Boosting the Immune System to Fight Allergens

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I don’t know what it’s like where you are, but we seem to have a lot of insects flying about this year. Black flies, Deer Flies, Mosquitoes, & tiny flies called Ceratopogonidae, that we call, “no-see-ums”. If that wasn’t enough bugging, we are also dealing with tree damaging Gypsy Moth caterpillars which can also leave a dog gone itchy mark.

Instead of inhaling allergens, we dogs usually pick them up through our skin & from  insect bites, so we scratch, chew, roll & rub, making us prone to secondary ear & eye infections. All of which  I too suffered with every Spring until this  one. I haven’t had a hot spot or rash at all. I’m not scratching like a mad dog, nor biting myself raw.

We know that a strong immune system is impawtant for a dog’s health. So this lead us to the question, ‘Is my immune system stronger than it has been in the past?’ Which then lead us to the ask, ‘What’s different this year?’

This previous year I included a CBD oil (with 3rd party analysis). Off topic but grateful for 107 seizure free days.  We know CBD is beneficial to the immune system, improves hemostasis & works as an anti inflammatory.

I also started to included Omega Alpha’s Pet Vitality & EZ Mobility in my dinner meal. It was time to dog up to the fact I am a senior & need a senior’s formula to address my senior dog needs. Pet Vitality is my supplement for those needs. You can click on the link to read all about it.  The other supplement newly added is Omega Alpha’s EZ Mobility.  It was added as a seizure preventative due to it’s anti inflammatory properties, but it also supports healthy joints & flexibility. I need that for pawtrolling for chippies & Squirrels.

My daily Organic Raw Local Honey, blueberries & coconut yogurt also help to boost my immune system. As does taking a probiotic; my choice is Omega Alpha’s Probiotic 8 Plus.  I have included this in my meals for years.

We are increasingly learning that the ‘Gut is Everything’. So we feel a probiotic is wooftastically impawtant. Probiotic 8 Plus is a source of essential B vitamins, contains essential trace minerals & enzymes which aid digestion while enhancing absorption of nutrients.

We four leggers will react pretty much the same way as you humans when we get bit & allergies flare. Swelling & itchiness are common & if necessary an antihistamine can help relieve symptoms. I have a blog post about it that you can sniff out.

Today I’m inside mostly so bugs aren’t bugging me. It’s 32C here & that’s a bit too much for this good dog.

CEO Olivia

Suzie Q, Our Geriatric Good Dog

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Suzie & Olivia hanging out

Welcome to the final week of August. CEO Olivia here. The other day, I was asked how old fur-sister Suzie Q is. The truth is, we don’t know how old she is but our best guess is she’s in her mid teens. That makes her a senior or geriatric dog & therefore, she requires a little extra care.

Suzie is in very good health. Her coat is full, shiny & her weight is good. She can still zoom about in short bursts, just not for what seemed hours, as she once did.

We know she has pain in her back hips & shoulders. In order to help her, our huMom has added a few extras to her diet. At dinner, Suzie gets a natural pain relief supplement for dogs called “E-Z Mobility“. It’s made by a company called Omega Alpha. It supports healthy joints, flexibility & healthy muscles.

We both get  Turmeric paste every meal. It’s a good natural anti-inflammatory. We also both get CBD oil with our meals. In the morning we get a drop of pure CBD derived from hemp & at night with dinner we get a drop of CBD oil with a hint of THC derived from Cannabis. We’ve all noticed the latter seems to help Suzie a lot. Her posture has improved & she seems more relaxed.

Suzie will soon be seeing the vet for her geriatric profile which is a check-up for older dogs. She will be checked for overall body condition such as: eyes, ears, mouth, feet, hair coat, muscle mass & palpates for any abnormal growths. Also, we will look at blood chemistry profile, CBC, urinalysis, & thyroid test, all of which are important.

Suzie is much loved & gets great care. She is fed well, gets short walks every day, she has play time with her Knotty Toys For Good Dogs & she has a thickly padded dog bed to make her old bones more comfortable.

She may be a little hard of hearing & she doesn’t see as good as she once did, but her nose is still at 100% & together we sniff out wonderful stinks on our walks. I think having a family helps her too. She was alone for a very long time & we feel being a part of a larger pack means a lot to her. We all hope she has many happy years ahead of her still.

CEO Olivia