Treating Autoimmune Disease in Dogs & Cats
What Is An Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune disease in dogs and cats is the immune system mistakenly attacking the body's healthy cells. 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 often a genetic predisposition, the onset of attacks is associated with triggers (e.g. exposure to vaccines, environmental chemicals, stress, food allergens).
Triggers Of Autoimmune Disease
Triggers that prompt autoimmune disease in cats and dogs can be:
- Stress related
- Food allergies
- Environmental allergies
There Is Hope! There Is Help For Pets With Autoimmune Disease
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. A holistic approach using diet changes and supplements (along with conventional veterinary treatments from your veterinarian) can reduce symptoms and reliance on steroids and antibiotics. Please see below for our holistic remedies for cats and dogs with autoimmune disease. Our natural remedies for cats and dogs have been used successfully in veterinary hospitals since 2005. Ask Ariel's extensive experience and results helping pets with autoimmune disease is why our holistic pet supplements are recommended by veterinarians nationwide.
Autoimmune Disease in Dogs - Symptoms
Recognizing 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. Dogs can have periods of wellness and then triggers such as food allergies or stress can bring on an autoimmune attack.
Autoimmune disorders in dogs may include such symptoms as the following:
- 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.)
Common Autoimmune Disorders In Dogs:
• Hypothyroidism (canine autoimmune thyroiditis)
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease
• Addison’s Disease
• Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
• Lupus Erythematosus
• Immune Thrombocytopenia
Autoimmune Disease in Cats – Symptoms
Autoimmune 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). There may be periods of sickness and periods of wellness. Your cat may have constant ailments, such as chronic infections. Your cat may improve for awhile with a steroid injection (e.g. stomatitis or pillow paw) only to have the symptoms return (e.g. redness, swelling, soreness) after the effects of the medications wear off. Symptoms may seem unusual and unrelated, when in fact they are all part of the same condition -- autoimmune disease.
Common Autoimmune Disorders In Cats:
• Hyperthyroidism (some forms)
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
• Pillow Paw
• Lupus Erythematosus
• Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA)
Holistic Treatments for Cats And Dogs With Autoimmune Disease
At Ask Ariel, we specialize in providing holistic treatments for pets with autoimmune disease. Pet Nutritionist Susan Blake Davis used these supplements along with veterinarians at VCA hospitals to help pets with conditions such as hyperthyroidism, pillow paw, IBD and more. Our natural remedies for autoimmune disease can be used along with conventional veterinary treatments such as steroids and antibiotics.
The goal of the supplements is to reduce infection and inflammation so that reliance on steroids and antibiotics can be reduced. Over the years, we have seen many pets with IBD for example who with diet changes and supplements, are able to finally stop prednisone. Our extensive experience helping pets with autoimmune condition has helped us identify the proper natural remedies that rebalance and modulate a pet's immune system, rather than overstimulate it. Caution should be used whenever "immune support" supplements are given to pets with autoimmune disease. Many pet owners see their pets suffering with constant infections and use herbal remedies that for a normal immune system might help, however, for a pet with autoimmune disease, it might make the pet worse. When pets have an autoimmune disease, the immune system is overstimulated to such an extent that their body forms antibodies to its own tissues and attacks itself. Thus, the goal of our autoimmune protocol is to rebalance and calm the already over-stimulated immune response.
Best Natural Supplements For Pets With Autoimmune Disease
The Immune Support Kit Is An Effective, Easy To Use Home Remedy For Dogs and Cats With Autoimmune Conditions
Contains three tasteless, natural remedies. 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.
NotaSAN - Natural homeopathic formula that fights infection and supports 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 - Natural homeopathic formula that fights viruses and infection, especially targeting the lung and upper respiratory system. Autoimmune disorders in cats especially often involve underlying viruses so using the NotaSAN and QuentaSAN together is very effective in treating autoimmune disease in pets.
Silver Immune Support - 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 pets.
Amazing Omegas - Highest quality fish oil that reduces inflammation and is essential for pets with autoimmune disease.
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. Critical to use if your pet has taken antibiotics and steroids. Most pets love the taste too. Safe, natural and NO FILLERS!
Immune Harmony - Contains a unique patented sterol supplement that provides long-term immune support. Very helpful for pets with viruses, autoimmune disease and cancer. Very well tolerated by both cats and dogs. Use with other supplements that help to readily relieve autoimmune symptoms, while this remedy helps to support the long-term health of your pet's immune system.
Diet Changes Can Help Cats and Dogs With Autoimmune Disease:
Poor digestion is an important factor with autoimmune disease. Inflammation in the digestive tract taxes your pet's immune system. 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 triggers an autoimmune attack. If your dog or cat has an autoimmune disease, dietary changes are essential, as certain food allergens can worsen inflammation. Many pet owners might not realize that many foods (even the highest quality, grain-free, premium diets) are contributing to the autoimmune conditions. Dry food, for example, is made with starchy carbohydrates which convert to sugar. Feeding your pet the wrong diet can weaken their immune system, triggering an autoimmune reaction. It can be upsetting to realize that most foods contain ingredients that are worsening your pet's condition, but there is hope, as once the offending foods are eliminated, the inflammation can greatly subside. 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.
Need Help? Please email us at Support@AskAriel.com
We understand how challenging autoimmune disease 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.