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Immunotherapy: How It Can Work For Your Dog

Posted by Tom Peters on

What is immunotherapy?

Immunotherapy revitalizes parts of a poorly functioning immune system. Immunotherapy works by stimulating the immune system to work more efficiently, making it work smarter, not harder.

Immunotherapy includes treatments that work in different ways. Some boost the body’s immune system in a very general way. Others help train the immune system to attack aberrant cells specifically.

Immunotherapy is best known because former president Jimmy Carter was on an immune-based drug treatment when he announced that there is no detectable cancer in his body.

What the immune system does

Immune systems are a collection of organs, special cells, and substances that help protect you from infections and some other diseases. Immune cells and the substances they make travel through your body to protect it from germs that cause infections. They also help protect you from mutated cells.

The immune system keeps track of all of the substances normally found in the body. Any new substance that the immune system doesn’t recognize raises an alarm, causing the immune system to attack it. For example, germs contain substances such as certain proteins that are not normally found in the human body. The immune system sees these as “foreign” and attacks them. The immune response can destroy anything containing the foreign substance, such as germs or cancer cells.

The immune system has a tougher time targeting mutated cells, though. This is because mutation starts when cells become altered and start to grow out of control. The immune system doesn’t always recognize these cells as foreign.

There are limits on the immune system’s ability to fight these mutations on its own, because healthy immune systems still develop mutations. Sometimes the immune system doesn’t see the mutated cells as foreign because the cells aren’t different enough from normal cells. Sometimes the immune system recognizes the cells, but the response might not be strong enough to destroy them.

To overcome this, researchers have found ways to help the immune system recognize mutated cells and strengthen its response so that it will destroy them.

How immunotherapy can work for your dog

Canine immune systems compared to human immune systems

The immune systems of both yourself and your dog have two levels of immunity; innate and acquired immunity. Innate immunity describes the immunity all mammals inherit from their genetics while acquired immunity is the knowledge an immune system gathers over time and exposure to bacteria, viruses and diseases.

As you may have noticed, dogs do not have the same hygienic standards as their human companions, leading them to further exposure to elements that damage the immune system. Dogs have no second thoughts about eating food off the floor or out of the trash. As you can see, this greatly increases a dog’s acquired immunity and arguably shows that the canine immune system is stronger than the human immune system.

But even healthy immune systems develop mutations. This is an unavoidable consequence of being alive. And while most mutations are destroyed by your dog’s immune system, some slip by undetected and can grow into damaging results. Or the cells are recognised but the immune response is not strong enough.

Given a dog's strong immune system foundations, both their innate immunity and acquired immunity, it is often best to allow a dog’s immune system to handle the current problem they are facing. And when they need extra help, immunotherapy is a very good choice for your dog.

Dogs have no placebo effect

The placebo effect is a remarkable phenomenon in which a placebo (a fake treatment, an inactive substance like sugar, distilled water, or saline solution) can sometimes improve a patient's condition simply because the person has the expectation that it will be helpful. Unfortunately, this can also work against a person. When a person is convinced a treatment is not going to work it has a negative effect on the outcome.

However, your dog has no expectations about his treatment. Without any preconceived notions, a supplement is allowed to work unhindered on a canine immune system. This makes your dog an ideal candidate for immunotherapy.

How to get started with dog immunotherapy

K9 Critical Care is the premier immunotherapy supplement for dogs, helping regulate your dog’s immune functions.

K9 Transfer Factors are a mother’s first milk supplement designed to boost your dog’s innate immune system function.

Get your dog started with a  custom immunotherapy pack.

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