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The 9 Natural Remedies for Kennel Cough

Updated on April 17, 2013

There are a lot of causes for kennel cough but the common cause is due to the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. A lot of people mistakenly believe that bordetella is kennel cough but this is incorrect.

Dogs that obtain the bordetella bacteria have a virus that can develop into infection. Among these viruses are the canine adenovirus, canine herpes, distemper, and the parainfluenza virus. Kennel cough is a type of bronchitis. In humans, it is similar to a chest cold.

Though kennel cough is not a serious dog health problem, it is very contagious. Whether your companion friend has the illness or you know other dogs that are infected, make sure to isolate them or keep them apart until they have fully recovered. A dog can get kennel cough when he inhales the bacteria or virus.

Kennel Cough Symptoms

If your dog shows these following symptoms, then it is probably kennel cough:

  • Hacking and dry cough
  • Clear nasal and eye discharge
  • Gagging/retching after coughing
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pneumonia

kennel cough (what it sounds like)

Natural Remedies for Kennel Cough

  1. A nosode is a homeopathic remedy which is obtained from a pathological specimen. What these nosodes do is they stimulate the dog’s natural immune system to react against specific illnesses. Kennel cough nosodes have been proven to be effective.
  2. Esberitox, a fast-acting Echinacea, is also effective decreasing the virulence of bordetella infections.
  3. Giving vitamins C and E to your dog can also help make their immune system stronger.
  4. Raw garlic and olive leaf have natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.
  5. Oregano oil also has antiseptic, antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.
  6. Slippery Elm can soothe sore throats in dogs.
  7. Raw honey is helpful in alleviating the discomfort of excessive coughing. Other herbs such as marshmallow and licorice root also help in soothing and naturally suppressing a cough.
  8. Essential oils can also be given to a pup with kennel cough to make him feel comfortable and breathe easier. Eucalyptus, tea tree, and lavender oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties. On the other hand, you can also use chamomile because it has soothing and calming effects.
  9. Astralagus, a Chinese herb, can boost your dog’s immune system, improve lung function, and stimulate the regeneration of bronchial cells.

As always, it is very important to talk with a holistic veterinarian before introducing any natural remedies to your dog. Though side effects rarely occur, doses may differ depending on your dog's weight. It is important to know the doses and the applications that are most appropriate for your companion friend.


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      Jax 3 years ago

      Lavender oil and Eucalyptus oil is very TOXIC if licked by a dog (maybe more oils also). Please make sure your readers are aware of that and aware that you are referring to topical application and these CANNOT be taken. A lot of people don't realise how to treat and you do need to spell it.

      Thank you for you site.


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      dogfond 4 years ago

      Thanks Chris. Followed you. You got lots of interesting hubs.

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      Chris Achilleos 4 years ago

      Interesting and very useful information Dogfond. Thanks for sharing the advice. Voted up, useful and sharing!