The immune system of dogs and cats is made up of an organ system that defends a dog or cats body against multitude of foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, parasites and allergens. While the blood and lymph system are often used interchangeable with the immune system, the truth is that more than 70% of your dog or cat’s immune system resides in the intestinal tract.
Organs of the immune system include the blood, adrenal glands, thymus, lymph nodes, bone marrow, spleen, lungs, liver, skin and the intestines. The first lines of defense of the body are the intestinal tract, the skin, and the mouth.
The Immune System of dogs and cats basic functions is as follows:
Identifying and destroying unwanted substances or allergens. The immune system can distinguish between its own cells and tissues or foreign invaders.
Protecting the body against foreign invaders such as infectious agents (bacteria, viruses etc.), parasites harsh chemicals, toxins, pesticides and other foreign invaders and even strong medications, vaccines and chemotherapeutic drugs.
Included as part of the immune system is a function termed “The Immune Surveillance Theory” – which was described by two distinguished scientists, Lewis Thomas and Nobel Laureate Sir Macfarlane Burnet. In the late 1950s, Burnet, being influenced by Thomas’ work, proposed that newly forming cancer cells produced a new antigenic substance, which the body would attempt to destroy. This theory defined the basic function if the immune system.
For a healthy day to day quality of life it is important to support your dog or cats immune system by feeding a high quality natural diet, proper supplements to support the organ of the immune system and avoiding exposure to harsh chemicals and chronic use of strong medications. When your dog or cats immune system is compromised, you should add to his or her daily diet, natural remedies such as Earth Animal’s Immune Support, Daily Health Nuggets and Omega Oil. For Use In Dogs & Cats Only: An organic herbal blend that helps jump-start and balance the immune system. Helps provide immune support, strengthen cells and organs to guard against common conditions due to stress or weakness in the body. Active Ingredients per ml (20 drops): A Proprietary Blend of Organic & Wildcrafted Herbal Extracts (1:4) of Echinacea Pupurea Leaf and Root, Goldenseal, Astragalus Root, Pau D’Arco, Turmeric, Ashwaganda. Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol, Flower Essence Blend of (Cedar, Chamomile, Nastartium, Pansy, St. Johnwort, Wild Rose), Glycerine, Water. Directions For Use: ADMINISTER ORALLY, twice daily. Can be given with water or directly in the mouth. For maintenance, dose by weight, once daily or every other day.