The use of bovine colostrum in medicine dates back thousands of years. Ayurvedic doctors have used it for physical and spiritual purposes throughout history.
Bovine colostrum was used all over the world for immune problems before the discovery of sulfa drugs and antibiotics.
Thousands of studies and human clinical trials worldwide prove colostrum is safe and therapeutic. More recent research shows that colostrum is one of the most important nutritional supplements available for enhancing and helping in tissue repair.
And the benefits of bovine colostrum for dogs are veyr impressive.
What Is Bovine Colostrum?
Colostrum comes from mother’s first milk.
Young calves get 60% of their antibody protection via the placenta and 40% from the mother’s milk. This happens during the first two days after birth. This fact allows them to survive on milk replacement.
It contains all the immune factors necessary for protecting the newborn from:
It also contains a balanced proportion of growth factors that are required for growth and healing. Current research shows that colostrum triggers at least fifty different functions in the newborn.
If a calf doesn’t receive colostrum, they’ll die within a week’s time. The unique property of bovine colostrum is that it’s a universal donor for all mammals.
Choosing The Best Bovine Colostrum For Your Dog
All colostrum is not created equal and should be evaluated before use. There are a few things to look for.
My research has shown that colostrum should:
- Come from a dairy. One where there’s no use of hormones, antibiotics, nuclear contamination, or pesticides.
- Be prepared without freezing and excessive heat.
- Be water soluble, and for best effect, come in a powder form.
Pasture-fed herds are the preferred source of colostrum. These herds produce colostrum that contains more beneficial enzymes. These enzymes help with the assimilation of the colostrum and are a more diversified immune source.
A fascinating fact about colostrum, is that it contains polyproline-rich peptides. These are a regulator of the thymus gland (master immune gland) of the body.
Polyproline-rich peptides establish homeostasis in the thymus gland. They do this by regulating an underactive or overactive thymus.
Research on the growth factors in colostrum has shown that salivary amylase and HCI in the stomach potentiate their activity. I’ve also observed the same principle in animals, as well as in myself.
For that reason, I tell my clients to feed it free choice, in powder form, at least 30 minutes or longer before feeding. I suggest once per day, first thing in the morning.
Palatability in dogs has been 100% and 90%+ in cats.
Uses Of Bovine Colostrum For Dogs
Colostrum has a very specific effect on the gastrointestinal tract. I’ve found that it improves the integrity of the intestinal mucosa better than any product I’ve ever used. It facilitates the balancing of the intestinal flora. It stabilizes the immune status of the gut. It also aids in digestion and proper motility of the bowel.
It’s very effective in aiding the healing process necessary for resolving these conditions. I’ve used it for:
- gastroenteritis of all kinds
- hemorrhagic enteritis
- absorption deficiencies
It’s helped in all these conditions and has no adverse side effects.
I’ve noted that homeopathic cases that haven’t responded have responded to colostrum.
My conclusion is that many of our animals are deficient in the enzymes, growth factors, and immunologic components. This makes it difficult for them to respond to homeopathic treatment.
I’ve found it’s the same with other treatments, including acupuncture, chiropractic and nutrition.
The point that I’m trying to make is that bovine colostrum for dogs complements any modality you’re using.
So far, my experience is that colostrum usually reduces or eliminates the needs for any particular supplement they’re on.
This is probably due to the increase in efficiency in the absorption of substances from the gut. Better efficiency of tissue repair from the growth factors is important too. A healthier immune system from the immunoglobulin also helps, as do other immune factors provided by the colostrum.
I’ve also noticed noted that colostrum is good for joint-related problems.
I’ve found that problems that improved with glucosamine but then declined, got better with colostrum.
From my reading, I’ve found that IgF is essential with glucosamine. Without adequate amounts the body doesn’t respond.
In humans, growth factor production begins declining after the onset of adolescence. By the age of 80 years it’s absent. Without these factors, death ensues. Without them you can’t repair the worn out cells in each of the organ systems, resulting in organ failure.
From observing animals for nearly three decades, I’ve noticed animals respond very much the same way to whatever medical modality is used.
This natural source of a package that contains all the immune and growth factors necessary for life. It should be considered in any health-related problem.