Treating Autoimmune Disease in Dogs & CatsAutoimmune disease in dogs and cats is the immune system mistakenly attacking the body's healthy cells. For example, dogs and cats can have a thyroid abnormality that often stems from an autoimmune reaction. However, many things can cause an autoimmune response that compromises your pet's autoimmune health.
Triggers that prompt autoimmune disease in cats and dogs can be:
There is hope for dogs and cats with autoimmune diseases. Treating autoimmune diseases in pets by identifying the triggers can help control the associated inflammation. If your dog or cat has an autoimmune disease, click here to learn more about how to help your pet.
- Stress related
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies
Autoimmune Disease - Dog SymptomsRecognizing the symptoms of autoimmune disease in your dog is the first step to properly treating the problem. Autoimmune disease is characterized by periodic bouts of unusual symptoms that may appear to be unrelated.
Autoimmune disorders in dogs may include:
- Chronic health issues (e.g., one infection after another)
- Loss of appetite or anorexia
- Painful, swollen joints or lameness (immune-related arthritis)
- Skin problems (lesions, hair loss, coat changes)
- Ulcers in mucocutaneous junctions (nostrils, anus, mouth)
- Gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhea, vomiting, constipation)
- Unusual weight gain or loss
- Hematological disorders (bleeding, low platelets, etc.)
Examples of autoimmune disorders in dogs include:
• Hypothyroidism (canine autoimmune thyroiditis)*
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Addison’s Disease
• Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
• Lupus Erythematosus
• Immune Thrombocytopenia
*An estimated 90 percent of canine thyroid disease is caused by autoimmune thyroiditis.
Autoimmune Disease in Cats – SymptomsAutoimmune disease in cats is also characterized by puzzling, unusual symptoms similar to some of those in found in dogs. In contrast to hypothyroidism (abnormally low activity of the thyroid gland) in dogs, cats develop hyperthyroidism (overactivity of the thyroid gland). Common autoimmune diseases in cats include feline hyperthyroidism, stomatitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
Treating Autoimmune Disease in Pets
Autoimmune disease in dogs and cats can be one the hardest conditions to treat. However, diet and supplements can make a significant improvement in the quality of life for your cats and dogs.
Autoimmune Supplements for Pets Include:
- Immune Harmony – Contains a unique patented sterol formula and is the first line of defense for autoimmune disease in dogs and cats. Modulates the immune system and is very well tolerated.
- Power Probiotic - The best probiotic for pets! Backed by scientific research, this powerful multi-strain formula promotes the growth of friendly bacteria which are essential to a healthy immune system. Essential if your pet has taken antibiotics and steroids. Most pets love the taste too!
- NotaSAN Drops and Caps ules – Natural homeopathic formula that controls inflammation and infection associated with autoimmune disease in dogs and cats. Gentle, easy to administer and safe for long-term use.
- Quentans – Natural homeopathic formula that fights viruses and infection. Autoimmune disorders in cats especially often involve underlying viruses so using the NotaSAN and Quentans together is very effective in treating autoimmune disease in pets.
If you need help deciding which natural supplements to choose for supporting autoimmune health in dogs and cats, as well as which to choose to treat autoimmune diseases, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have extensive experience helping dogs and cats with autoimmune diseases and are happy to help!