Some cats are born with weak immune systems.
As cats age, often their immune systems deteriorate.
Cats suffering from weak immune systems are more susceptible to infectious diseases than cats with strong immune systems.
For example, if an immunodeficient cat stays at a boarding facility, he or she may contract a respiratory disease that could, long-term, prove fatal.
Because of this, it’s very important to pay attention to your cat’s health and strengthen his or her immune system if necessary.
Below are some of our favorite cat immune boosters.
Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator (LTCI)
Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator (LTCI) specifically treats cats suffering FeLV & FIV, but also is an excellent overall immune enhancer.
LTCI is a naturally occurring protein and is a USDA-approved treatment requiring a series of painless injections administered by a veterinarian.
Learn more about the advantages of Lymphocyte T-Cell Immunomodulator here: http://franklintnvet.com/lymphocyte-t-cell-immunomodulator-felv-and-fiv-treatment/
LTCI must be obtained and administered by a licensed veterinarian.
Acemannan is an immunomodulator polysaccharide extracted from the popular healing herb Aloe Vera.
Years ago, the FDA approved injectable Acemannan for treating fibrosarcomas and feline leukemia (FeLV).
Acemannan may also treat Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), and even HIV.
Although injectable Acemannan is no longer available, you can administer the polysaccharide orally.
Our clinic successfully uses the following protocol:
- Loading dose: 1 teaspoonful of oral acemannan daily for 5 days
- Maintenance dose: 1/2 teaspoon daily for 4-5 weeks.
- If you see an improvement in your pet, continue at a rate of 1/2 teaspoon daily indefinitely.
Learn more about Acemannan here: http://franklintnvet.com/aloe-vera-feline-leukemia-treatment/
You can purchase Acemannan online, without a prescription, at Amazon.com.
Sodium Ascorbate Vitamin C
Sodium ascorbate is an over the counter form of Vitamin C.
Using sodium ascorbate to increase internal vitamin C levels boosts the immune system and provides antihistamine and anti-inflammatory effects.
Improved vitamin C levels aid immune system regeneration while destroying bacteria and viruses.
Make sure you use Sodium Ascorbate, NOT Ascorbic Acid.
Because Sodium Ascorbate is a neutral pH it does not cause the same gastrointestinal distress caused by Ascorbic Acid.
Ascorbic Acid is the most common form of vitamin C, but because of its acidic pH, causes gastrointestinal distress.
The recommended sodium ascorbate dosage for cats is 1/2 teaspoon daily, splitting the dosage to 1/4 tsp with the morning feeding and 1/4 tsp with the evening feeding.
You can purchase sodium ascorbate online without a prescription.
Lysine is an over-the-counter amino acid supplement benefitting cats suffering FIV, upper respiratory infections, conjunctivitis, sneezing, and herpes virus.
Lysine is available as a gel, pills, flavored powder, and treats.
“Human” lysine brands come in tablet and capsule form.
We’ve found mixing Lysine powder into canned food the most efficient feeding method.
The recommended Lysine dosage is:
- 500 mg per day, given twice daily for adult cats
- 250 mg per day, given twice daily for kittens
You can purchase lysine online without a prescription.
Frankincense Essential Oil
Frankincense essential oil is an amazing immune booster.
Remember, cats are very sensitive to essential oils.
In order to safely use essential oils on your cat, make sure the oils are pure, unadulterated oils.
Our first choice of essential oil providers is doTERRA.
To use Frankincense on your cat, place 1-2 drops of undiluted Frankincense essential oil in your hand.
Gently rub your hands together, allowing your palms to absorb most of the essential oil.
Then, gently stroke your cat’s body.
If you can smell the essential oil on your cat’s fur, it is working!
Note: Be very careful using essential oils on cats. Some essential oils are toxic to cats when used in large quantities. To use any oil other than Frankincense or Lavender on your cat, we recommend consulting with a veterinarian or follow exact instructions found in the book “SpOil Your Pet: A Practical Guide to Using Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats” by Mia K. Frezzo, DVM.
In addition to the above immune boosters, a healthy diet and proper food choices dramatically boost your cat’s immune system!
If you’d like a health makeover for your cat, contact our clinic today!