What is kennel cough & the best way to treat kennel cough in dogs
What is Kennel Cough in dogs?
We just heard that some downtown Vancouver dogs recently got kennel cough and thought it would be helpful to share some information on how to treat kennel cough.
Kennel Cough is essentially the human equivalent of a chest cold. It can resolve itself without treatment although the hacking cough can sound terrible. Some dogs may sneeze or have a discharge.
There are various causes of kennel cough with the most common being the Bordetella bacteria. Although your dog may be vaccinated for Bordetella, it may still get kennel cough since there is a wide variety of bacteria and virus that can cause it. Most dogs that get the kennel cough may already be fighting a viral infection.
So why do most dog daycares require Bordetella before they take your dog? Simple. To limit their liability. That still does not prevent your dog from getting kennel cough.
Should I get the Bordetella vaccine for my dog?
We generally prefer less drug intervention if it can be avoided especially in this case where you are not guaranteeing protection for your dog by getting the vaccine.
Bordetella is not one of the Core Vaccines, we’ve talked about in the past and in addition, there may be side effects. An active infection may not be helped by getting the vaccine. Looking at the results of Dr. Schultz study on how long each of the canine vaccines last, you will see that Bordetella is only good for about 9 months.
How to treat Kennel Cough in dogs?
The first thing to do if your dog is showing signs of hacking cough is to isolate your dog since it is highly contagious.
We like using oregano oil as it has anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral properties. You could use it in either of the following ways:
- Add one to two drops of oregano oil to 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to increase the treatment from both oils. The coconut oil makes the oregano oil taste less harsh for treating kennel cough in your dog.
- Add one to two drops of oregano oil to raw honey as this will also dilute the oregano oil and soothe your dog’s throat.
- Grate a bit of fresh garlic clove and add to your dog’s food.
We’ve had doggy customers who’ve recovered in about two weeks using this treatment.
Alternatively, this herbal remedy in store will cure your dog.
If your dog is still not recovering after two to three weeks, it is time to see a vet!
For more info, click on the picture to find suggestions on natural remedies for Kennel Cough.
It also has information on whether it is necessary to treat it with medical intervention.
Hope this helps in furthering your research for the well being of your pups!