5 Everyday Foods That Can Help Prevent Distemper
Healthy Diet, Healthy Dog!
Distemper isn’t something to underestimate. With a mortality rate of 50% in adult dogs and 80% in puppies, it’s considered one of the deadliest diseases in dogs. To make things even worse, there’s currently no available cure for it. The only way for infected dogs to recover is through supportive care, which, depending on a number of factors, may or may not be successful.
For that reason, vaccinating dogs against Distemper is a must. However, since Distemper vaccines only protect against the most common strains of the virus, that leaves a slight chance of vaccinated dogs still becoming infected.
As unnerving as that may sound, there’s no reason to panic. The key is to make sure that your canine friend maintains a healthy lifestyle in addition to completing their Distemper shots. Remember, the main purpose of your dog’s immune system is to fend off harmful pathogens. So as long as it stays strong and healthy, your dog will, too!
Incorporate these 5 everyday foods to your dog’s diet to boost the immune system and prevent Distemper:
Easy to prepare and highly nutritious, bone broth is popular among dog owners as a go-to food option for sick dogs and elderly canines suffering from arthritis. Not only is it rich in cartilage and joint-repairing nutrients called glucosamine and chondroitin, but it’s also packed with immune-boosting vitamins.
This includes vitamin C, which helps keep cells healthy and free of toxins; vitamin D, which improves bone health and development; and vitamin K, which aids in proper blood clotting and triggers proteins that help the body exhibit normal immune responses.
When making bone broth for your dog, you can use both raw or cooked bones. However, since cooking bones can strip some of the nutrients away, go for raw bones if possible.
Aside from its powerful antioxidant and anti-cancer properties, rosemary contains high amounts of iron, calcium, and vitamin B6—all of which play a huge role in keeping the immune system running smoothly. Iron is crucial for the production of infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes, vitamin B6 helps the immune system to respond to infection properly, and calcium aids in the absorption of vitamins and nutrients that enter the body.
That’s not all! Rosemary also helps improve mood and contains anti-inflammatory properties that keep the digestive system healthy and free of foreign material. Keep in mind however, that rosemary should only be given in small quantities and to dogs that aren’t pregnant.
While most of us—humans and dogs alike—enjoy yogurt for its delightful taste, what makes it a great addition to your dog’s current diet are the probiotics or “good bacteria” that it contains. They’re essential to keeping the balance between good and bad bacteria inside your dog’s body, as well as keeping the body free of diseases and infections.
However, only give your dog plain, unsweetened yogurt. Any additives, including sugar, dairy, artificial sweeteners (especially xylitol), dyes, and flavors, can make dogs feel sick or even cause health problems.
Since Distemper is known to attack the digestive system, it’s important to make sure that your dog’s tummy parts are in pristine condition. One way to do that is to feed them canned pumpkin!
Pumpkin is known for its high fiber content and its incredible ability to both treat and prevent digestive issues, such as diarrhea and constipation. In addition, it’s also packed with potassium, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Blueberries aren’t called superfoods for nothing! On top of being low in calories, they’re packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and nutrients that help support the immune system and improve overall health. This includes copper, beta-carotene, folate, manganese, vitamin A, and vitamin E. And the best thing is, dog’s love them!