GUT IMMUNITY- the key to a healthy dog!!

Both detoxification and supporting gut immunity are important factors in any natural treatment plan. So what is GUT IMMUNITY??

Around 70-80% of your dog's immune system actually lies within the digestive intestinal tissues and is known as GALT (gut associated lymphatic tissue). If this becomes unbalanced (many factors can contribute to this including ongoing annual vaccinations, medications such as antibiotics and cortisone, excess grains, chemical flea/heartworm/worming treatments, parasites such as giardia and coccidian, stress/anxiety and general poor diet and even hereditary factors), the level of good bacteria (also known as the ‘microbiome’) diminishes and the gut can no longer keep the balance of health.
It is these beneficial bacteria that are responsible for not only combating bacteria, yeasts and other parasites and keeping levels of all of these in check, but also in reducing potential allergy reactions (wherever they occur in the body) and other immune responses.  When there are insufficient levels of friendly bacteria, a general state of inflammation can occur and what is known as ‘leaky gut syndrome’ (also referred to as increased gut permeability) often develops. This is essentially where the intestinal wall becomes permeable and damaged and undigested food particles along with other foreign bodies can pass directly into the blood stream prior to being properly digested in the small intestine.
This can lead to allergies (the immune system sees these food particles as something foreign invading the body ) and other systemic and chronic conditions if left untreated. These may be seemingly unrelated to the digestive system….problems such  as joint issues (weakened joints, dysplasia,  arthritis, etc) , upper respiratory infections and rhinitis, autoimmune diseases,  ear and eye  infections (and other recurring infections) as well as skin issues just to name a few!  All of these problems are connected by the fact that they are inflammatory processes. I always like to work from this gut perspective first to help correct the imbalance, heal the gut, rebuild a good gut flora and strengthen gut immunity again, as this will have a positive effect on the whole body. In conjunction with the gut being strengthened and healed, detoxification, rebalancing the overall immune system and reducing inflammation are key to bringing back balance and health.

It is really important to start working from the digestive system and then move outwards as part ofan holistic plan as the majority of chronic health conditions have a connection to the gut. Reducing overall inflammation, healing and detoxification are the keys.


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