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Pet immune systems and probiotics

Team Walmart Pets

June 16, 2021


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You’ve probably seen advertisements for products marketed as “immune system boosters” for your pet and wondered if you should give them a try — especially if your furry friend has a weak immune system due to chronic or terminal disease. But before you open your wallet, let’s take a second to learn about your pet’s immune system and how we can change it for the better. 

Your pet goes through the week, and day in and day out, they deal with a very delicate balancing act with their immune system. Too little activity and they’re subject to foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. Too much activity and they can suffer from autoimmune diseases like immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.

The ideal immune system is not too lazy, but also not overactive. Finding this balance is a natural part of being alive and healthy. 

Should you boost your pet’s immune system?

As we alluded to before, boosting a pet’s immune system isn’t necessarily something you want to do. Supporting an immune system, however, is entirely fair game. And there are some very easy ways to do it:

Immune system booster foods

Feed a high-quality diet that is complete and balanced for your pet’s life stage. Puppies should not eat food meant for a geriatric pet, and vice versa. If you have questions about the best food for your pet, ask your veterinarian (NOT the person behind the cash register at a pet store). 

Follow appropriate vaccine protocols

Vaccinate your pet according to their lifestyle. Not every pet needs every vaccine every year. If your vet does not tailor their vaccine protocol based on every individual pet, you should try finding one who does.

Have your pet try probiotics

About 70% of a dog or cat’s immune system is located in their gut. In probiotics, the good bacteria help balance out the bad bacteria, which restores balance in the gut, which leads to a healthier immune system. That wasn’t too hard, was it?

There are many probiotics for dogs and cats available. Speak to your veterinarian about which might be a good choice for your pet. 

Keeping your pet healthy all year

Hopefully, by following our advice, you can keep your pet’s immune system balanced and avoid any unplanned trips to the vet. But, sometimes, even the healthiest pets need protection from the unexpected, which is why one of best things you can do is enroll your pet in Walmart Pet Insurance. It’s pet health insurance for dogs and cats that pays you back up to 90% of vet bills when your pet gets sick or hurt. 

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