Just like humans, dogs can be adversely affected by overuse of medicines. So often, antibiotics are prescribed for sick pets so that eventually, the medicines don’t work any longer. The dog’s immune system is weakened so that he becomes more prone to other illnesses and even serious diseases in the future. Add to that the yearly vaccinations that are required by the kennels if you ever hope to get away for a holiday. Although I would never suggest that you refrain from vaccinating your pets, the vaccines themselves contain ingredients that are potentially toxic.
Herbal remedies for dogs can help boost your dog’s own natural immunity. I recall that when we first took our dog to the kennel for a week-end out of town, he came back with a nasty cough. He had been vaccinated for a kennel cough but the typical vaccine only protects them from certain strains of the virus. So, he had obviously caught some other dog’s kennel cough while we were away.
I quickly began giving him OmegaPet Kennel Cough Syrup. It worked wonderfully, but I wanted to find a supplement that would boost my dogs’ immune system so he wouldn’t get Kennel Cough to begin with. Watching him cough and suffer until the cough syrup took hold was horrible!
What Is Kennel Cough
Kennel Cough is a dry, coarse, hacking cough that appears three to seven days after a dog is initially infected. The cough sounds like the dog is trying to clear its throat and can be triggered by any extra activity or exercise.
The cough portion of Kennel Cough lasts anywhere from one to three weeks. Although it is annoying to both the dog and the dog’s owners, the illness is rarely life-threatening. In addition, the dog should continue to eat and play with the only sign of any illness being the nagging cough.
Kennel Cough is caused by several infectious agents working together to damage and irritate the lining of a dog’s throat. These agents are transmitted the same way human colds are – carried through the air.
The name for the illness comes from prevalence following a stay in a kennel. Many dogs confined together in a small space, just like in humans, the chances are good that one of the dogs will be recovering and still contagious or have just been infected with the illness. It is important not to blame the kennel operator for Kennel Cough. Even in the most sterile, best-ventilated kennel, a single dog with no symptoms can get everyone sick. An infected dog can spread the illness for days to weeks even after recovering from the diseases on his or her own.
Another Stay At The Kennel
The next time we had him scheduled to go to the kennel for another week-end trip, My vet recommended an herbal medication called Doggie Herb to help boost his immune system. It came in powder form and I gave him a dose with his food once per day for two weeks prior to the week-end we had booked for him. Well this time, he came out of the kennel as healthy as ever, even though it was the Christmas season and the boarding house was fully booked with dogs. I was extremely impressed!
The thing is that herbal remedies for dogs are typically used as a preventative measure rather than a cure for an already existing illness. Although these medications can be used to help heal an illness that’s already present, relief may not be as quick as with conventional medicine that you would get from the vet.
So, it’s a good idea to investigate how you might best boost your pet’s immune system for the long term. Not only to prevent illness if they are going to a boarding home but for their overall long-term health. I personally take vitamins every day to keep myself healthy and prevent myself from getting colds or flu in the short term but also to prevent things like osteoporosis later in life. Consider doing the same for your beloved dog.
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Currently, the vaccines available effectively prevent the disease. It is important to note that the commercial Kennel Cough vaccine which contains the Bordatella agent alone may not be fully protective because of the other infectious agents involved in Kennel Cough.
Othe Home Remedies For Your Dogs Cough
The recommended dosage ranges between 0.5 and 1mg per pound, every 12 hours. For a precise dosage you need to take your dog to the veterinarian. The dosage varies according to the gravity of the symptoms and the overall response to medication. The dosage may need to be lowered if any side effects occur. ` Vetinfo.com
Organic Unrefined / Virgin Coconut Oil:
A dosage of about 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight per day.
A 30 to 50 lbs dog can be given about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey three to four times a day. Adjust this amount up or down depending on the size of your dog.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Honey:
Add 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide (food grade) to a teaspoon of honey mixed into a large glass of water.
Moisture / Essential Oils
If your dog has a dry cough, use a humidifier or vaporizer near his bed. For added benefit try adding 6 drops of Vitality Thieves essential oil to help ease of breathing, 3 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil to clean the air, and 3 drops of Eucalyptus Blue essential oil for calming.