Kennel Cough: Is a Natural Treatment the Answer?

The consensus is still out on what the exact cause of kennel cough is but if your dog is suffering from it, you´re probably more interested in finding a treatment that is both fast and effective.

While some experts believe it is caused by a virus, others blame the bacteria Biordatella Bronchiseptica. Fact is, this illness is responsible for causing minor irritation of the trachea leading to that loud, hacking cough that can be so worrisome.

Luckily, the symptom is worse than the disease itself. If your beloved pet is suffering from kennel cough, you want to make sure she gets the treatment she needs. This basic information can help:

  • Please be aware it is extremely contagious. This means it can spread easily from one dog to the other, so keep your pet away from other animals while she is sick.
  • It can affect your dog, no matter what her age may be.
  • Whether or not your dog can be affected has nothing to do with her breed – however if her immune system is weak, she could be at higher risk of getting the disease.
  • Once your dog comes down with kennel cough the only way to have a peaceful home again is to get your dog the treatment she needs – and make sure she is healed completely.

Treatments

Most dog owners tend to look for home remedies when it comes to treating kennel cough. And while some people question whether these natural remedies are truly effective, often the problem lies in whether you are applying them correctly – or not.

Before you choose a treatment to use, do the proper research ahead of time to make sure you have the information you need to be able to apply the remedy successfully.

  • Astragalus is an herb used to support the functioning of the lungs, stimulate the growth and regeneration of bronchial cells and enhance the immune system. It is frequently used in Chinese medicine.
  • Esberitox is a fast-acting Echinacea that is known to directly attack the disease-causing agents once they are in your dog´s body.
  • Oregano oil is chock full of antifungal, antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Like Esberitox, oregano oil also directly attacks the kennel cough bacteria, helping your pet successfully fight and conquer it!
  • Herbs like licorice root and marshmallow can help soothe and suppress a cough naturally, while slippery elm helps soothe sore throats.
  • Raw honey can help ease the discomfort of coughing
  • Vitamins C & E are both well-known for helping build up the human immune system and can do much the same thing for your dog. Together they can help your dog´s body resist kennel cough more easily if it is exposed to it.
  • Nosodes is a homeopathic remedy that comes from a pathological specimen being injected to help give your dog´s immune system a boost (much like your being given a flu shot with a small dose of the bacteria that causes the flu). This way, your dog´s body is prepared to fight off kennel cough if it comes into contact with it. Kennel cough nosodes have proven to be especially effective.
  • Essential oils like lavender, tea tree and eucalyptus all have antiviral and antibacterial properties; chamomile has a calming effect… all of these are great for helping a puppy with kennel cough breathe more easily.

Just check before using any natural remedies to make sure they will not negatively affect any other medication your pet may be taking.

Also keep in mind, that even if you are successful in finding a natural remedy for your dog´s cough, you may still need to use antibiotics to make sure the disease is cured completely. The fact is, if it goes untreated for too long, your pet may need anti-inflammatory medication to relieve any pain she may be suffering until the infection clears up.

And before you consider using the traditional kennel cough tablets to treat your pet, please be aware that these tablets are made of chemicals that can actually do more harm than good. Natural herbs, free of chemicals, are always a better alternative for treating the canine you love.

Source by Jenny McDonnel