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Dr. Debra – How do I build up my lab's immune system?
Hi – thanks for your email Terry. Your question was – how do you build up your dog immune system. I'm not sure by your email if he is ill or not. If your dog is sick, the best way to help his immune system is to make sure that you are adequately treating and monitoring his underlying health problem. In addition, a good quality (AAFCO) approved food is essential. A vitamin is not necessary but may be beneficial. Exercise and a happy lifestyle is also helpful. Minimizing stress such as temperature extremes, exercise extremes and exposure to other dogs that may be ill is also recommended.
An article that might be helpful to you is Structure and Function of the Immune System in Dogs.
Best of luck!
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