Allergies are a very common concern for dog owners. Food, mold, grass and weed, even your cleaning products can cause your dog’s body to react.
Allergies are actually a major cause of all vet visits.
Many dog owners turn to risky drugs to suppress the symptoms, but there’s another option that’s way better – and safer!
I’m talking about colostrum for dogs.
Dogs show allergy symptoms when their immune systems begin to see certain substances as dangerous. These can be everyday allergens that suddenly become disliked. When this happens, the immune system overreacts to its presence.
The body assumes it’s being invaded by something nasty. It mounts an attack by calling up the forces to neutralize the invader. The defense involves the release of histamine.
Unfortunately, this response produces unwelcome symptoms:
- itchy skin
- irritated ears
- itchy feet
- hot spots
- breathing difficulties
In extreme cases the response can even lead to anaphylactic shock and death.
Typical allergens include pollen and spores, foods, and flea and insect bites.
What Is Colostrum?
Colostrum is the “first milk” produced by mammals immediately after giving birth. It contains a myriad of compounds that support the newborn infant’s immune system.
These compounds help control the body’s response to potentially harmful outside invaders.
What Are The Benefits Of Colostrum?
Colostrum can be taken as a supplement and can provide a huge range of benefits for dogs of all ages. Bovine colostrum, which comes from cows, is fully compatible for dogs. It’s an old remedy. People relied upon it long before companies began churning out chemicals and antibiotics.
Today the belief is that fighting allergies is a losing battle. Organisms have the ability to mutate, produce antibiotic-resistant strains, and grow at a faster rate than drugs can kill. This is why some believe it’s pointless to try.
Gloria Dodd DVM isn’t one of them. She says:
“It will always be this way. This is the genetic code imprinted in the organisms that assure their survival.
This is the beauty of colostrum – the organisms have no time to reproduce. Colostrum’s healing effects are multifaceted.
I recommend it in all ill animals and people no matter what the cause: arthritis, allergies and autoimmune conditions. I’ve found it has reduced my allergy expressions of migraines and psoriasis. I’ve been taking 2 capsules 3 times a day.”
[Related] There are several more benefits of colostrum for dogs. Click here to find them.
How Colostrum Works
What makes colostrum so good for allergies? The proline-rich polypeptide (PRP). It’s the ingredient responsible for eliminating or improving the symptoms of allergies.
But it isn’t just for allergies.
Research shows PRP can also be useful for other autoimmune conditions. It can:
- regulate the activity of the immune system (like hormones produced by the thymus gland).
- stimulate an underactive system into dealing with disease-causing organisms
- suppress an overactive system that results from autoimmune disorders and allergic reactions
Allergy symptoms decrease because white blood cell and T-cell overproduction is inhibited. These are normally associated with an allergic reaction. PRP may also assist in the creation of special cells (helper T-cells and suppressor T-cells). These can suppress and switch off the immune response.
Other studies show that PRP is highly anti-inflammatory. This helps reduce the effects of the histamine that’s released.
Bovine colostrum also contains an array of antibodies to common allergens. These antibodies build up over time by the cows as they themselves respond to the allergens.
When a dog ingests the antibodies in the colostrum, they remain on hand to assist in the body’s response to allergen exposure.
How Much Colostrum To Feed
Colostrum comes in capsules or in loose powdered form. It’s best fed on an empty stomach but can be fed with a small amount of yogurt or broth. Gloria Dodd DVM recommends the following:
The recommended dosage is for one month minimum, then give as needed.
1/3 teaspoon powdered form for 25lbs body weight twice daily or:
- Small dogs and cats –1 cap twice daily
- Medium to large dogs- 2 caps twice daily
For more information on the many uses of bovine colostrum, read this article by Dr. Stephen Blake DVM.