Relax; your dog is going to be OK. I know firsthand how scary it can be when your pet has kennel cough and you’re not sure what to do.
Our Shih Tzu named Sally (our 2 year old daughter named her) came down with a horrible case of kennel cough and my daughter and wife were freaking out.
Truth be known, I was freaking out too but wanted to act strong to help calm my girls down. As I did a little research, I realized that kennel cough sounded way worse than what it actually was and that there were some very basic natural remedies for kennel cough that we could administer at home.
I have included below some of the home remedies that I have found to be most effective and give our dogs the quickest relief. Relax, read these tips, and go take care of your “other” family member.
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What Is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is basically an infection in the upper respiratory track of the dog. There can be various reasons for the onset of the infection. Viruses and pathogens in the environment can cause Kennel cough. Viruses such as coronavirus, canine parainfluenza, adenovirus, distemper and some bacterial infections like Bordetella bronchiseptica can lead to onset of the disease in dogs. It is a highly contagious disease and can spread from one dog to another through water, air and food. Keeping an infected dog in a close quarters with other healthy ones can spread the virus through the community.
Home Remedies for Kennel Cough
If your dog has been diagnosed with Kennel cough or showing some common symptoms of the disease, there’s nothing to worry about. This is a very common disease and can be treated with some simple home remedies. If you know how to treat and cure your common cold, you won’t find any problem in dealing with your dog’s problem too. Here is a list of easy and good home remedies to treat kennel cough:
Probiotics – You can look for number of over-the-counter supplements to cure the illness. Probiotics provide great nutritional value not just to humans, but also animals and other living creatures. Probiotics for dogs can be bought from any chemist or general conventional stores.
Also, you can ask your vet to recommend some brands which have a good reputation in the market. If you are also giving a vet prescribed anti-biotic, make sure you give a gap of at least 2 hours after the antibiotic dose.
Honey – This is one of the best home remedies to treat dog Kennel cough. It is dog friendly and your pet will definitely take it with the utmost pleasure and interest. Honey is warm and gives your pet instant relief from nasal discharge. One tablespoon of honey two times a day would work wonders for your delicate pet. Make sure you only buy raw honey to feed your dog. The one with preservatives and artificial flavors can worsen the condition.
Chicken Soup – Do not ever under estimate the benefits of a healthy and well cooked chicken. A well prepared chicken soup is one of the most effective home remedy to treat Kennel cough. It will give relief to your dog’s sore throat and also boost the immunity. Since chicken is one of a dog’s favorite foods, you won’t have to work hard to get them to drink the soup. Just make sure you don’t over-boil it.
Cinnamon – This is one of the most effective grandma’s remedies. Cinnamon acts as a great healing agent for coughs and bacterial infections due to the presence of anti-viral properties. Simply sprinkle some cinnamon on your dog’s food and let him enjoy the flavor, while getting his viral treated. Cinnamon has antiviral properties which can heal your dog faster.
Coconut Oil – Virgin coconut oil is not only good for your hair and skin, but it has high anti-viral and anti-fungal properties that don’t just treat infections in human, but also in dogs. Since Kennel cough is caused by the Bordetella virus, this oil can inhibit the virus effectively due to its antiviral properties. You can simply pour in a bowl and serve it directly to your dog. Your dog will definitely like the aroma and fragrance of the oil.
Take a note of these home remedies for kennel cough and try either of them to give your dog instant relief from his problems. These remedies can seriously treat the virus more efficiently than any anti-biotic.