Immunovet’s efficacy in preventing infections by strengthening animals’ immune system has been proven in several studies.
In every period of their life, companion animals can get infected with various pathogenic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, ecto- and endoparasites (e.g. fleas, lice, worms). In milder cases, animals’ immune system can successfully fight these pathogens, however, more severe infections need drug therapy. Antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antiparasiticides and anti-inflammatory agents, that are commonly used for the treatment, can have several side effects that should also be considered before therapy start. Inappropriately chosen or dosed drugs might cause severe organ damages in the animal and can lengthen the necessary treatment duration. Therefore, modern veterinary (and human) medicine undoubtedly prefers preventing diseases instead of treating them.
In the prevention of infectious diseases, appropriate hygiene and healthy, properly functioning immune system are essential. Immunovet can help in preventing infections by enhancing immune function of animals. These effects have been proven in multiple investigations.
Within the framework of a study in 2004, broiler chickens were infected with Mycoplasma gallisepticum bacterium, while a group of them received antibiotic treatment, another was fed with Immunovet and the rest of them were left untreated. Weight gain of the animals, spread of the bacteria and severity of the evolved disease were monitored. Birds fed with Immunovet had comparable results from all studied aspects to the antibiotic treated group: their weight gain was better than the untreated group’s, less organ damages were observed in them and the bacterium could be detected from less animals’ blood and organ samples. Concluding the observations, it was stated that Immunovet could moderate spread and severity of the infection similarly to the antibiotic (1).
In 2018, a similar study was conducted with Salmonella Typhimurium artificial infection in broiler chickens. Salmonella Typhimurium is a pathogen that occurs worldwide, being able to cause diarrhea in both humans and animals. The bacterium is transmitted with feces, it can easily spread in poultry flocks from one animal to another. Furthermore, it can contaminate eggs in case of improper hygiene at poultry farms and meat during slaughter, which can result in food poisoning of human consumers. During the investigation, a few chickens from different groups were infected with the bacterium and all animals were examined 5, 12 and 19 days later, to reveal how many of them got infected with Salmonella. Meanwhile, some of the groups were fed with Immunovet containing feed. As a result, in those groups where the birds received Immunovet supplementation, significantly less chicken showed signs of infection, which means that Immunovet could effectively decrease the spread of infection among animals (2).
These study results confirm that Immunovet can effectively be used to strengthen natural immune system of animals, consequently making them more resistant to infectious diseases.
- Stipkovits L, Lapis K et al, 2004: Testing the efficacy of fermented wheat germ extract against Mycoplasma gallisepticum infection of chickens. Poultry Science. 83. 1844-1848.
- Jerzsele Á, Somogyi Z et al, 2019: Effects of fermented wheat germ extract on artificial Salmonella Typhimurium infection in broiler chickens. (Original, Hungarian title: A fermentált búzacsíra-kivonat hatása brojlercsirkék mesterséges Salmonella Typhimurium fertőzésére.) Hungarian Veterinary Journal. (Magyar Állatorvosok Lapja). 142. 77-85.