Standard Process Canine Immune System Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine Immune System Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Standard Process Canine Immune Support: A Holistic Veterinarian’s Therapeutic Review

Canine Immune System Support is one of the most common supplements I use. Your pet’s immune system is constantly fighting the battle to keep your fur-kid healthy. The immune system has to surveil every cell in your pet’s body. It continuously looks for foreign invaders to keep away sickness. The immune system has a lot of responsibilities. Another responsibility is to check all of the cells and make sure that they were constructed appropriately and that there are no errors (errors in DNA translation and cell division). These errors can turn into cancer and it is your pet’s immune system’s job to destroy these possible pre-cancer cells.

In addition to searching for bacteria, viruses, fungi and pre-cancers, the immune system plays a large role in the detoxification process. This “detox program” is constantly rolling. The immune system looks for toxic chemicals and other dangerous substances, before it damages your pet’s body. In our modern world, our detoxification pathways are working harder than ever.

Your pet’s body is under constant attack from toxic chemicals in our water like chlorine and fluoride. It also battles all of the toxins present in the food supply chain. These food-born substances could be threats like bacteria, foreign proteins, heavy metals (i.e.: lead, mercury, aluminum), and a wide variety of chemicals and processing byproducts. On top of that, we add the extra burden of pesticides, artificial fertilizers, and herbicides like glyphosates (i.e.: Round Up).

If that wasn’t enough, conventional medical “health” programs dump a slew of vaccines, parasitical drugs, anti-inflammatories, immunosuppressants, antibiotics, blood transfusions, and synthetic “vitamins” into our pets.

I can’t blame the immune system for getting depleted, bogged down, and beat up. All of this work can push the whole body out of balance. When the immune system is out of balance, mistakes can lead to allergies, side effects, cancer, and autoimmune disease. When we think about the big picture and how our world is changing, it’s no wonder that our pets’ immune systems need a little support.

Large Population Groups that Need Immune System Support: 
  • Pets that have received multiple antibiotics
  • Drink city water
  • Exposed to contagious disease
  • Autoimmune diseases (see below)
  • Have/had cancer
  • Long term administration of medications
  • Abused
  • Stressed
  • Older animals
  • On immune suppressants
  • Receive multiple vaccines
  • Battle dental disease
  • Eat a commercially prepared diet
  • Surgeries
  • Parvo puppies
  • Transported long distances
  • Come from puppy mills
  • Receive flea/tick meds
  • Receive heartworm prevention
  • Pets with allergies
  • Chronic infections
Examples of autoimmune disease:
  • Atopy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lupus
  • Pannus
  • Pemphigus
  • Diabetes
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic infections
Common Signs that Your Pet May Benefit from Canine Immune System Support:
  • Frequent itchiness
  • Excessive shedding
  • Recurrent UTI’s
  • Bad breath
  • Skin infections
  • Chronic ear infections
  • Weight loss or thin tendency
  • Frequent vomiting
  • Unhealthy stools
  • Intermittent appetite
  • Eating grass or dirt
  • Poop eating
  • Bad gas

Standard Process Canine Immune System Support works with your pet’s current immune system. The support supplement contains important nutrients from animal tissues, organ meats, glandular products, superfoods, amino acids, plant materials, and proven herbs. Standard Process Canine Immune System Support neither stimulates nor suppresses your pet’s current immune system. Rather, it modulates the complex system, keeping it balanced. This supplement uses whole food-based nutrition to optimize and heal the various components.

I have been using Standard Process Canine Immune Support for many years and the results have been amazing! I see positive results in cases that range from sick rescue puppies all the way to old dogs with cancer. I can’t think of any case that did not see positive results. In the right situation, you may see results within a few days! You will see a healthier pet. They will be brighter, more active, more comfortable, stronger, and HAPPIER.

Within my own home, I have used Standard Process Canine Immune System Support in the following ways:

Sick Kitten Signalment: A 5-week-old kitten that was dumped at a shelter, weaned early, fed poorly, housed densely, with a raging upper respiratory infection that displayed as congestion, poor appetite, and eye discharge that caused swelling to the eyelids and face, and seals both eyes shut. Multiple intestinal parasites are present, and the kitten had a topical ringworm infection.


Response: Reduced swelling, improved breathing, and more energy within 36 hours.

Stray Puppy with Parvo Signalment: 12 week old Pitbull puppy, living as a stray under a family’s porch, significantly underweight, near end of winter season, extremely fearful, dehydrated, bloody diarrhea, unable to hold down water, parvo positive.


Response: Energy to walk, desire to engage, improved thermoregulation, and returning interest in food within 48 hours.

Puppies with Severe Mange Mites Signalment: 6 week old litter of Pitbull puppies, little to no hair, skin bright pink, swollen and painful to the touch, overwhelming infection of demodex mites, secondary bacterial infection, huge scabs, skin bleeds when touched, overgrowth of yeast, odor of “corn chips”, and fever.


Response: Dramatic decrease of skin swelling, reduced redness, lower fever, and energy to play with siblings.

Young cat with stomatitis Signalment: Extremely red and puffy gingival tissue, thickened gums that bleed easily, inflamed around entire 360 degrees of all teeth, thick saliva, “rotten” bad breath, smell carried on breath and transferred to coat (due to grooming).


Response: Improvement of gingivitis over the next 2 weeks and disappearance of foul odor.

*It is important to note that in each of these examples, Standard Process Canine Immune Support was not the only treatment performed. It was just an integral part of Dr. Candy’s treatment plan.
Canine Immune System Support Suggested Uses:
  • Pre and post-surgery
  • Traveling/Show pets
  • Rescue/Shelter pets
  • Allergies
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Cancer
  • Pets on immunosuppressants (ex: Steroids, Apoquel, and Cytopoint)
  • Chronic infections
  • Feline leukemia/FIV

Ingredients: Bovine liver, nutritional yeast, rice (bran), bovine spleen PMG™ extract, bovine thymus PMG™ extract, organic carrot (root), bovine kidney, bovine thymus Cytosol™ extract, bovine pancreas Cytosol™ extract, bovine spleen, ovine spleen, organic dried pea (vine) juice, eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), organic dried buckwheat (aerial parts) juice, organic buckwheat (seed), porcine duodenum, black currant juice, porcine jejunum, bovine adrenal Cytosol™ extract, veal bone PMG™ extract, defatted wheat (germ), oat flour, calcium lactate, purified bovine bile salts, organic Spanish black radish (root), ribonucleic acid, bovine adrenal PMG™ extract, organic reishi mushroom powder, organic shiitake mushroom powder, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides), zinc rice chelate, kelp, and black currant (seed) oil.

Individual Ingredient Benefits of Standard Process Immune System Support

Bovine Liver Boosts the health of liver cells, improves detoxification pathways, contains great levels of iron, magnesium and phosphorus, provides vitamin A complex, antioxidants and vitamin B complex.
Nutritional Yeast Provides whole vitamin B complex, a source of chromium, zinc for immune system boost, enzymes for energy, magnesium for stress hormone balance, and manganese for healthy connective tissue (especially tendons and ligaments).
Bovine and Ovine Spleen Provides cellular materials to create red blood cells and important immune system white blood cells. Supports circulation and boosts the immune system.
Rice Bran Provides whole vitamin B complex important for energy production. Provides healthy fats to stabilize blood pressure, and vitamin E and other antioxidants.
Flaxseed Oil Provides Omega 3 fatty acids to reduce inflammation naturally, balances poor nutrition, protects nerve cells, reduces anxiety, normalizes digestion speed, and is a potential natural cancer treatment and prevention.
Bovine Spleen PMG™ Extract Supports spleen tissue, which filters blood and produces immune system white blood cell components. It can reduce autoimmune attacks.
Bovine Thymus PMG™ Extract Supports your pet’s thymus (a critical immune system organ located near the throat) and provides healing and support (especially after chronic immune system stressors).
Carrot Provides vitamin A complex in a natural form, contains multiple antioxidants which heal multiple body tissues, including the brain.
Bovine Kidney It helps repair kidney cells to maintain renal function. Improves detoxification pathways.
Bovine Thymus Cytosol™ Extract Provides cellular pieces (such as proteins and enzymes) to boost function of the thymus gland.
Buckwheat Leaf Juice & Seed A source of an extremely wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals (including manganese, magnesium phosphorous, copper, zinc, iron, selenium, and vitamin B complex), and multiple antioxidants (such as rutin, which strengthens arteries, veins, and capillaries).
Bovine Pancreas Cytosol™ Extract It repairs the pancreas. It prevents inflammation and supports optimal digestion, which helps compromised pets digest and absorb the nutrients from their food.
Pea Vine Juice Natural anti-inflammatory, especially in your pet’s heart and blood vessels, and a dense source of whole vitamin E complex.
Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) Reduces dangerous oxygen free radicals, decreases inflammation, improves cellular machinery function, boosts immune system, an anti-viral, and balances stress hormones.
Porcine Jejunum Improves digestion, protects mucous membranes, decreases pancreas inflammation and heals gastrointestinal tract.
Black Currant Juice A huge supply of antioxidants, including some forms that can cross the blood-brain barrier. A dense source of vitamin C complex. It enhances the immune system and is anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Research has shown it slows the growth of cancer.
Bovine Adrenal Cytosol™ Extract Provides whole vitamin C complexes, improves efficiency of cellular energy production, and balances stress hormones.
Veal Bone PMG™ Extract Supports bone marrow health and improves production of red and white blood cells. Supports healthy collagen production, as well as repair of other connective tissues. It helps power the infection fighting white blood cells called neutrophils.
Oat Flour Source of vitamin A complex (an important fat-soluble vitamin) and protects blood vessels. Contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, lowers cholesterol, and balances blood sugar.
Calcium Lactate A bioavailable source of calcium. It improves the performance of many white blood cells, prevents secondary infections, balances electrolytes and strengthens heart beats.
Purified Bovine Bile Salts Stimulates the livers secretion of bile, which optimizes digestion. Improves nutrient availability and nutrient absorption. Balances pH in your pet’s intestines.
Defatted Wheat Germ Packed with nutrition. The fat portion is removed, which can compromise product freshness and shelf life. It acts as a powerful antioxidant, it’s dense in vitamin E, and balances blood sugar. It contains essential minerals (such as selenium, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium), protects heart health and stabilizes blood pressure. It provides vitamin B complex and could aid in the prevention and treatment of cancer – especially colon cancer.
Mushroom Powder Packed with antioxidants and provides whole vitamin C complexes. It contains tyrosinase, which speeds wound healing. It protects your pet’s eyes and potentially prevents skin cancer.
Spanish Black Radish Supports detoxification pathways, especially in the liver. It lowers blood pressure, purifies the gallbladder and provides Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s).
Ribonucleic Acid Supports healthy tissue regeneration, provides general circulation support, and directly improves microcirculation.
Bovine Adrenal PMG™ Extract Contributes much needed whole vitamin C complexes. It improves efficiency of cellular energy production and balances stress hormones.
Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides) This contains tons of naturally occurring minerals and most of the entire B vitamin complex. The chlorophyll speeds up tissue healing and body detox. It has over 6 types of antioxidants, lowers blood sugar levels, and potentially decreases secondary effects of diabetes.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) This has been used for over 2,500 years to help boost the immune system. It balances the metabolism. It has anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a natural stress reliever, balances stress hormones, and lowers cortisol.
Zinc Liver Chelate This naturally boosts the immune system and improves skin health and repair. It promotes normal digestion and acts like an antioxidant. It is also anti-viral and balances hormones.
Kelp A good source of iodine necessary for thyroid hormone production. It reduces risk for cancer, balances blood sugar, and reduces systemic inflammation.
Black Currant Seed Oil This contains water soluble and fat-soluble vitamins and tons of beneficial antioxidants. It contains vitamin C complex and boosts the immune system. It helps as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral substance and also contributes Omega-6 fatty acids.
Canine Immune Support Complementary Supplements:
Important Mineral Measurements:
  • Calcium 2.5 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sodium 25 mg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Magnesium 700 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
  • Zinc 480 mcg / 1/2 teaspoon
Supplement Dosing Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs

1 teaspoon twice per day

Important Supplement Information:
  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.

When beginning supplementation, I recommend the following taper-up process. This is only because these ingredients are so nutrient-dense. We can decrease your pet’s adjustment period, which may result in a soft stool. This adjustment phase is generally 1-2 days long and normal consistency of stool will return to normal without treatment.

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                ½ teaspoon
  • WEEK 4                1 teaspoon

Once you get to your pet’s maintenance dose, based on the dosage chart, continue at this dose.

For example: If your pet weighs 35 lbs –

  • WEEK 1                1/8 teaspoon
  • WEEK 2                ¼ teaspoon
  • WEEK 3                Stay at ¼ teaspoon as maintenance therapeutic dose
Supplement Size Variations
Size Product ID# Price
30g A1600 $18.15
110g A1650 $56.10
90 tabs A5305 $35.20
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Commonly Asked Questions about Standard Process Supplements


What happens if my pet experiences a soft stool or diarrhea during the introduction adjustment process?

These events only appear in less than ten percent of new pets and the transient effect of the adjustment period usually resolves itself within 24 – 48 hours. If your pet has runny poop, keep them well hydrated. If desired, a small amount of canned pumpkin can be added to food.


Are there potential side effects to these products?

Since these nutritional supplements are made from food, there is little to no risk of side effects. The only side effect I’ve ever seen is diarrhea if the pet gets a gigantic dose. For example, if a pet eats a whole bottle. If I had a dollar for every time one of my pets ate a whole bottle, I’d have a pretty full piggy bank. Since pets love these products so much, we recommend keeping them in a cabinet or some place that your pet cannot get to.


How often do I need to give these nutritional supplements?

Dr. Candy recommends twice a day. They can be given with or without food. Providing a steady supply of healing resources allows your pet’s body to heal and repair all day and all night.


Why do I have to start with a small amount and taper up?

This is just a recommendation to try to reduce the occurrence of soft stool while the body gets used to processing these rich food supplements. It’s kind of like if you and I went out to eat and ate a whole plate of liver and onions. It wouldn’t hurt us, but we may be running to the bathroom later.


What is the difference between the canine and feline versions of the supplement?

There is not a huge difference between the canine and feline supplement formulations. The main difference is in the supplement form. Canine formulations come as powders. Feline formulations come as tablets. The tablet design can make it easier to give to a cat as a treat or meal additive. But I found that I was almost always grinding the tablet into a powder and mixing it in food anyway. So, most of the time, I use the canine preparation. Both are safe for both pet types.


Supplement Dosage Chart:

1-10 lbs 1/8 teaspoon once per day
11-20 lbs 1/8 teaspoon twice per day
21-40 lbs ¼ teaspoon twice per day
41-60 lbs ½ teaspoon twice per day
61-80 lbs ¾ teaspoon twice per day
> 80 lbs 1 teaspoon twice per day


Important Supplement Information:

  • These supplements should all be given twice a day.
  • Most clients sprinkle it on their pet’s food.
  • Because these supplements are made from whole foods, and not chemicals, doses are highly palatable.  In fact, it often seems like animals instinctively know what their body needs and gobble it up quickly.


Can my pet take this therapeutic supplement with other medications and treatments?

Yes! In general, yes. These whole food supplements can be complimentary to other medications. There are no interactions or toxic effects when using natural food to heal your pet’s body. If your pet is involved in a clinical research trial, ask your supervising veterinarian if it is ok.


How long should my pet take these supplements?

On average, Dr. Candy keeps your pet on these supplements for a minimum of 3-6 months. Then, together with the family and pet status, we re-evaluate. Some pets with simple short-term illnesses may only require these supplements for the 3-6-month time period. In these cases, after balancing and healing, your pet’s diet and home care program can be modified to maintain whole health.

In other cases, perhaps with more chronic disease or severity, pets may need to be on these therapeutic supplements for a year or more, or possibly for life. If a pet does require therapeutic supplementation long-term, we know that support with natural food is far better than artificial chemicals or medications.


How quickly should I see a change in my pet’s health?

This depends on the initial health status of your pet and the condition being supplemented. In the case of acute illness, you may see changes within 24-48 hours. Most commonly, these changes or improvements are very subtle. In cases of complex or chronic conditions, most families see a significant improvement in 4 weeks.


Uhoh, my pet ate the whole bottle. What should I do? Is this toxic?

This happens a lot, it will be okay. Since the products are so natural and highly palatable, this situation arises frequently. We remind families to keep the products out of reach and in a cool, dry, dark place. If your pet consumes a large portion or a whole bottle, monitor them closely. Just as with other products from nature, most of the time the worst that will happen is soft stool or diarrhea. Make sure that your pet is well hydrated and does not develop any bloody vomiting or diarrhea. If this occurs, take your pet to your veterinarian for evaluation.

If you are dealing with soft stool or other gastrointestinal issues, it can be helpful to let your pet rest. Additionally, you may skip one meal and consider a fluid-only meal such as a small amount of water or broth.


How should these supplements be stored? Do I need to refrigerate them?

The Standard Process Veterinary Supplements do not need to be refrigerated. Keep the products out of reach from pets and children. Store them in a cool, dry, dark place like a cabinet.


Why are there so many organs and glandular tissues in these products? Yuck! Aren’t these gross leftovers or by-products?

On the contrary, organ tissues are some of the most nutrient dense parts of an animal. If you watch one of those nature shows on TV, you will see that after a predator kills its prey, the very first thing that they eat are the organs and glands. The predator gobbles them up because they are packed with rich proteins, full complex vitamins, and natural sources of minerals. The predator wants to eat these first before scavengers or competition comes around.

For example, look at the liver. Liver is higher in vitamin A, vitamin B complexes, iron, phosphorus, and magnesium than most other “super foods” out there. To get the same amount of vitamin B12 as a 1-inch cube of liver, you or your pet would have to eat one of the following:

  • A whole large salmon or filet
  • 6 eggs
  • 6 flat iron steaks
  • 5 cups of low-fat milk

So, while in the US we view organ meats as “gross”, other cultures and animals understand that organs and glands are powerful sources jam packed with nutrition.


 My pet has tested to be *allergic* to beef or other protein sources in the supplement. Should I be concerned?

Most of the time, when pets are tested for food allergies, they are tested for cooked muscle meat, as this is what is found in canned and kibbled pet foods. Because of the various protein shapes and the effects of cooking, usually raw muscle meat and organ tissues do not cause the same allergic reactions.

In my experience, if your pet is in a current severe stage of inflammation, allergy or disease, I usually wait 30 days for the immune system/body to calm down and then slowly add in the supplement. In my own pets, I do not see an allergic reaction or negative response if my pet’s immune system is stable. However, if they are in the middle of a big flare up, I decrease or discontinue the supplement for a short period of time until they feel better.


Are there any alternative ways to administer this supplement if my pet won’t eat it mixed in their food?

Occasionally this does happen, especially if the pet is used to a carbohydrate heavy or artificially flavored diet. I explain it as, if I was used to eating cookies and happy meals every day, I would probably resist if you put a salad in front of me too.

I recommend starting with really small amounts sprinkled and mixed with food. Then, gradually work up to the starting amount over the period of 1-2 weeks. By then, they should be used to the taste and smell of this healthy supplement.

If this doesn’t work, you could try the following creative approaches or think about a unique solution for your pets:

  • Mixing powder with water or broth and syringing it to your pet
  • Mixing with a simple high-quality canned food
  • Using bone broths and stews for pets
  • Using the feline (tablet) form and hiding it in yummy foods like peanut butter or homecooked chicken breast
  • Putting powder or tablet inside a pill pocket
  • Throwing the treat into the air to be caught and swallowed
  • Using a “chaser” treat
    • Example: here’s your meatball with the therapeutic supplement in it – immediately followed with an irresistible treat
  • Using the “rule of competition”
    • Example: have another pet nearby so that your pet has to eat it before the other pet gets it


A Note From the Manufacturer: 

“The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Collectively, immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with other immune cells to provide a defense against invasion of microorganisms. However, it should also be recognized that the defensive role of the skin and mucous membrane is to provide the first layer of protection. Adequate function of the membrane barrier can prevent invasion of microorganisms. Immune support is designed to utilize the immune cell and membrane barrier supportive effects of a variety of whole food nutrients, tissue factors, and botanical ingredients. Patients who have acute immune demands or immune systems that are under chronic stress will benefit from this product.

The immune system is one of the most important systems in your pet’s body. When working normally, it helps them live a happy and healthy life. They can hunt, play, or run laps throughout the house. But what if their immune system is compromised? Immune Support provides vitamins, minerals, organ and tissue extracts, and botanicals not normally found in your pet’s diet. These nutrients in Immune Support, known as functional foods, have been shown to contain a wide range of trace nutrients that benefit specific organs and tissues.”

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Holistically treated pets live healthier happier lives.

The term “holistic” is a broad term that is often associated with multiple models of medicine or healing.  In general, Dr. Candy Akers follows the basic belief that medicine should address the underlying cause of disease and not just treat the symptoms.  This occurs by supporting your pet’s natural ability to heal and restoring the body balance.  Conventional medicine often follows a different path of just treating signs or symptoms of the particular disease appearance. Disease manifests in our pets as a result of an internal unbalance.  These imbalances of normal health result from various insults or toxins encountered during modern life.   Support for your pets’ body can be in various modalities such as supplements, herbs, nutrition, homeopathy, detoxification, chiropractic adjustments and acupuncture. Dr. Akers takes an integrated approach to veterinary medicine, combining both holistic medicine and traditionally trained modern Western medicine.  She uses conventional medical treatments to reduce or eliminate symptoms and pain during the healing process while supporting the body with more natural and less invasive alternative treatments.  This combination improves your pet’s quality of life, longevity and whole health.


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