Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer from uncontrollable fits of coughing. Just imagine a dog with the same problem. Poor pooch – he or she is most likely fighting a case of kennel cough. Depending on the bacteria or virus that created this problem, bringing relief and using home remedies for kennel cough can ease symptoms and treat infection.
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What is Kennel Cough?
Dogs can contract an infectious bronchitis (known as ‘kennel cough’), which brings on a distinct hacking cough that many people describe as ‘something stuck in my dog’s throat’ . Comparable to a chest cold in humans, kennel cough can become a serious matter in young pups, elderly dogs, pooches with weakened immune systems, and severely untreated cases. Kennel cough usually lasts between one and two weeks. After the condition has passed, your dog will resume his normal level of activity and eating habits.
Causes and Symptoms
The following bacteria and viruses cause kennel cough:
• Bordetella Bronchiseptica – Recognized as the main cause of the condition, this kind of bacteria finds its way inside of a dog’s body by direct contact or is transmitted through the air. After the bacteria reproduce, your dog becomes sick and starts to show symptoms. An incessant cough is the result.
• Canine Parainfluenza-3 – As a primary virus associated with kennel cough, the epithelial cells of the respiratory tract of dogs is affected. Damage to the trachea may take place. If left untreated, your dog may develop another disease called tracheobronchitis. The Canine Parainfluenza-3 virus is the same virus that causes distemper in dogs.
• Canine Adenovirus Type 2 – The virus known to deeply penetrate the lungs of your pet is the same culprit behind the common cold in dogs and canine hepatitis. Luckily, this virus is less common.
Dogs suffering from kennel cough will exhibit a hacking cough (almost dry and vomit-like), phlegm, fever, lowered activity level, listlessness, and a gagging sound in the throat.
Kennel Cough Home Remedies
If you have more than one dog in your household, make sure to keep your companion with kennel cough in a separate room. This disease is extremely contagious and you don’t want to administer the following home remedies for kennel cough to more than one pet when you don’t have to:
a) Hydrogen Peroxide:
Sterilize water bowls using hydrogen peroxide. Next, apply three drops of 3% peroxide with two teaspoons of honey for every 8-ounce glass of water poured into the bowl for the dog to drink. Add the same amount of peroxide mixture to four ounces of water. Grab a dog toothbrush and gently brush their teeth. For some dogs, the coughing subsides. Brushing again helps control the cough when it arises once again.
Tap into the antiseptic power of honey by giving your dog one teaspoon of honey three times per day. Make sure to use the ‘runny’ kind. You may also add raw honey to a warm cup of water. Entice your pooch to drink it, but if he or she refuses – use a medicine dropper to send the solution straight into their mouth. Administer a couple of drops every hour.
Create a strong tea made out of peppermint leaves. You may also add honey. Using a medicine dropper, give your dog a couple of drops every hour until the coughing subsides.
d) Avoid Cough Suppressants:
It may be tempting to hush kennel cough with a cough suppressant, but this method actually increases the amount of phlegm produced. While strongly advised against, a mild pediatric cough medicine could be used if coughing becomes too heartbreaking and painful to bear.
e) Bring on the Heat:
Relief for dry kennel cough is found in humid environments. Situating a home humidifier or vaporizer close to your dog may help.
f) Lower Exercise Levels:
While your dog is battling kennel cough, it’s a good idea to reduce his or her level of exercise. Keep your pet inside to lower the risk of worsening their cough or spreading the condition to other dogs.
g) No Smoke:
When around your dog, shelter them from smoky environments, such as lit cigarettes.
h) Vitamin C:
Boost the immune system of your dog by adding a bit of vitamin C to their diet.