You can use a Kennel Cough Home Remedy if your dog contracts kennel cough, though with any severe illness it is always best to take your dog in to see a veterinarian.
An easy but effective way to help treat kennel cough is to give your dog cough syrup. The cough syrup you have at home works just fine. Cough syrup for dogs is a great but simple Kennel Cough Home Remedy as most people have cough syrup readily available either in their current stock of medicine, or available at most grocery stores. The best part is you don’t need any special cough syrup for dogs!
Please do be careful giving your dog cough syrup as it is not a means to cure kennel cough. Cough suppressants hold back the phlegm, and the longer the kennel cough remains, the more likely a chance of it turning into pneumonia becomes.
Prevention is of course the best way to keep your dog healthy. Giving your dog a vaccine and a booster shot is a great way to prevent him or her from the suffering that they will experience if they contract kennel cough.
Building up the dog’s immune system is the primary defense in the prevention of kennel cough. A great Kennel Cough Home Remedy is echinacea and astragalus. They can be found in capsule, tea or tincture form, and combined in food or water.
Astragalus beefs up the lungs and restores bronchial cells. Vitamin C also promotes the immune system, making it harder for your dog to get sick. (Just like for us human folk as well) Chewable vitamin C can be used, just mash and mix it in to the dog’s food.
Drosera is great for handling your dog’s dry cough. If your dog seems to have phlegm but cannot cough it out, Dulcamara may be a better alternative.
For a cough that has associated phlegm, Coccus is rather helpful to your dog. Another home remedy is Bryonia. Bryonia, given 3 times a day is helpful in dealing with the symptoms of kennel cough.
Kennel cough typically runs its course in two to three weeks if left unattended. Occasionally it could end up as pneumonia or other severe infections. Home remedies are great to help make your dog feel better and speed up recovery. A veterinarian should definitely be consulted whenever the dog exhibits zero signs of improvement in two or three days, or if you feel more comfortable in seeking help from a professional.
Take care of your Dog!