Immune Support For Dogs And Cats
Are you looking for a natural alternative to antibiotics? Tired of giving your pet prescription medications over and over for the same infection that keeps coming back? Antibiotics are essential when your pet is suffering with a bacterial infection, but they can lose effectiveness over time and worse, they can encourage the growth of “superbugs”. Pets can get into a vicious cycle of antibiotic and steroid use which can weaken their immune system. But, there is hope and there is help. Whether your pet needs immune support (e.g. immune boosters) or immune balancing (calming an overactive immune system from autoimmune) - Ask Ariel has the immune supplements to help your pet get better!
The Vicious Cycle of Antibiotic Use
Does your pet finish one round of antibiotics and then need another? Pets can get into a vicious cycle of using antibiotics. The main reason that dogs and cats are prescribed antibiotics is for the treatment of bacterial infections such as urinary tract, respiratory, gastrointestinal, ear and skin infections. Antibiotics for pets work by attacking the bacteria that is causing the infection. But, antibiotics also can destroy the healthy bacteria (part of your pet’s immune system) needed to fight infections and prevent them from recurring. This can set up a cycle of reinfection because every time the medication is stopped, the bad bacteria regrow faster than the good bacteria.
Side Effects Of Antibiotics In Cats And Dogs
Antibiotics can have a wide range of side effects. The most common is gastrointestinal upset which can manifest as vomiting, diarrhea and poor appetite. Other potential side effects are allergic reactions (skin irritations such as rashes or hives) or a secondary yeast infection. Yeast is a natural part of your pet’s intestinal flora that keeps other bacteria and parasites in balance, but antibiotic use and a weakened immune system can lead to a yeast overgrowth. A powerful probiotic is essential to maintain the proper balance of good bacteria and flora in the gut. Power Probiotic is the best probiotic for dogs and cats. It helps to prevent recurrent infections and provides powerful immune support.
SuperBugs From Continued Antibiotic Use
Continued use of antibiotics can lead to a pet developing “superbugs” - bacterial organisms that have developed the ability to resist the antibiotics that were designed to kill them. The number of reported cases is increasing in both cats and dogs. One such bacteria is methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP), similar to MRSA in humans. It is common for both dogs and humans to both carry Staphylococcus on their skin, but it remains dormant unless there is an injury or infection. Once a resistant bacteria is suspected or identified, it is imperative to have a culture and sensitivity test to see what antibiotics may treat the infection. When a pet develops superbugs, it is a warning sign that a much more comprehensive approach to the pet’s immune system is warranted. A holistic approach with diet changes and natural supplements can greatly help to finally recover from the infection.
Recurrent infections can present a real challenge from a conventional veterinary standpoint as effective treatment options can become depleted. A recent veterinary study showed that almost 38% of all antibiotic prescriptions were given to dogs that showed no evidence of needing an antibiotic, some even tested negative for a bacterial infection. Antibiotic use and overuse can create uncomfortable side effects, an increase in recurrent infections and antibiotic resistance.* This is why using holistic immune support supplements for cats and dogs is essential.
*Reference: J Small Anim Pract. 2011 Jun 01; 52(6): 310–318. Therapeutic antibiotic use patterns in dogs.
Immune Booster Supplements
By using a few natural immune booster remedies, along with diet changes, you can help your pet finally recover from a chronic infection.
Immune Support Kit Contains three tasteless liquid remedies: NotaSAN, QuentaSAN and Silver Immune Support. These supplements help to 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.
- NotaSAN Drops - Natural homeopathic drops that fight infection and support your pet's immune system. Controls harmful bacteria and restores gut flora balance, improving digestive symptoms and immune function. Gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.
- QuentaSAN Drops - Excellent for fighting infections and virusesand providing immune support. Targets the lungs and upper respiratory system. Use along with NotaSAN on alternating nights for best results.
- Silver Immune Support For Pets - Silver Immune Support is an all-natural, easy to use remedy to help your pet recover from a bacterial infection or viral flare-up. It is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial and well tolerated even by tiny and young pets.
Power Probiotic - Essential for your pet's good health. Supports digestion, helps fight infection and enhances overall immunity. Very important if your pet has taken any antibiotics.
Immune Harmony - Plant sterol formula that slowly builds your pet’s immune system to help them feel better over time.
Autoimmune Balancing Supplements
When a pet has an autoimmune condition, their immune system is already hyperstimulated. The goal of natural autoimmune balancing supplements is to rebalance and modulate a pet's immune system, rather than overstimulate or suppress it. Dogs and cats with autoimmune diseases are frequently treated with steroid medications which reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system. Typically, they are prescribed for short periods of time but for serious autoimmune conditions may be prescribed on a long-term basis. The long-term use of steroids though can cause your dog or cat to become more vulnerable to bacterial infections.
Steroids destroy the natural bacteria your pet needs to maintain a healthy immune system and can have negative side effects such as a ravenous appetite and unquenchable thirst, restlessness and pacing, and the development or worsening of infections. Long term steroid use can also lead to Cushing’s disease. If your pet is on steroid medication, it is important to adhere to the directions provided by your veterinarian. Attempting to reduce your pet’s steroid medications yourself can have life-threatening consequences. Work with your veterinarian to introduce natural immune balancing supplements along with your pet’s prescribed protocol.
Immune Harmony - The #1 choice for pets with autoimmune conditions. Immune Harmony contains a unique, patented blend of plant sterols and antioxidants. Helps to balance your pet's immune system and improve the inflammatory response associated with autoimmune disease. This plant sterol remedy for pets helps maintain immune balance by supporting a weak immune system (pets with chronic viruses and infections or cancer) as well as pets with an overactive immune system (autoimmune).
Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets! A healthy balance of gut bacteria is vital to the welfare of your pet. For cats and dogs, the digestive tract is the most important (and largest) immune organ in their body. A proper ratio of good-to-bad bacteria is essential to ensure their immune system is working properly. Power Probiotic supports good digestion, helps fight infection and enhances overall immunity. Power Probiotic is guaranteed potency, easy to use and pets love it. Easy to administer--even for picky pets. Just open capsules and sprinkle on food!
Colostrum for Pets - Colostrum has been shown in research studies to enhance the digestive system and immune function. Our Colostrum for Pets is backed by scientific research and is independent third party tested. In fact, in a recent third party study that explored the product’s bioactive properties and ability to repair damaged cells as well as protect healthy cells, the Tegricel colostrum found in the Colostrum For Pets was shown to be three times as effective as the leading New Zealand colostrum supplier.
Resveratrol for Dogs - Resveratrol seems to re-balance and support immune function without hyperstimulation, which can yield exciting results and increased energy. Resveratrol, a compound found in various plants, has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer characteristics. A unique, premium formulation that is highly purified and potent. A small amount can go a long way.
The Best Diet for Immune System Support
The majority of your pet's immune system resides in the digestive tract, so when a pet poorly digests food or eats food that creates inflammation, this affects the natural immune response. If your dog or cat has a food allergy or intolerance, diet changes can make a huge difference, as certain foods can worsen inflammation. Feeding your pet the wrong diet can weaken their immune system and cause chronic inflammation. It can be upsetting to realize that most foods (even the highest quality, grain-free, premium diets) contain ingredients that are affecting yur pet’s immune response. 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.
Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com. We understand how challenging immune system disorders can be for you and your pets. We are here to help. If you need information about a particular pet health condition and the products that can help, please email us for assistance. We do ask for your understanding however, as we cannot provide any consultative advice due to veterinary regulations that require a physical exam.