Autoimmune Disease in Pets: Pillow Paw, Stomatitis in Cats, Immune Mediated Thrombocytopenia



Natural Treatments For Cats And Dogs
With Autoimmune Diseases

By Susan Blake D
avis, Pet Nutritionist



Autoimmune disease in cats and dogs may be characterized by
some of the following symptoms:
  • Puzzling, unusual symptoms, seemingly unrelated
  • Periods of sickness & periods of wellness (some pets can have a sudden life-threatening "attack")
  • Constant maladies---pet has chronic infections, muscle weakness or fatigue especially in a young pet
  • Chronic Inflammatory reactions that come and go
  • Bouts of attack on a specific body part (e.g. gums or thyroid)

In autoimmune disease, the pet's immune system is so overloaded that the pet's body forms antibodies to its own tissues and attacks itself. Autoimmune conditions can be one of the hardest illnesses to treat and conventional care typically involves the use of steroids to calm the overactive immune response. While there is typically a genetic predisposition, the onset of the attacks is associated with triggers (e.g. exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, stress, food allergens). Anatomy does not have to become destiny. Click here to learn more about food allergens and how they create inflammation.


There is hope for dogs and cats with autoimmune conditions. Identifying the triggers can help control the inflammation associated with autoimmune disease. Treating and controlling autoimmune disease symptoms is complex but not impossible. While it may be hard to reverse damage that has already occurred, holistic care can help manage the triggers which will directly effect the ongoing progression of the disease.


For example, pets can have thyroid abnormalities (dogs hypothyroidism and cats hyperthyroidism) as an autoimmune reaction to foods they are eating. The thyroid is a barometer and years of inflammation in the bowel can affect how the thyroid functions. Using a diet and supplements to reduce inflammation can in fact, help the pet's overall thyroid function. The pet may continue to need some thyroid support, but the amount of medication can often be reduced (rather than the typical increase as the disease progresses) and other health problems can be much better controlled (e.g. skin problems seen in dogs with thyroid disorders, for example).


Common autoimmune diseases found in pets:

  • Hypothyroidism in dogs (some forms)
  • Hyperthyroidism in cats (some forms)
  • Pillow Paw Disease
  • Stomatitis in cats
  • Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia
  • Dry Eye
  • Immune Thrombocytopenia
  • Lupus
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Immune-related arthritis



Cody

"We wanted to let you know how well the Immune Harmony has been working for Cody, our 5 year old spaniel/border collie mix. Cody has autoimmune thrombocytopenia (his immune system attacks his platelets)." -Pat A., PA



Diet Changes Can Help Cats and Dogs with Autoimmune Disease:

If your dog or cat has an autoimmune disease, dietary changes are essential. Pets need to eat a hypoallergenic, low carbohydrate diet to reduce inflammation. Use fresh foods such as a raw frozen rabbit diet and avoid feeding any dry food as it is high in carbohydrates. Using the supplement regimen combined with diet changes can greatly change the lives of cats and dogs with autoimmune disorders. We will help you! When ordering supplements, please be sure to include the food you are feeding your pet along with health issues directly on the order form at checkout. We will include FREE diet suggestions on the packing slip that comes with your order.



Pumpkin

"This is Pumpkin, who has been using your supplements (Immune Harmony, Power Probiotic, QuentaSAN / NotaSAN and Silver Support Spray), for about 8 months or more. He has Stomatitis, rodent ulcers, and many autoimmune issues. He has not had ANY flare ups since using the products, switching his food, and taking him off steroids which the Vet kept him on. Again, I thank you more than anything... He is my angel, and you have given me the chance at giving him the healthy life he deserves. Thank you.” - Cassandra, Florida



Essential Supplements for Pets with Autoimmune Disease:

Caution: only certain kinds of immune support supplements will be helpful and some can even be harmful. Since a pet with autoimmune disease has an immune system that is already overstimulated, using supplements that "strengthen" immune activity can often make the situation worse. Instead, use supplements that 1) reduce inflammation and/or 2) balance the immune system by quieting GI activity (the majority of a pet's immune system resides in the gut). We recommend the following for any pets with autoimmune disease:




Immune Support Kit


The Immune Support Kit contains three tasteless liquid formulas: Silver Immune Support, NotaSAN and QuentaSAN drops. These three remedies deliver fast relief for your pet's autoimmune symptoms (e.g. stomatitis, or Pillow Paw) and are easy to administer. They help modulate and support your pet's natural immune response rather than overstimulating it the way many supplements can.
Save on the package price when you buy all three natural remedies together.


  • Silver Immune Support For Pets is an all-natural, easy to use remedy to help your pet recover from bacterial infection or viral flare-up. Broad spectrum antimicrobial that is well-tolerated even by tiny pets.
  • NotaSAN Drops is a natural homeopathic formula that controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving immune function. Can be used safely long-term to prevent recurrences. Works best when used in conjunction with QuentaSAN Drops.
  • QuentaSAN Drops is a natural homeopathic formula that helps to restore gut flora balance, fights viruses, improves immune function. Many cats that have chronic bacterial infections, such as upper respiratory conditions, have underlying viral infections. Use along with NotaSAN for best results.


Immune Harmony modulates the Immune System with patented plant sterols--very well tolerated by both cats and dogs, #1 choice for autoimmune


Power Probiotic gently supports digestive health and repopulates good bacteria which supports immune health without overstimulation. The best probiotic for pets. Safe, Natural, NO -FILLERS!

Colostrum For Pets especially important if the pet had worms or parasites such as Giardia as a puppy or kitten causing the intestinal lining to be inflamed, supports the intestinal tract and immune system

Amazing Omegas Highest quality fish oil that reduces inflammation and is essential for pets with autoimmune disease