Holistic support for autoimmune disease in dogs is likely to provide the most beneficial results. The idea of an autoimmune disease is alien in Nature. The body would never, in a million years, start to attack itself in a wild animal or a naturally raised animal. Or person.
Although the veterinary (and medical) profession is ready to tell you there is no known cause for these troublesome conditions in anyone, not just dogs, independent research tells us otherwise.
The condition refers to a number of disorders, rather than just a single one. In effect, the dogs immune system is no longer working.
Common Autoimmune Diseases in Dogs
Allergies are probably the most common condition and can take a variety of forms, the most common being a violent itch and/or a red and inflamed skin or areas of the skin. Vets are, often too quick, to put the condition down to a bacterial infection and will prescribe course after course of antibiotics which do nothing but upset the gut flora, an essential part of the immune system.
Hypothyroidism is another common sequel of this condition. The dog becomes indisposed to exercise and gain weight. They become depressed. Hair loss can occur. The veterinary solution is to keep them permanently on synthetic thyroid hormones.
Immune mediated hemolytic anaemia is when the red blood cells are destroyed. This often happens very rapidly leading to extreme weakness and lethargy. The veterinary solution is to give massive doses of immune suppressive drugs which have no guarantee of stopping the red blood cell destruction and will lead to more ailments.
Immune mediated thrombocytopenia is when the blood platelets are destroyed, rather than the blood cells. Platelets are essential in the clotting process when bleeding occurs. The first signs you notice maybe bruising. This condition gets the same veterinary treatment as with the hemolytic anaemia.
Other conditions include other endocrine glands and their associated diseases (eg diabetes), the eyes, the digestive system, the bones and joints, the kidneys, the liver, the heart, pain, fever, swollen lymph nodes, weakness, lupus and probably a lot more.
Despite the mountains of research, not to mention the billions spent and the huge number of animals used in the research, there is very little veterinary progress in treating any disease, especially the autoimmune diseases. Typically, in these situations, instead of doing independent, real scientific research, the dogs genetics are blamed.
Thus, putting the blame on the sufferer rather than looking at what is really going on.
Understanding Autoimmune Disease In Dogs
To understand this condition, you have to look back into the history of when it started and what was happening at the time, as there may not be a single factor involved. Like the disease itself, having multiple expressions, the causes are likely to be many combined.
The relatively new science of epigentics tell us what homeopaths have known for hundreds of years – that the environment has a much greater impact on the health of anyone, than do the genetics. Not only that, but when you get the environment right, you can put any genetic tendency into dormancy.
The environment consists of everything in your dogs life – the diet, the life style, the stress, the health care.
Typical commercial dog food consists of poor quality, inappropriate food for the species, supplemented with toxic synthetic ‘supplements’ that do nothing to support a healthy immune system that your dog is born with. This hideous ‘food’ keeps your dog alive, but doesn’t keep them healthy.
The lifestyle of many dogs is not in keeping with their natural needs. These basic needs are to live in companionship, or a pack, to have plenty of exercise in the fresh air and to get out into the sunshine. To deny these basic needs leads to bad habits such as continuous barking and digging up the garden.
Stress can be psychological and/or physical. The psychological needs of dogs is little understood and most of the current dog training is barbaric and cruel. The Dog Whisperer offers true training from the dogs point of view.
The stress from early removal from the mother is unimaginable, when you consider wild wolves are still feeding their puppies, even a little, at nine months. An eight week old puppy often goes into a black hole of depression and despair, especially when they are confined on their own in a crate, the bathroom or laundry.
Physical stress can come from exposure to household and garden chemicals that affect them far more than us. This is partly because they are more sensitive beings than we are, partly because they are closer to the ground so get a stronger dose.
The current, what passes as veterinary health care, is barbaric and unscientific, despite all the claims. Take away the antibiotics, the steroids and the vaccines and you’re left with very little. The drugs themselves are synthetic. The body doesn’t know how to deal with anything synthetic, which must lead to immune compromise. Year after year, generation after generation, takes its toll.
The Holistic Support For Autoimmune Disease In Dogs
What can you do now? Especially if your dog has undergone all of the above? All is not lost! Starting today, you can change the diet to a more natural, healthy, balanced, raw diet akin to the one they evolved on. A natural, species specific diet is known to reverse many severe conditions including cancer.
However the autoimmune diseases usually need extra help. It is probable that only good homeopathic treatment is capable of fully reversing an autoimmune disease in dogs, or in anyone. But the diet needs to be part of the treatment as does improving the living conditions.