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Hi there, Lyndall Pinchen Canine Naturopath from Canine Vitality back again (finally) to share with you the third and final part in my 3 part blog series on autoimmune disease in your dogs- what’s really going on. I must apologise for my absence but I have without internet for a few weeks and am still having a few issues but at least am back online! Anyway, back to this week’s post. So in our last two posts you might remember in part one we looked at what autoimmune diseases were and what are the 5 top causes. Then in part two, we took a look at the 5 steps to managing or resolving autoimmune conditions. Today, I wanted to take a look at 5 specific supplements that can really be helpful for any autoimmune disease. Please note that this information is general in nature and it’s important to always seek advice from your holistic practitioner before commencing any protocol for autoimmune conditions.
Vitamin D3: this vitamin or hormone (which is actually is) has been shown to have positive benefits to the outcome of a wide range of AI diseases and indeed, studies are showing that vitamin D deficiency is linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, thyroiditis and other AI conditions. Dogs do not get very much vitamin d from sunlight in the way that we do so they are dependent on getting it predominantly from their diet: According to research, up to 75% of dogs are showing as being deficient in this important vitamin. Ironically too, did you know that those steroids your dog has been prescribed for their autoimmune disease can actually further deplete vitamin D levels along with other important nutrients.
How does vitamin D help? Well it has many roles in your dog’s body but it has a significant impact on the health of the gut and we have already seen how the health of the gut can be a trigger for autoimmune disease patterns. Now when it comes to vitamin D, it’s always best to work with the diet to improve levels as supplementing without supervision is not recommended. There are 2 types of Vitamin D- D2 which comes mainly from plant sources while D3, the more biologically active and preferred type comes from animal sources like animal fats and organ meats. So focusing on a raw organic diet that is based around organic meats, bones and organ meats will see your dog getting good levels of this important vitamin.
Selenium: this essential trace element is important for a strong and balanced immune system- very beneficial in reducing inflammation in the gut. Selenium deficiency is also shown to alter the balance of the gut. In addition, selenium plays a critical role in the production of antioxidants in your dogs body including glutathione and other major antioxidants. Great food sources include sardines, organic beef, chicken and turkey, organic beef liver and eggs. For some dogs, supplementation will be required and once again, always be guided through your practitioner in terms of dosage as high levels of selenium can cause toxicity.
Alpha lipoic acid: this powerful antioxidant is also known as a universal antioxidant due to its ability to neutralise a wide range of free radicals in your dogs body. Free radicals are those very unstable molecules that are being constantly product in the body and can damage cells. Free radicals are linked to the development of all chronic and degenerative disease including AI conditions. Alpha lipoic acid can also helps modulate the immune response back to a more balanced state and has strong anti-inflammatory effect. While organic meats and liver in particular are good sources of this antioxidant, in most cases supplementation is required to get the full benefit. And remember that antioxidants in general are highly beneficial in the treatment of AI diseases.

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