All newborn mammals receive Colostrum in their mother's milk- so it's more than likely that both you and your dog have received colostrum as babies. For all mammalian newborns, Colostrum provides vital nutrition and, most importantly, helps boost the immune system by providing high levels of antibodies to help fight infections and bacteria.
However, newborns aren't the only ones who experience benefits from colostrum, research has shown that the high levels of antibodies and other key components in colostrum can also benefit adult humans and dogs. Packed with nutrients and antibodies, Colostrum is truly Mother Nature's first superfood. This article will aim to explain how colostrum will benefit your dog.
Colostrum is jam-packed with proteins and antibodies that will help your dog in many ways, here is a list of some key components that help give Colostrum a lot of its therapeutic properties. Extracted from cows, bovine colostrum has all the health benefits while being affordable and easy to obtain.
1. Bowel Health:
Colostrum has been shown to significantly benefit the bowel health of your dog by increasing protection in the digestive tract. 70% of all your dog's immune cells are located in your dog's digestive tract and, as previously mentioned, IgA lines your dog's digestive tract and is the most common antibody in your dog. Studies have shown that IgA in Colostrum can work to provide further protection to your dog's bowel system and prevent any bowel disease and inflammation. In addition to this, studies have shown that lactoferrin, another key component in Colostrum, helps reduce intestinal bacteria in dogs. Furthermore, if your dog has been experiencing "Leaky Gut Syndrome", growth factors and MSM can help reduce inflammation and stimulate repair in gut tissues.
Allergies are caused by your dog's immune system overreacting to an allergen by producing an immune response to attack it. Abundant with PRPs, Colostrum can help your dog's immune system mitigate its reaction to allergens that enter its body. Since allergies in your dog often lead to "leaky gut syndrome", colostrum can help prevent future allergies while treating symptoms of allergies like "leaky gut syndrome".
3. Topical Use
Studies have shown that Colostrum also helps dogs repair skin and wounds and also helps to treat and prevent skin infections in dogs. Colostrum can help treat wounds, skin infections, insect bites, rashes, ear infections, cysts, etc when applied topically. To apply colostrum topically, all you have to do is make a paste by combining colostrum powder with distilled water and applying the paste to the affected area.
In addition to all the uses listed above, colostrum can also be used to help treat joint issues in your dog, treat gum disease, fight cancer cells, increase your dog's coat and hair quality, and boost the overall immune system of your dog.
Although side effects of colostrum are very rare, some side effects of colostrum can include diarrhea or vomiting. If these symptoms occur, it is important to immediately stop feeding your dog colostrum and consult your vet on how to continue.
Your vet may suggest that you restart feeding your dog colostrum in smaller amounts. Furthermore, since colostrum is extracted from cows, it is important to make sure that your dog is not allergic to beef or dairy. If your dog is allergic to beef or dairy, it is important to consult a vet before you start giving your dog a colostrum supplement.
Colostrum is truly mother nature's superfood and will provide your dog with a seemingly endless list of health benefits. Whether your dog is experiencing allergies, bowel issues, immune diseases, skin infections, etc, colostrum is an easily accessible, healthy, and affordable way to increase your dog's quality of life.