The top health problems that affect dogs are….
- Arthritis/ Cancer/ Skin problems/ Digestive Illness.
Here are some helpful tips that you can add to your dogs feed on a daily basis that will help naturally boost their immune system. I will say that adding herbs to your dogs meal is not a over night cure for any dog illness, however the sooner you pet receives certain added nutritional vitamins and minerals to their diet, their general health will naturally improve.
Ginger (Zhinger officinalis)
Ginger is well known for its benefits to the digestive system, including relieving gas and nausea. But a less known effect is its ability to ease arthritis pain. Ginger does this by stopping the immune system from producing Leukotrienes , which cause inflammation. Ginger can also increase circulation for older dogs who lack mobility.
Caution: Ginger can thin the blood, so avoid it before any surgery or if your dog’s on anticoagulant drugs. It may also lower blood sugar and blood pressure, so talk to your vet if your dog has diabetes or has any kind of heart condition
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Turmeric is a root from the ginger family … it’s the spice that gives curry its yellow color. This little orange root is highly effective in relieving pain and also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s long been used in Ayurvedic medicine for arthritis and other types of pain, and has now become extremely popular in the western world. Countless studies have demonstrated its benefits in managing many wide-ranging health conditions.
Garlic (Allium Sativum)
- Boosting the Immune System: Garlic stimulates immune functions in the bloodstream by increasing the activities of killer cells (cells that seek out and destroy invading microbes and cancer cells). It is therefore beneficial for dogs with suppressed immune systems and dogs fighting cancer. Moderate garlic supplementation in the diets of even healthy dogs can boost their immunity and prevent cancer.
- Fighting Bacterial/Viral/Fungal Infections: Garlic is a powerful antimicrobial and antibiotic and is effective in fighting various forms of internal or external bacterial, viral, or fungal infection, including parasites ie tapeworm and protozoan organisms.
Fresh garlic fed as part of a dog’s diet can fight infections of the mouth, throat, respiratory tract, stomach, or intestines. Crushed garlic diluted in olive oil can be used as a topical antiseptic for minor injuries, ear mites and ear infections.
- Enhancing Liver Function: Garlic has detoxifying effects. At least six compounds contained in garlic can enhance liver function by helping the liver to eliminate toxins from the body, thereby preventing toxic accumulation that may lead to cancerous growths.
- Lowering Blood Cholesterol and Triglyceride Levels: Uncooked garlic mixed in with food helps to lower blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels in dogs, making it useful for certain breeds (e.g. miniature schnauzers, beagles) that are predisposed to hyperlipidemia, a condition in which the amount of fats (lipids) in the blood are elevated.
- Cardiovascular Tonic: A compound in garlic is effective at preventing blood clot formation in the vascular system. It can also reduce cholesterol levels and fat buildup in the arteries (atheorsclerosis). Therefore, it is an excellent cardiovascular tonic for older dogs.
- Tick/Flea Repellent: The exact reason and extent of garlic’s effect on Flea and tick prevention is not clear. It may be due to the odor released through the dog’s skin as the compounds in garlic are metabolized. Whatever the reason, there are a lot of anecdotal reports on the effectiveness of garlic (especially in combination with brewer’s yeast) as a tick/flea repellent.
Organic Olive Oil
Olive oil is rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, and it is a good source of phytonutrients as well. When added to your dog’s diet, olive oil can help to repair dry, flaky skin in as little as three days. Organic olive oil can also help with weight loss, also rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds that are believed to be effective in preventing cancers, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.