, but it is important to choose your supplement wisely. Fish oil can be contaminated because of our oceans, so you should purchase a well known and highly respected brand, not just any brand for this particular item. Nordic Naturals produces the finest fish oil in its natural triglyceride form, which studies have shown is the preferred form of fish oil.
Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Pet for Dogs and Cats
Recommendation #9 - Provide a Healthy Diet
Diet plays an important role in your animal's long term health. Feeding a raw whole food diet is the biologically appropriate way to feed an animal. If you do not want to feed raw, or can't for some reason, then sticking as close to whole food as possible is always best. An animal that suffers with an autoimmune condition is almost certainly going to have a more difficult time digesting a kibble pet food.
View our recommendations here:
How to Feed Your Dog
How to Feed Your Cat
If this all seems complicated, and you would like personal guidance dealing with an autoimmune condition for your dog or cat, we would be happy to help. Philip is a Master Herbalist who specializes in conditions such as this. He will provide you with a holistic protocol specifically for your animal. If you would like personal guidance please click here: Pet Health Consultation.