Kennel cough is a condition from which dogs suffer. Though this condition has multiple causes, it is mainly caused by the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria. Therefore it is also known as Bordetella. When dogs become infected with this bacteria, they also become infected with a virus simultaneously which is responsible for several canine diseases.
When dogs inhale bacteria or virus into their respiratory tract they catch kennel cough. The respiratory tract in dogs is lined with a coating of mucous which traps the foreign microbes but a number of factors weaken this protective lining and results in infection. The larynx and the wind pipe become inflamed, which is why dogs make a choking sound or a hacking noise when they cough persistently.
Some dogs have a runny nose, eye discharge and sneezing. Dogs can also catch kennel cough due to cold temperatures, crowded or poorly ventilated conditions and exposure to cigarette smoke.
Home Remedies For Kennel Cough
Keep Your Dog In Moist Air
When your dog is suffering from kennel cough, always keep it in a moist environment. The infection makes the throat dry and increases the cough and hacking sound so keep a humidifier close to your dog.
Also, when it sleeps place it close to its bed so that it can breathe in moist air all the time. The moist air will remove the dryness and mitigate the cough.
Honey is cheap and at the same tome very safe. It will not only soothe the throat but it will also help to cure the cough. Give your dog two teaspoons of honey two or three times during the day.
Many dog owners have found honey to be a very effective remedy for kennel cough. If your dog does not like honey mix it with its favorite food and give it to him/her.
Garlic will help to improve your dog’s immunity and enable it to fight off the infection rapidly and effectively. Garlic has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that will cure the infection swiftly. Give your dog a garlic pill of 500 mg everyday. Just mix the pill with its food so that it will not even notice it.
Vitamin C is very effective in curing coughs and colds. It is a powerful antioxidant that removes the toxins and infections from the body and sets the stage for quick recovery. Just as it helps humans to recover from several diseases and ailments so does it help dogs too.
It is also extremely safe with no side effects. Give your dog one tablet of 500 mg three times daily. Your dog should recover from the cough after a week’s time.
Chicken soup is another simple and easy remedy which will cure your dog in a couple of week’s time. Chicken soup is full of valuable nutrients which will nourish your dog and at the same time boost its immune system which will enable it fight off the infection swiftly and effectively. Chicken soup will also soothe its irritated and inflamed throat and bring relief in the cough.
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