Any dog owner whose pet has become infected with kennel cough (or bordetella bronchiseptica) knows what a struggle it can be to treat the problem once the virus has set in. Thankfully, home remedies like hydrogen peroxide can treat kennel cough in dogs.
What is Kennel Cough?
Kennel cough is an air borne virus, which can be carried in aerosol droplets from the discharge of an infected animals sneeze or cough or via direct contact with another animal. It is likely that your pet has contracted kennel cough if he or she was recently boarded in a kennel, been to the vet or doggie day care, or has been in contact with another dog harboring the virus.
Kennel cough can produce a number of symptoms including a dry, hacking cough, gagging responses, sneezing, and when the virus progresses can result in fever, nasal discharge and the coughing up of mucus. Without treatment, kennel cough can escalate into a very serious infection or even pneumonia.
Effectively handling kennel cough is much easier when treatment is administered soon after the initial development of symptoms.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Kennel Cough
The hydrogen peroxide treatment is the most effective natural remedy for kennel cough according to Earth Clinic readers who have tried it over the years.
A few drops of 3% peroxide is added to drinking water and given to the dog twice a day.
Another popular method is to mix peroxide, honey and fresh lemon juice and give to your dog twice a day. Read feedback from over 45 Earth Clinic readers who tried H2o2 for their canine’s cough here.
Homeopathy for Kennel Cough
There are several well-known and very efficient homeopathic treatments for the problem.
In the beginning stages, if your dog is suffering from a dry and retching cough use a treatment of Drosera.
If the cough has progressed into a more rattling or phlegmy sounding cough, try using Dulcamara. For a serious cough, which is producing mucus, use Coccus. All three remedies are great for battling cough symptoms.
Continue reading individual remedies listed in the chart below for feedback from our readers who successfully treated Kennel Cough.
Most Popular Kennel Cough RemediesBelow are the total number of 4 and 5 star reviews as reported by Earth Clinic readers who used a particular remedy to treat kennel cough in their dog.
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