Helping Your Dog the Natural Way

Vaccinations and anti-biotics are not for everyone, and that goes for our dogs as well. Pet owners who do not believe in treating their dogs with drugs have plenty of natural alternatives when it comes to remedying kennel cough.

Pet owners do not need to spend a lot of money to cure their dog of this disease. There are several home remedies available to help your dog feel better; the majority only requiring simple household items and ingredients. For pet owners who prefer to let the cough run its course, the kennel cough home remedies listed below have been found to be effective in curing, and providing dogs relief over the span of the condition.

*Please note that if the cough lasts longer than 2-3 weeks, or you notice the color of the phlem change from clear/cream to a dark gold/green it can signify that a subsidiary bacteria/infection has set in. In this case it is important to take your dog in to get looked at by an animal doctor for a professional opinion right away to ensure it receives the proper care.

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Vitamins

You can give your dogs vitamins to help them recover from kennel cough. Vitamin C is one of the most effective vitamins in helping humans recover from sicknesses such as the flu, or a cold and can also be given to dogs for bacterial and virus related conditions. The recommended dosage can vary depending on your dogs weight, but 500 mg or one tablet, two to three times a day is a common dosage.

For dogs 2 years old and older you can try giving them pediatric robitussin. The recommended dosage is 4 times a day, for 5-7 days. If your pet is still experiencing kennel cough after a week, then it’s time for a trip to the vet.

It’s very important for your dog to have and maintain a strong immune system, especially when dealing with a condition such as kennel cough. Echinacea helps strengthen your dogs immune system against bacteria and viruses and can be used until your dog has fully recovered.

Honey

You can give your dog a little honey to sooth his/her throat. Many people find that this is a simple and effective remedy to help alleviate kennel cough. Just give your pet a teaspoon or two and the results should be quick. Chances are your dog will love the taste, and will be relieved from the cough.

Keeping the Air Moist

It’s always best to keep the air moist when your pets are having throat problems. A humidifier or vaporizer can help your dogs throat from becoming too dry. Try to place it close to their bed or wherever “their place” is. Many portable air conditioners now days have “humidifier mode” so it might be an idea to check your user manual for instructions on how to activate it.

Steam Remedy

Steam is a simple and powerful kennel cough remedy, as it can open up dog's bronchial tubes and help them clear more phlem out of their system when they cough. Turn on your shower as hot as it can go and let the room fill up with steam. Allowing your dog to inhale the steam for 15-25 minutes will let him/her get rid of a greater amount of phlem, and help them breathe easier while suffering from the cough.

Chicken Soup

Yes, really. Chicken soup is one of the most effective kennel cough remedies. It can be given to your dog to help soothe its throat and help boost its immune system.

Garlic Pills

Giving your dog a garlic pill (500 mg) each day with their meal can improve their immune system, helping them recover quicker. Couple this with an Echinacea capsule and your dog will be on its way to a speedy recovery. Just hide it in their favourite meal and they won't notice a thing!

Herbs

Hyssop is a herb that has literally been used for centuries to help alleviate irritated throats, mucous accumulations, and other all around respiratory issues. Hyssop is a healthy and effective herb to help your dog feel better, and can be purchased from any health or vitamin store.

For Dry Cough

Drosera is derived from sundew, and can be given to your pet if they have contracted kennel cough. It is most efficient against a dry cough.

For Phlegmy Sounding Cough

Dulcamara can be used if it sounds like your dog has a lot of phlegm in it’s chest or throat, but can’t get it out. You may also try firmly hitting your dogs lungs while it is coughing to help get the phlegm out. This is similar to hitting someone’s back while they are choking to help them get the food up.

For Coughing with Phlegm

Coccus can be used to help alleviate your dog if it is coughing and hacking up phlegm.