Kennel cough, also known as tracheobronchitis, is one of the world’s most widespread canine diseases. Kennel cough is mainly caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. Several viruses may also contribute to this problem.
Symptoms of kennel cough include intermittent coughing that increases at night, coughing triggered by exercise, runny eyes, nasal discharge and vomiting mucous at the end of a coughing spasm. There will also be loss of appetite and a reduced energy level.
Try these home remedies to make your dog more comfortable and promote a speedy recovery from kennel cough.
Steam is the most effective kennel cough therapy. The warmth of the steam opens the bronchial tube of the infected dog and helps to remove excess sputum from the throat. When your pet removes sputum, he or she starts to feel better and the healing process will be faster as well.
-Turn on a hot shower in the bathroom and allow the steam to build
-Put your dog in the bathroom to inhale the steam for 15-20 minutes.
-Do not leave your dog alone in the bathroom during this process.
Another effective home relief for your pet is honey. The antimicrobial effect of honey helps fight infection-causing bacteria. Honey helps to relieve nasal discharge caused by Kennel cough. In addition, since honey enhances immunity, you can strengthen your pet's immunity and fight against other kinds of infections.
-Give your sick pet half to 1 teaspoon of honey, 3 or 4 times daily until the cough is cured completely.
In recent years, coconut oil gained great popularity as an effective dog house cough remedy for dogs. Coconut oil's medium chain fatty acid helps kill microorganisms such as harmful bacteria and viruses.
Give 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of your pet’s body weight daily in divided doses. As most dogs like the taste, coconut oil can be fed from a spoon or added to your dog’s food
Do not forget the importance of vitamin C when dealing with pets suffering from kennel cough. This vitamin speeds up your dog's healing process. You can strengthen your dog's immune system by adding a little bit of vitamin C to their diet. If the infection persists, think about giving 500 mg of Vitamin C (half for a small dog) dog three times a day.
Oregano oil has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and is effective not only for pets but also for treatment of colds and coughs in humans. This essential oil contains powerful phenols that can kill harmful bacteria that cause infection in dogs and other microorganisms.
-Add 2 or 3 drops of oregano oil to your pet’s meal and feed him or her 3 times a day.
-For topical use, mix 1 drop of oregano oil with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. Apply it on your dog’s neck and throat area to ease discomfort.
Probiotic foods like yogurt have great nutritional value for humans and their pets. Probiotics can help you remove harmful bacteria from your pet's system and make them feel better soon. Probiotics is known as an immune booster and is important in fighting infection. Includes yoghurt on your pet's diet for dog as a kennel cough treatment. If you are prescribing antibiotics to your pet, do not give your pet antibiotics and probiotic supplement at the same time.