How to Strengthen Dog Immunity in Autumn?
Advice and tips on how we should strengthen our immunity are pouring in on us from all sides. In this respect, however, we should not forget our four-legged friends, who also need a strong immunity during autumn and winter. How can we help them?
Plenty of physical activity
Physical activity is one of the basic pillars. It promotes proper blood flow, supports the function of the lungs, heart and other organs. Take the dog out as often as you can. Go jogging with him, take him along to visit your friends, on trips to nature and even on a special dog playground, where he can meet other furry buddies.
This is also important for strong immunity. In various places, the dog encounters microorganisms that do not occur at home and develops a certain immunity to them, which will help him in his future life.
You can also take lessons at the training ground. These are not just for teaching a dog obedience. There are many activities these days that you can do together just for fun. At the same time, the dog will indulge in a regular dose of physical activity and will be in good shape.
Watch out for catching a cold
There is a risk of catching a cold with outdoor activities during this period. If you are going for a longer walk and it is already cold outside or there is a risk of rain, you should consider purchasing dog clothes of high quality, preferably of waterproof material. In particular, if you are the owners of smaller breeds or senior dogs who do not run much and therefore are not able to warm up enough. We wrote an article about sensible dog clothes, see below: https://www.welovedogs.cz/en/dog-blog/108
The right food
Do not underestimate the high-quality food of your dog. This is another of the factors that influence the state of immunity the most. Many problems with the immune system are based on intestinal dysfunction. Antibodies called immunoglobulins are made in the intestines and there are many types of healthy organisms. If their balance is disturbed, e.g. by a poor quality food, the dog is much more susceptible to various diseases.
An enemy called stress
Stress is a threat not only to humans, but it is also a great enemy of animals. As well as in humans, stress can greatly weaken the immunity of dogs, which are then much more susceptible to various diseases. Unlike people, however, your four-legged friend will never tell you what he is going through and that some situations are stressful for him.
Therefore, we should always be vigilant and reveal indicators that tell us something is wrong with the dog. It can be shaking, howling, defecation at home, quick breathing, hiding, destroying things in the apartment etc. Every dog is an individual, and therefore can be stressed by something else. But if we give him a loving home, stress should have no place in his life.
So, we know the basic pillars of healthy immunity. And in cases, where we can no longer help, we must call the doctor. Vaccination protects dogs against many diseases lurking outside. It is not pleasant for any master to see sad dog eyes at the vet, but it is important to undergo basic vaccination. In autumn, for example, there is kennel cough, which can make life very unpleasant for dogs. Today, there is vaccination also against this disease.
The power of nature can also help to boost immunity. You may have heard of the freshwater alga spirulina and its positive effect on human health. And, surprisingly, it also helps dogs. Not only it suppresses bad breath and flatulence, but it also inhibits viruses and strengthens the organs that dogs need for a healthy and well-functioning immune system.
Also oyster mushroom has miraculous effects having a positive effect on strengthening the immune system. The mushroom can be administered to animals, for example in the form of syrup or tablets. It is also suitable after repeated infectious diseases, but it can also support wound healing. It is priceless during periods of increased mental or physical stress. Echinacea, evening primrose and salmon oil, milk thistle, flaxseed, etc. are also effective.