How many times have you left your vet’s office with a package of potentially harmful antibiotics for your dog?
Chances are it’s happened more than once, especially since conventional veterinarians prescribe them for just about any illness your dog has.
Whether it’s …
- kennel cough
- wound or skin irritation
- urinary tract infection
… most vets will turn to antibiotics to treat your dog. If they don’t know what’s wrong with your dog, they’ll even prescribe a round of antibiotics “just in case”.
That’s a really bad strategy for your dog’s overall health. Antibiotics are not harmless … they come with some long term side effects. What most people don’t realize is that antibiotics can seriously damage your dog … forever.
While antibiotics may knock out an infection, they’ll also do permanent harm to your dog’s gut health.
Along with the bad bacteria from the infection, antibiotics also kill the good bacteria that your dog needs to support his digestive health and immune system … and that damage is permanent. Even probiotics won’t repair it.
Martin Blaser of New York University’s Langone Medical Center states that antibiotics damage gut bacteria permanently…
“Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease. Overuse of antibiotics could be fuelling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.”
When antibiotics damage your dog’s gut bacteria, they don’t just cause digestive issues. About 80% of your dog’s immune system is in his gut, so an unhealthy gut means a lowered ability to resist disease.
That should be cause for concern …
… and a perfect reason to use antibiotics only as a last resort.
Fortunately, there are ways to avoid antibiotics by using safe, natural treatment options.
One of those options is a powerful medicinal herb called olive leaf. Olive leaf is a well known natural antibiotic … but it’s packed with many other medicinal uses as well.
Olive Leaf: Nature’s Antibiotic
Olive leaf, from the subtropical tree scientifically known as Olea europaea, is a potent antimicrobial with antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Its main active ingredient, oleuropein, boosts the immune system and helps fight against pathogens, including yeast fungi.
Oleuropein makes up 6 to 9 per cent of the dry weight of olive leaves … but olive leaf has other compounds like secoiridoids, flavonoids and triterpenes with a wide range of medicinal properties that also play a role in the herb’s therapeutic powers.
Here are just a few of the things olive leaf can do.
Olive leaf has the ability to deactivate pathogenic bacteria, yeast and viruses without harming the healthy microbes in your dog’s gut and mucous membranes. Medical antibiotics wipe out both good and bad microorganisms, leading to a disastrous internal microbial environment. Olive leaf extract is a powerful antimicrobial but selectively targets pathogenic strains of bad bacteria without harming the good bacteria.[Related: Three Natural Antibiotics For Your Dog]
Olive leaf’s broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses. It can inactivate viruses and directly penetrate infected cells where it stops viral replication, preventing spreading.
Olive leaf is rich in antioxidants that can help reduce free radical activity within the body. Free radicals are natural products of metabolism but need to be balanced with antioxidants, or they can harm the body at a cellular level. This is called oxidative stress and it can lead to cancer and other diseases. Antioxidants block free radical activity, helping the body in disease prevention.