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Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Natural Remedies For Lupus In Dogs

Updated 4/15/24

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that affects dogs that can be challenging to diagnose due to its varied symptoms. Lupus in dogs occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cells and tissues, leading to inflammation and tissue damage. This condition can manifest in various ways and can be challenging to diagnose and manage. The two most common forms are discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Types of Lupus in Dogs
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE): is the more widespread and serious form of lupus in dogs. It can affect multiple organs and systems in the body, including the skin, joints, kidneys, blood cells, and other tissues. Your dog may experience,
joint pain and swelling, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, skin rashes, oral ulcers, lameness, enlarged lymph nodes, and kidney problems.

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE): primarily affects the skin, particularly around the face, ears, and nose. Dogs with DLE typically develop skin lesions, ulcers, crusting, and depigmentation in these areas. An early sign is pigment loss in the nose progressing to cracking & ulcerations. DLE can also affect lips, ears and feet. Sun exposure worsens the condition. Unlike SLE, DLE does not involve systemic inflammation or organ damage. It is considered less severe but can still cause discomfort and cosmetic changes in affected dogs.

A Holistic Approach To Managing Lupus In Dogs

Certain breeds, like German Shepherds, Collies, Shetland Sheepdogs, Poodles, Beagles, Siberian Huskies, and German Shorthaired Pointers may be more likely to develop lupus, but genetics is only one part. Environmental factors and immune system issues also contribute to the development of lupus in dogs. A holistic approach to managing lupus in dogs involves considering your pet's overall health and well-being as well as their environment. While holistic methods should not replace conventional veterinary care, they can complement traditional treatments and improve the dog's quality of life. Here are several ways a holistic approach can help dogs with lupus:
  1. Nutrition: Feeding a low carbohydrate, novel protein diet can support their immune system and overall health. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods such as omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish oil) and antioxidants (found in fruits and vegetables) may help reduce inflammation associated with lupus. Avoiding high glycemic foods (e.g. dog biscuits, treats made with sugar or molasses) can also reduce overall inflammation that triggers flare-ups.

  2. Supplements: Certain supplements may benefit dogs with lupus by supporting immune function and reducing inflammation. These may include omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, plant sterols, and probiotics. However, it's essential to consult with a veterinarian before adding supplements to ensure they are safe and appropriate for the dog's condition.

  3. Stress Reduction: Stress can exacerbate symptoms of autoimmune diseases like lupus. Providing a calm and stable environment for the dog, minimizing stressors, and incorporating relaxation techniques such as massage, acupuncture, or aromatherapy can help reduce stress and promote overall well-being. CBD oil can also be helpful for stressed pets.

A Holistic Approach To Managing Lupus In Dogs

Immune Harmony - The plant sterols in Immune Harmony aid in sustaining immune balance by providing support to weakened immune systems (such as those battling chronic viruses, infections, or cancer) and by moderating hyperactive immune responses, common in autoimmune disorders like lupus. It is a core natural remedy for treating dogs with lupus.

Here's how plant sterols may potentially help dogs with lupus:
  1. Immune Modulation: Plant sterols have been shown to modulate the immune response by influencing the production and activity of certain immune cells and cytokines. In dogs with lupus, whose immune systems are overactive and may be attacking healthy tissues, plant sterols could help restore balance and reduce autoimmune reactions.

  2. Anti-inflammatory Effects: Inflammation is a key feature of lupus, contributing to tissue damage and symptoms such as joint pain and skin lesions. Plant sterols have demonstrated anti-inflammatory properties which could help alleviate inflammation associated with lupus and reduce the severity of symptoms.

  3. Cardiovascular Support: Lupus can increase the risk of cardiovascular complications in dogs, including heart disease and hypertension. Plant sterols have been shown to lower cholesterol levels and support cardiovascular health in humans, which may be beneficial for dogs with lupus, especially if they have concurrent cardiovascular issues.

  4. Antioxidant Activity: Some plant sterols possess antioxidant properties, helping to neutralize harmful free radicals and reduce oxidative stress. This could be particularly beneficial for dogs with lupus, as oxidative stress is believed to contribute to tissue damage and inflammation in autoimmune diseases.

  5. Gut Health: Plant sterols may also support gut health by promoting the growth of beneficial gut bacteria and maintaining the integrity of the intestinal barrier. A healthy gut microbiome is essential for proper immune function and may help modulate the immune response in dogs with lupus. Probiotics can also help with gut health.

Author: Susan Davis, Pet Nutritionist
Original post: 11/16/19
Updated: 4/15/24