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12 herbal remedies for kennel cough

Herbal remedies for kennel cough in dogs

 It’s time to know the herbal remedies which can cure your dog suffering from kennel cough

In my previous poor I discussed kennel cough, the causes, and symptoms of the same. In this post, I will discuss the herbal remedies which can prevent Kennel cough in your dog.

Kennel cough is just like the common cold in dogs. It can infect your dog if he/she comes is contact with any other dog. Kennel cough can infect your dog if your dog cones ins direct contact with an infected dog-like touching noses, using contaminated surfaces like water, food or food bowl or even by touching noses or droplet. Kennel cough sounds like a dreadful disease. However, it is fairly treatable. Have a discussion with your veterinarian regarding the herbal remedies and your dog’s current condition before administering any of them to your dogs. If the condition persists, call your veterinarian immediately..

1.     Add probiotics to your dog’s diet: 

Probiotics are not only good for your dog’s digestive and oral health, they can also help to prevent Kennel cough in your beloved pooch. kennel cough has a tendency to progress to pneumonia. The good bacteria present in the probiotics compete with the bad bacteria for nutrients preventing the growth of the bad bacteria. Make sure that you only administer the probiotic supplements which are specifically made for dogs. In case your dog has been prescribed an antibiotic by the veterinarian, make sure that you wait for 2 hours before you administer the probiotic to your dog. In case the antibiotics and probiotics are given at the same time, they will cancel out one another.


Herbal remedies for kennel cough in dogs

2.     Treat Kennel cough with coconut oil:- 

I have written a previous blog post about the wonders of coconut oil for dogs. You can access it by clicking here. The antiviral properties of coconut oil help in protecting against the Bordetella virus. Give your dog 2 teaspoons of coconut oil everyday unless the cough is cured. You can either add coconut oil to your dog’s diet or you can have your dog directly lick off from the spoons. Congestion causes a loss of appetite. A whiff of coconut oil will have your dog’s mouth watering again. .You can also use coconut oil as a part of long term maintenance of your dog’s health.

3.     Cinnamon can help: 

Cinnamon is a great dietary supplement. It is safe to be sprinkled on your dog’s food any time, but it is especially amazing as a home remedy for kennel cough. Just like coconut oil, cinnamon also possesses antiviral properties. Just sprinkle a half teaspoon of cinnamon on your dog’s diet.

4.     Raw honey: 

Raw honey is an amazing remedy for sore throat. Raw honey also possesses antiviral, antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties. Provide 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey at least 3 times a day for a 30-50 lbs dog. You can adjust this amount as per your dog’s body weight. Or simply administer half teaspoon if your dog is small and one teaspoon if your dog belongs to a large breed.

5.     Garlic: 

Peel some garlic cloves and put them in a glass jar. Cover the garlic cloves with olive oil and allow it to infuse for 24 hours. Once the infusion is done ( after 24 hours), add a few drops of this concoction to your dog’s diet.

6.      Homeopathic remedies: 

Dosera:  Can be used in case your dog shows symptoms of dry hacking cough along with violent coughing spells.

 Aconite: Aconite is useful during we early stages of kennel cough like hacking, coughing, etc as if your dog has something stuck in the throat.

Spongia Tosta: This is useful for barking, croupy coughs which mostly improves with drinking or eating warm food but tends to worsen on consumptions of cold food or beverage. spongia is implicative of a cough starting in sleep.

Rumex Crispus: This is helpful if your dog is suffering from a dry and persistent throat tickling.

Belladonna: Belladonna bs used when there is a sudden onset of symptoms, fever, chills as well as sweating from the pads of their feet.

Other remedies which you can do in case your dog is suffering from Kennel cough:

 7. Use a humidifier:

Place a humidifier near your dog’s resting area. The humidifier will moisten the air which your dog breathes, thus, reducing the irritation to your dog’s throat.

 8. Use the shower and administer steam therapy to your pooch:

When you take a warm shower, keep your pup in the bathroom with you. The warm air will provide steam therapy to your dog, clearing up the nostrils and throat.

 9. Grapefruit seed extract:

Grapefruit seed extract mixed with water in a spray bottle can act a disinfectant to prevent the spread of the virus to the other animal in the house.

10. Provide plenty of rest to your dog: 

Rest is very crucial for your dog to recover from Kennel cough. Reduce your -dog’s daily exercise duration. This helps with the recovery process and reduces the coughing episodes.

 11. Avoid the following:-

When your dog is recovering from Kennel cough, make sure to avoid any kind of irritants like cigarette smoke, dust or household cleaners. These items can cause irritation to your dog’s throat and delay the recovery process.

  12. During walks:

Make sure to use a harness instead of a collar for your dog. The harness will let you apply pressure on your dog’s chest which on the other side, a collar will put pressure on your dog’s throat which might worsen your dog’s condition.


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