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Trina Haworth

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Immune Aid Supplements
« on: June 18, 2017, 06:53:47 PM »

Spud is 8mths, recently diagnosed SRMA - does anyone use supplements to help?

She has been regularly getting Garlic & Fenugreek Tabs from Dorwest Herbs as a herbal tick/flea repellant and also Billy No Mates Tincture... can I continue that with her on Pred??

Also has anyone used GWF Immune Aid supplement? Worth trying or not? http://www.gwfnutrition.com/immune-aid-dogs

Thanks in advance x


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Re: Immune Aid Supplements
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2017, 09:50:10 AM »


When a dog has an immune mediated disease the immune system confused.  It no longer recognises parts of it's own body as 'self' and it mounts an immune attack to destroy good cells.  The treatment for this is to significantly suppress the immune system using immunosuppressive doses of steroids and/or other immunosuppressant drugs.  The drugs virtually knock out the immune system to stop the production of autoantibodies and halt the destruction of good body cells. As the drugs are reduced the immune system gradually returns to normal function again - that is until another trigger is met that can start the disease process all over again.   Some dogs will only get an AI disease once, but some will relapse on occasions and they may even get a different AI disease.  You can't change the genetic predisposition to autoimmunity, that all dogs with an AI disease have, so the best way to prevent a relapse is to look at the things in the dog's environment and try to limit as many 'trigger factors' as you can, and this means keeping the dog as natural as possible. 

In the past I have used Dorwest garlic and fenugreek, and I am a great believer in holistic medicine to aid conventional medicine, or to optimise good health but when a dog has an AI disease you shouldn't boost the immune system because this will make it even more aggressive.  Garlic is an immune booster and it can also cause anaemia, so I wouldn't give garlic.


Likewise,  GFW sounds a good supplement but it is not what Spud needs right now.  Her immune system has to be suppressed and not enhanced.

When a dog is on high doses of steroids it should be on a gastroprotectant to avoid any stomach irritation from the preds.  Also, adding for example, milk thistle to the diet might help her liver to cope better with the effect of the steroids. Sometimes because the immune system is so suppressed the vet will prescribe a general antibiotic to prevent bacterial infections whilst the dog is vulnerable.   

Billy no mates can still be used because it is a natural repellent or you can make your own natural flea and tick repellent from essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, rose geranium, clary sage etc... total of 15 drops per 500ml of water.

It's a steep learning curve, for sure.