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Nutrition from a complete and balanced diet is important in maintaining normal immune function. Dietary protein is a key nutrient in helping the defense system run efficiently. Dogs with inadequate protein reserves may appear healthy but are more susceptible to stress and have difficulty recovering from physical trauma and injury.

Nutrition from a complete and balanced diet is important in maintaining normal immune function. The defense system that is so crucial in maintaining health and vitality can break down if the nutrients it needs to run efficiently are lacking.

The effect of inadequate dietary protein on a dog’s immune system can be subtle. Dogs maintained with inadequate protein reserves may appear healthy but are more susceptible to stress and have more difficulty recovering from physical trauma and injury. Protein-deficient dogs also can have rough, dull coats.

Chronic intake of inadequate protein can cause diminished growth and weight gain in a young dog. As dogs age, the ability of their immune system to respond to injury and illness may decline. Nutrition from a complete and balanced diet is important in maintaining normal immune function.