Canine Colostrum ~Food for Thought
Posted by Jane Raymond-Ostrom on
Colostrum can play a vital role in the overall health of your dog's GI tract. This tract is a major battleground against most invading toxins, diseases or other pathogens. The damaged gut cells can lead to chronic inflammation of the intestinal lining. The pH of the gut may be altered and cause an imbalance of good/bad bacteria. The integrity of your dog's skin and coat is directly related to the function or dysfunction in the gut. Common dysfunctions include eczema, dermatitis, hair loss, hot spots and mange.
Colostrum contains numerous properties which play a critical role in the healing of the GI tract, destroying pathogens and preventing them from attaching to the intestinal wall. Colostrum has the ability to repair damaged tissue and promote healing of the mucous layer of the intestinal wall. Colostrum is one of nature's most potent immune builders containing 37 immune factors and 8 growth factors; both immune and growth factors work synergistically to combat illness and restore potent immune function. The growth factors help to improve nutrient uptake while promoting cellular and tissue repair.
It's imperative to have the immune and digestive systems functioning properly. Over 70% of immune cells are located in the gut, making it the largest immunal organ. When the GI tract becomes inflamed, nutrient absorption is compromised. Colostrum strengthens the immune system and can replace actual immune factors needed by the immune system to keep it disease free. When your pet takes on stress, there is a negative response to the immune system. Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea are shown to be the most symptomatic in the GI tract of dogs.
As pet owners, we may be unaware that itching, scaling, flaking, allergies, inflammation and auto immune disease are all related to dysfunctional gut issues. Heal the gut and the symptoms will fade away. Colostrum encourages the colonization of beneficial bacteria in the lower bowel; it's the safe alternative to antibiotic therapy with NO side effects. Canine Colostrum is a whole food and is 100% natural, unlike antibiotics. The onslaught of both good and bad bacteria by the use of antibiotics will force the immune system to work harder, leaving your canine with stress and fatigue.
Whether your canine is battling a serious health concern or you just want to strengthen their immune system; Colostrum can make a huge difference in their overall health and potential longevity. A newborn puppy, a 3-7 year old, and especially the seniors will all benefit from the addition of Canine Colostrum to their diet.