Tips for Treating Mild Kennel Cough at Home
with Allison Shalla of homeoPAWthic, Wellness Advocate

'Tis the season where colder areas may see an influx in cases of Kennel Cough (Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease).


What is Kennel Cough?

Similar to the human common cold, "Kennel Cough" or "Bordetella" is a virus - most often caused by a bacteria called Bordetella bronchiseptica m. Dogs "catch" kennel cough when they inhale bacteria or virus particles into their respiratory tract. It is usually not a serious condition, and in most cases it will resolve on it's own, but you can help your pet fight this virus at home. In some cases, in senior pets, pets with compromised immune systems, or other health issues, kennel cough can lead to pneumonia if not treated. If you pet is very ill, please always consult your veterinarian.


Symptoms Include:

  • Strong cough, often with a "honking" sound
  • Nasal discharge (runny nose) or eye discharge
  • Sneezing (or "reverse sneezing")
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sometimes a low fever


Can I treat Kennel Cough at home?

Depending on the severity of the illness and your pet's overall health, you can try some at-home remedies or you may need to go to your vet. Dogs with other health issues, especially immunocompromised dogs, should be seen by a veterinarian. Kennel Cough CAN develop into pneumonia if serious and left untreated.


VERY IMPORTANT: Kennel Cough is VERY contagious so avoid areas where you may come into contact with others dogs (except the vet's office). Avoid dog parks and areas frequented by dogs, such as popular trails.


How can I treat naturally at home?

Stay tuned for my next post where I will share some at-home remedies for mild cases of Kennel Cough in otherwise healthy pets. Remedies include herbal support, local raw honey, steam baths and I will also share my favourite nourishing bone broth recipe!


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