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.
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.
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