What is Dog Autoimmune Disease?
Autoimmune disease in dogs used to be rare, but has recently become a more common problem.
In autoimmune disease, the dog’s immune system goes haywire.
A healthy dog’s immune system defends its body against viruses and bacteria.
To defend the body, the immune system produces antibodies.
In autoimmune disease, the dog’s immune system doesn’t function properly.
The immune system doesn’t recognize the cells of its own body.
It considers it’s own body’s cells a threat tries and creates antibodies to protect itself.
Unfortunately, the antibodies attack the dog’s own body and cause all kinds of different problems.
Autoimmune disease affects the skin and/or attacks internal organs.
Autoimmune disease cannot be treated. But, it can be controlled.
Symptoms of Dog Autoimmune Disease
Dog autoimmune disease symptoms quite similar to symptoms of other skin and organ issues.
Dogs with autoimmune disease often suffer:
- Hair loss
- Joint swelling
- Elevated fever
- Skin discolorations
- Skin lesions
- Weight loss
Diagnosing Canine Autoimmune Disease
Of course, only your veterinarian can accurately diagnose canine autoimmune disease.
Because autoimmune symptoms are so similar to other conditions, your vet will need to perform tests to get an accurate diagnosis.
Testing might include:
- Blood tests
- Physical examination
- Skin biopsy (if your dog experiences skin symptoms)
- ANA (antinuclear antibody test) to test for lupus
Your veterinarian may or may not recommend extensive testing, depending on the findings during the physical examination.
Western Treatment for Canine Autoimmune Disease
Western veterinary medicine doesn’t have a complete treatment for canine autoimmune disease.
But, Western medicine can manage the symptoms.
Most veterinarians prescribe corticosteroids or cyclophosphamides.
Both pharmaceuticals suppress immune system activity.
If your dog also suffers from skin issues, your vet may prescribe topical treatments and anti-inflammatory pharmaceuticals.
You should also avoid strenuous exercise take measures to reduce your dog’s overall stress and avoid strenuous exercise.
TCVM Treatment for Canine Autoimmune Disease
TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) looks at disease differently than Western veterinary medicine does.
In TCVM, a disease is caused by some type of energetic imbalance in the body.
One of our favorites for dog autoimmune disease is a TCVM herbal blend called Rehmannia 6.
TCVM treats the underlying imbalances causing the symptoms of dog autoimmune disease.
TCVM veterinarians examine pets differently than regular veterinarians.
They look for underlying patterns and imbalances.
Immune-diseased dogs who need Rehmannia 6 display:
- Cool seeking behavior
- Dry, flaky skin
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive panting
- Red and dry tongue
- Thready, fast pulse
- Yin deficiency
- Nourishes Yin
- Tonifies Kidney
By finding and balancing your dog’s energetic problem areas, Rehmannia 6 works on the root causes bring about harmony and health.
Rehmannia 6 is a blend of six TCVM herbs that work together to nourish Yin and tonify Kidney.
Rehmannia 6 contains:
- Fu Ling to drain Damp and strengthen Spleen
- Mu Dan Pi to cool Liver
- Shan Yao to tonify Qi and nourish Kidney Jing
- Shan Zhu Yu to nourish Yin
- Shu Di Huang to nourish Yin, Blood, and Jing
- Ze Xie to drain Damp and clear Kidney false Fire
Typically, TCVM herbal blends take 6-8 weeks for maximum benefits.
Dr. Huisheng Xie, the founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Rehmannia 6 specifically for animals.
Dr. Xie based Jing Tang’s Rehmannia 6 on the ancient Chinese formula Liu Wei Di Huang Wan found in the text Xiao Er Yao Zheng Zhi Ju (Craft of Medicinal Treatment for Childhood Disease Patterns) written in 1119 by Quan Li.
Rehmannia 6 and other TCVM herbs work best when combined with Eastern Food Therapy, plenty of water, and case-appropriate exercise.
Note: Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant the o substitute advice provided by your own veterinarian.