Thursday, June 17, 2010

Alternative Remedies for Kennel Cough

Dogs with kennel cough may actually sound like a honking goose! The condition is very similar to that of the common cold in humans and unfortunately the best treatment for this condition is to just let it run its course.
The symptoms, however, can be extremely painful and can try the patience of many dog owners. The dry, honking cough can keep you and your dog awake through nights for more than 15 to 20 days at a time.

Many people suggest cough suppressants as a remedy.  Unfortunately cough suppressants can actually keep the phlegm from coming out and thus increasing the number of days of misery for your pet. The longer the kennel cough remains, the better the chances of your dog developing pneumonia.

A humid environment can help to provide some relief. A home humidifier or vaporizer placed close to where your dog sleeps is a great idea.  You can also reduce the level of exercise while your dog is suffering from the cough.  One of the staples in my dog first aid kit at home is Slippery Elm.  This is a great remedy that works to soothe the throat and provide some relief from that extreme cough.   Echinacea is also good to use.  Just place a few drops directly into your dogs mouth 2 to 3 times a day.  Finally, you can give your dog some honey to ease an irritating throat.  Also try to reduce exposure to smoke and keep him indoors.

Dealing with kennel cough is a long and trying process but even more so for your dog.  Only time can overcome a viral respiratory infection, but at least you are now informed of other ways to help your dog through the illness.

Please pay this advice forward.

1 comment:

  1. Recently, my dog suffering for a kennel cough and it is sounding like a honking goose. I heard from the Vets Somerset to bring my dog to a veterinarian to check the cough of my pet. I also decide to read some articles that give me an alternative remedy for this disease. I saw your blog contains the useful tips I can use to treat the kennel cough of my dog. Read more information please visit this link: