Herbal and home remedies, Kennel Cough and your puppy

You will know if your puppy has ‘kennel cough’ as you will hear a dry honking sound coming from your puppy instead of his usual tone. It will keep you awake at night more than your husband’s snoring!

Usually the condition will last for two weeks until the phlegm starts loosening in the puppy’s throat.

There are over the counter suppressants available but the cough does need to run its course. However, it can be dangerous for your puppy as a chronic cough can lead to pneumonia.

A puppy’s immune system can fight most infections, but if the immune system is not strong enough at the time of the infection, which is when the coughing will appear.

A vaccination to bring relief to your puppy is invaluable. However, there are home remedies listed below which can help boost the immune system quickly.

Herbal remedies:

  • Try Goldenseal or Echinacea as both fight infection
  • A daily dose of Vitamin C
  • Bryonia is a homeopathic remedy which increases immunity

Home Remedies:

  • A humidifier or vaporiser will bring relief to the symptoms
  • Use a mild cough medicine and replace with some honey for the soreness in the throat
  • Do not smoke and keep your puppy away from dust areas