Many times when your pets are sick or ill, the first thought is to take them to the Vet to see what’s wrong.
As you get there, they may start to run some tests to determine what’s wrong with your pet.
A common phrase that you might hear is, “Their white blood cell count is high. They need antibiotics.”
But is that the exact measure we should be taking?
White Blood Cells?
White blood cells are part of the immune system, and when they are elevated on a blood test, this means that they are trying to fight off some type of invader. It could be bacteria, a virus, yeast, or maybe even a chronic parasitic infestation.
When the immune system is doing what it needs to do, it tries to fight the invaders and stop them from taking over the body and wreaking havoc.
So why would your pet need antibiotics?
Antibiotics do one thing and one thing only. They kill off all bacteria, but this includes both good and bad bacteria.
So although it helps with the bad bacteria, killing off the good bacteria doesn’t sound like the best solution right?
There are actually good bacteria that help us by producing vitamins and even beneficial hormones.
When your pet has a fever, this is actually a healthy response for the most part in terms of invaders. The high body temperature helps to make the reproduction of pathogens more difficult.
This is extremely useful in order for your pet to heal.
The most important part is not to turn down the temperature in your pet. If their
temperature goes down, then they will have a harder time fighting off those pathogens.
So What Should You Do?
The best thing to do in these situations is to help the immune response.
If you help to raise their immune response, you will have a better chance at fighting off the problems that took you to the Vet in the first place.
Some ways to do this would be to increase Vitamin C or even introduce Transfer Factor. These will help to increase the immune response so that your pet isn’t being taken to the vet or prescribed antibiotics/medications.
If their immune system is working properly, you shouldn’t have to make too many Vet visits