Welcoming a small dog or cat into your home is a source of good times and happiness, but also a great responsibility, and it is that their well-being is in your hands. To give you a hand in their care, we tell you the basic keys to strengthen the immune system of your puppy or kitten.
WHAT IS IT AND HOW DOES YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM WORKS ?
The immune system of your dog or cat is the defense system that the pet's body uses to act against agents that can be harmful or harmful to it.
From the moment of its birth, your puppy or kitten already has a defense mechanism and, during the first 24 hours, the mother will transfer more defenses or antibodies to the baby through the colostrum in her milk, whose protective effect will last between one and two months.
As he grows up, receives vaccines, overcomes diseases and infections, etc., your little companion will acquire more defenses and his immune system will become stronger.
HOW TO BUILD YOUR PUPPY'S OR KITTEN'S IMMUNE SYSTEM
Many factors, such as infectious agents (viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc.), can cause health problems for your new partner. To help your pet fight and even prevent many of the diseases that derive from them and, in general, so that pets are strong and can cope with the different situations that they will encounter, the best thing you can do is strengthen your puppy's immune system or kitten.
To do this, there are three essential measures :
- Follow the recommended vaccination plans.
- Offer adequate and quality food.
- Avoid all stress as much as possible.
Vaccination is key to boosting the immune system of puppies and kittens. It is important not to vaccinate it ahead of time, since if these defenses are still high, they can cause the action of the vaccine to decrease. That is why it is essential to follow the vaccination protocol indicated by the veterinarian and not go beyond the recommended periods.
Another essential factor to strengthen the immune system of your puppy or cat is to offer him a good diet since in addition to providing him with the nutrients he needs, it will activate his defenses and help him prevent and treat possible diseases.
Once the lactation period is over, your little companion should receive an age-appropriate diet, specially formulated and with quality ingredients. A good choice is an Advance puppy (or junior dog) food and kitten (or junior cat) food, which contains nucleotides, a component that will help them grow healthy and strong.
Considering that his immune system is still immature and developing at this stage of his life, any help you can offer is welcome.
You should know that stress can be dangerous for your new friend since, if he suffers it for a long time, his immune system can stop working properly, with the consequences that this can entail.
To prevent your puppy or kitten from suffering from it, provide an enriched and controlled environment. Also, include physical activity in your routines and activities that stimulate your mind. In other words: play with him, don't forget his walks if he's a dog, create little challenges that he has to solve, offer him interactive toys.