Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Garlic, Echinacea
- General Feedback
- Homeopathic Remedies
- Honey and Lemon
- Honey, Hydrogen Peroxide, Lemon Juice
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Maple Syrup
- Multiple Remedies
- No-Dye Benadryl
- Oregano Oil
- Remedies Needed
- Rosehips, Lemon, Honey, Garlic
- Vitamin C
Last Modified on Mar 25, 2014
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.' It is likely that your pet has contracted kennel cough if he or she was recently boarded in a kennel or has been in contact with another dog harboring the virus.' 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.
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. 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.
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[YEA] 05/16/2010: Tucson_arizona from Tucson, Arizona, U.s.a.: "Kennal Cough & Garlic Yay
We have a 3 month old mixed breed puppy. I noticed about a week ago he started having a kind of hacking cough.
So that first day I hear it, I gave him a garlic pill. I am giving him 1 500 mg orderless tablet a day. I have used garlic pills in the past, and recommend getting only odorless, other wise the non-oderless have a nasty way of "coming back at ya" if you know what I mean lol.
I also started putting a chewable vitamin C pill on top of his dog food, and he is eating that!
Ever since I start giving him(Magnum) the Garlic,he stopped hacking almost immediately!"Replies
[YEA] 09/25/2010: Dana from Spartanburg, Sc replies: "I took my St Bernard to the Humane Society to be fixed, when she came, she brought Kennel Cough home with her. Knowing that the rest of my dogs could catch it, I immediately started them all on garlic. I used fresh garlic (about 4 big cloves), some broth, bolied carrot and put it all in a blender. Poured it over their food and they ate it right up. After 2 days of doing this my St's cough was pretty much completly gone. I did this for a week and by the end of the week, she was as good as new. I also put a capful of hydrogen peroxide in their water bowl each time I had to fill it. Hope this helps someone."
[NAY] 08/31/2011: Joanne from Las Vegas, Nv replies: "I cannot believe how many people are suggesting to feed and feeding their pets garlic! Garlic is considered to be toxic to dogs in anything more than trace amounts (such as the little bit added into dog food) anything more, such as whole garlic cloves as some people on here are suggesting can cause red blood cell damage in dogs just like onions. PLEASE do not feed your dogs whole cloves of garlic. If your dog is sick, take them to the vet! Alternative remedies can be great, but dogs are not people, their systems are different and they cannot handle all of the foods that we can."
09/04/2011: Stellasmommy from Seattle, Pnw replies: "Garlic, just like many other foods said to be toxic to dogs is really only toxic if your dog has an actual allergy to it. I have had dogs eat chocolate and not even so much as fart afterwards let alone die from it. I've had a dog eat onion and survive with nothing more then me calling her vet to ask what I should do. I think it's more risky if for example you have a smaller dog who's body can't process things like a larger dog can. The dogs that I'm speaking of all weighed over 65lbs. I'm not saying go ahead and give huge doses of whatever you want to your animal, but if you're going to try a natural remedy be prepared for what COULD happen and let your vet know what you are going to be trying."
07/04/2012: Debbie from Dallas, Tx replies: "A 2003 study on Grape and Raisin Toxicity in Dogs, published in the Australian Veterinary Journal clearly states that certain grapes, onions, garlic, cloves and other derivatives can be harmful for pets. Most people do not understand the difference between human food and dog food.
Garlic can have severe long term effects such as hormonal changes, diarrhea, anemia, tachycardia [irregular heart beat], liver damage and allergic reactions. Would you risk that ?????
I have tried using this medicine on my dogs ( a lab and a pug ) both of them recovered well without any problems."
07/23/2012: Nat from Las Vegas, Nv, Usa replies: "My puppy started hacking the middle of the night... Kennel cough. Took her to vet. Started antibiotics with 500 mg of Vitamin C and honey in morning and before bed. She stopped coughing the next night. Sorry, but folks at least take your dog to vet. Make sure there is not collapsed trachea, obstruction, etc. One person on this page asked what to give a pup with pneumonia.... TAKE THEM TO THE VET! I appreciate holistic and home remedies and use them alot. In fact my vet helps plan them, but to completely disregard vets and take the word of people you have never met on a web forum for the welfare of your animal is lacking in wisdom. I do the vet, apply appropriate veterinary items and do the holistic things they prescribe after our discussion."
[YEA] 09/05/2009: Ellen from Fort Bragg, Ca: "All 6 dogs on the 2 properties got kennel cough (dog colds) at the same time. The 3 next door got "a deal" from the vet because of 3 at once and were only charged $65.00. The 2 on my side I treated with a clove of garlice (put down their throat with a finger) and a 1/2 dropperful of Echinacea for 3 days and then just the garlic for another 7 days. All doctors have you take your meds for 10 days so as not to grow a superbug. Use garlic as an antibiotic/antiviral and treat it as such. It works. And tea tree oil is the best infection fighter for anyone, anything I've put it on. Real easy to apply in an open animal would with a dropper. Ellen A."Replies
01/08/2011: Ninemmruger from Thorn Hill, Tn replies: "I have garlic in cloves and minced (I think) and in powder. The Echinacea I have in cap form how would u give this to a 10-15 pd dog 4 kennel cough?"
[WARNING!] 09/09/2011: Lisa from Albuquerque, Nm replies: "This is in response to using tea trea oil for dogs. After applying tea trea oil to my Miniature Pinchers ears to treat an infection she became paralyzed for about 10-12 hours. Tea tree oil is know to paralyze dogs. Please be aware! (I have used tea tree oil for about 15-20 years successfully, but only on humans.)"
02/03/2013: Angela from Sacramento, California: "Our cat we got from a rescue had a wheezy cough and the rescue had him checked out and lungs and everything is good. Its more frequent and annoying and I feel bad for him. it sounds like a deep cough, wheezy, hairballish. Rescue has another cat that does the same thing. they say to try allergy pill, antiacid. I didn't notice much change with allergy liquid."
11/20/2008: Bill Munro from Michigan: "What potency of drosera or dulcamera is recommended for dog with kennel cough?"
EC: Unfortunately the author of the article on this page, Dawn, did not specify a dose! Perhaps this website has some helpful info?
Honey and Lemon
[YEA] 12/26/2009: Faething from Appleton, Wi: "Honey & Lemon for Kennel Cough
My poor dog was miserable with a hacking dry cough that made him gag! I called my local pharmacist about the remedies that I found on this site, and she said that I could safely treat my 80 lbs golden retriever with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of lemon juice with LOTS of water. I heated up some water, added the honey and lemon juice (a crushed up dog treat too because he wouldn't drink it at first), and within 30 seconds, no more cough! The pharm says to repeat every 4 hours. This will get us through the holiday weekend, and if he's still got the cough on Monday, we can take him to the vet then. The pharm also added that if the cough persists at night, we can get Robitussin DM, but that I'd need to get exact dosage online. Thanks to everyone that commented on this page!!
Reading everyone else's input first helped a lot."Replies
06/22/2010: Sheana from Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Usa replies: "How do you get the right dosage for the use of Robitusson DM? Please get back to me at your earliest convenience....thank you :)"
[YEA] 05/29/2011: Annette 805 from Lompoc, Ca replies: "I adopted a 9 mo. old pug/beagle mix from the Animal Shelter and he had Kennel Cough, $200 in vet bills later and 2 different types of antibiotics the cough was still there (gagging and hacking). I then did further research and found this site and I want to THANK YOU for the Honey and Lemon suggestion.
Shortly after I gave him the water/honey/lemon/hydrogen peroxide mixture the cough was gone and he was able to be the playful puppy that he always wanted to be since we brought him home :-) I also have a 3 year old pug/chihuhua and she is drinking the water too, I am thankful that since the week has passed when we brought him home she never showed signs of being sick or catching Kennel Cough but the water is preventing her from getting sick. I am going to continue this treatment for a few days to be sure it is gone. Please note that I am still giving him the remainder of the antibiotics too. Again from my family to yours THANK YOU!"
10/03/2011: Bruce Lee from Houston, Texas, United States replies: "Hi, I have 3 yorkie puppies that are 10 wks old that have kennel cough. They show symptoms just like what is being described on here. Last week I googled and found this site as I have given up on the vet's antibiotic which do nothing for them. After browsing through this site, I found this forum and started to do the water/ honey/ hydrogen peroxide/ lemon thing..... End result, it didn't work... :(:( my pups are still hacking away. Maybe I'm doing something wrong or wrong mixture? I put 1 teaspoon of honey, 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide 3%, 1 cup of water/ lemon. I just leave it for them to drink. OR should I have force feed it to them?? Need help really bad... Thank you"
10/10/2011: Lcmrockets from Austin, Tx replies: "Hi there, usually I don't reply much but your post is of interest to me bc 2 of my dogs had kennel cough. I went to my health store and got vitamin c made from rose hips, it's more bioavailable that way and gave like half the therapeutic human dose. I think it was 600 mg for a 50lb dog. Anyways, it worked very quickly in a couple of days he was much better try it, I hope it helps!!"
10/20/2011: Cindy from Lewiston, Maine replies: "To Bruce Lee-
The 3% Hydrogen Peroxide in the brown bottles cannot be consumed. The brown bottle peroxides contain a stabilizer, you have to use a food grade hydrogen peroxide. These can be found at whole food markets or natural food stores and they have to be diluted with purified water based on certain calculations. Read the bottle directions carefully, this is very strong and can cause severe harm if not used properly."
01/04/2012: Daniela from West Chester, Pa replies: "I am fostering a 4 weeks old puppy. She started coughing. Cam I give her lemon juice and honey ? How much?"
01/14/2012: Manuela from Alhambra, Ca, Usa replies: "My dog has the same problem- a hacking cough. I will be taking him to the vet on monday but for the time being I would like to reduce this cough. I was wondering what dosage to give him- he's 18lbs.
Please get back to me ASAP Thx"
11/19/2012: Noreen from Charleston, Sc replies: "I recently adoped a 12 yr old, German Shepherd Dog/Lab mix because I knew he was going to be euthanized. He has class 3 or 4 kennel cough. Vet put him on Cipro and Doxy for 3 wks. Worked for about 5 days. Now it's back, as a wet hacking cough and sneezing. Cipro and doxy should not be used together and they are for bacterial infections, not virus infect. My vet did not tell me that it IS transmitable to humans and manifests as upper resp infections. I am at my wits end with this poor dog. Already spent quite a bit at my vet. I need an alternative solution. Weight 85lbs."
02/23/2013: Barbaraanne from Philadelphia, Pa, Usa replies: "I am so glad I found this site. My service dog, Fluff has been sick since November, 2012. First, he had an infection in his ears and skin. We no sooner got rid of that, when last week, he came down with a horrible cough and cold. Fluff is going to be 12 this year. I feel horrible for him. He sounds like a foghorn on a ship. The vet gave him antibiotics, but they are not helping the cough. Today is the sixth day and the cough is still a hacking cough. I called back and they do not have any cough medicine in stock, so they said I could buy some children's cough medicine for him. I was looking up cinnamon & honey cures, when I came upon your site. I just made the honey mixture for Fluff. Hopefully, it will work on him. At this point, I am willing to try anything for him to get rid of that cough he has. The only thing he can eat right now, are small crumbs of hamburg. Nothing else. Thank you so much for your information. God Bless.
[YEA] 02/24/2013: Rhinebeckdude from Rhinebeck, Ny replies: "My new adopted German Shorthair came down with what looked like kennel cough a day after coming with me. It went from initial sneezing to cough, to coughing up flem every 15 mins... He never threw up his food, just the junk sitting in his throat. I started treating him with 1 teaspoon of honey and when he coughed I gently patted his chest to try and loosen some of the junk... It also gave the young dog some comfort to be held while coughing. Results were seen in 4-8 hrs. Now, he just has sniffles and occasional dry cough, which I will retreat with honey/lemon mix. Seems like it works."
Honey, Hydrogen Peroxide, Lemon Juice
[YEA] 10/31/2011: Samson from Spring Valley, California: "OMG!! My 4 month old Boxer puppy Zeus was coughing so bad for 3days. My husband and I assumed he had gotten into something and was trying to bring it up, by the hacking and gagging noise he was making. He nor I could not sleep well at all because his coughing kept him awake. (needless to say my husband slept like a baby). I was determined to find an immediate remedy for my puppy and honestly stumbled upon this site. I went to the store got the Honey, peroxide and lemon juice, gave it to Zeus (and Samson as a precaution) and he stopped the loud honking noise and gagging immediately. I'm going to give them the water mixture for the next 5 days until he is completely healed. I might give to them for 2days every 3months. THANK YOU ALL FOR HELPING MY ZEUS!! I am smiling ear2ear!"Replies
11/19/2011: Margaret from Fort Worth, Tx replies: "To Faething in Appleton, WI: I have 80 lb. Yellow lab, Buck, w/cough & gagging for last 3 days. Petsmart vet said just it's allergies/kennel cough; give him Benadryl 2 caplets in am and pm; can also give him this med 3/day if cough is really bad. Wanted to know if you tried the Robitussin DM on your retriever; what dosage did you give him and how many times/day? Did it work?"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 01/22/2012: Monique from Virginia Beach, Va replies: "My 4 puppies weight 2pounds have discharge from there noses and cough my girlfriend said this was kennel cough or worst bronchitis so I tried the honey, hp and lime juice I didn't have a lemon and one of the puppy's threw up but is better now.
They have stopped coughing all but one puppy still sounds bad and coughing how long should I give this mix to them?"
[YEA] 03/04/2012: Bellasmom from Medford, Oregon, United States replies: "YAY! I adopted a 2ish year old chihuahua mix from the local shelter. She had been given Bortadella. However, by the 5th day at her new home, she started coughing. This rapidly turned into a really bad cough. It was awful to hear and watch. My husband found this site. We started immediately with the 4 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide (we keep oral in the house) and 8 ozs of water (instead of the 14) 1/2 tsp of honey, and a squeeze of lemon. I used a dropper to administer. After two administrations, 4 hours apart, she had a coughing attack, and her head was on fire. I gave her 1/2 of a 81mg childs aspirin, and a 1/2 dropper of rescue remedy. She fell asleep. I kept checking her vitals. After sleeping about 4 hours, she woke up and never coughed again! I kept administering the dropper of the HP mix, less the lemon, for another day, every 4 hours. This worked so well, my husband passed the recipe to our vet. He has always had an open mind, and after being our vet for 11 years, he knows we come up with alternative cures. That's just the way we are. My mother was one for giving baby aspirin, so I knew that would be fine. Especially in the mini dose. I am so thankful for this site."
[YEA] 03/25/2014: Rosemarie from Waikato, Nz replies: "What a great remedy! Our dog woke up with a terrible cough we presumed was kennel cough - a real gaggy terrible sounding noise which left him almost choking. It was no better two days later, so before heading to the vet we decided to give this remedy a go. 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp honey, 5 drops Hydrogen Peroxide (its a big dog! ). Spread this onto a thick dry piece of ciabatta and fed it to him before his other food morning and night. He loved it and within 2 days the coughing had stopped completely."
[YEA] 07/24/2013: Noelle1000 from Elkhorn, Ne, Usa: "Dachshund was up half the night coughing and hacking. Of course, my dogs always get sick on weekends and holidays. I checked EC and found this treatment to try. I used my 35% FOOD GRADE H2O2 and diluted it to a 3% solution. I put 1 teaspoon of honey in a little cup and put some of the H2O2 solution in. I filled a small syringe with the mixture and shot it into her mouth. That darn dog has not coughed even one time since then! I did repeat the dosage every six hours for the next day, but not sure if it was needed. A miracle cure, really."Replies
11/22/2013: Caleb from Tennessee replies: "I used about 2-3 TBSP of an Asian honey aloe tea about 2 cups of water and 2-3 drops of regular peroxide. My boxer had an awful cough and was really suffering. This mix worked wonders. Within a day he was about 75% better and now just three days out he's about 95% well. Thanks for sharing this recipe."
01/31/2014: Sean from Norwalk, CT replies: "I dont know what h202 is please I need help. I've been to vets and only giving me bs."
EC: H202 = Hydrogen Peroxide
02/01/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Sean!
What is the reason your dog is coughing? What sort of BS are the vets giving you?
There are myriad reasons for a dog to have a cough; older dogs can cough from tracheal collapse; dogs infected with heart worm will cough; puppies seem to pick up 'kennel cough' just by visiting the dog park. A sure fire way for a vet to test for KC is to press on the throat in a certain area - the dog will cough it if has KC [sorry I can't explain in fuller detail]. I did have one of mine catch KC and it sounded as if she had a bone stuck in her throat and was trying a deep cough to bring it up.
Kennel cough is a virus with a billion gazillion strains: like the human flu, you can give your pet the KC vaccine but if the strain of virus your dog is exposed to is not covered in the vaccine, then your dog is at risk of catching that strain of KC.
Vet's often prescribe antibiotics for KC *just in case* your dog develops bacterial complications. I try to avoid unnecessary antibiotics but would consider dosing 3-5-7 days if it did appear that my dog developed a secondary bacterial infection due to the stress of fighting off the virus.
If you are certain you are dealing with KC, I have used homeopathic children's cough remedy available from the natural health store do the trick. That and nutritional support with vitamin C or Echinacea boosted with vitamin C was all that was needed."
[YEA] 05/21/2013: Jackie from Clifton, Nj: "My dog contracted kennel cough from neighborhood dog. Cough gradually was getting worse after a weeks time. Found this remedy and it worked after one dose. I dissolved 1 tsp. of raw honey in warm water, added a few more ounced of water to total about 6 oz. Then added 3 drops of store bought hydrogen peroxide. He wouldn't drink it so a broke up pieces of bread in the bowl with it and he lapped it up. Coughing stopped immediately and didn't return. I did give him a second dose about 6 hours later to make sure. That was 1 month ago."Replies
[YEA] 06/26/2013: Lisa from Austin, Tx replies: "Thank you for posting the recipe! It worked wonders for my 12 year old pomeranian who contracted kennel cough from the vet's office. Did two doses 6 hours apart and no more cough."
[YEA] 10/26/2012: Rhonda from Ephrata, Pa: "I rescued a 12 yr old shihtzu 1 week ago. He had the kennel cough nose vaccine that day. I saw it given. He started coughing the next day. I found this peroxide, honey recipe and it worked. I had the mixture in the drinking water for all my old dogs. 5 total. 1 week later Snicks is not coughing and the others show no sign. I do rescue and have clavamox and doxy. He did not need the meds. I will share this w/my rescue friends. You must follow the recipe and get food grade hydrogen peroxide for safety. I know how much $ I saved using this. Give it a try!"
01/08/2011: Ninemmruger from Thorn Hill, Tn, Usa: "I have several dogs and only 1 seems to get this kennel cough couple x's a yr. As the vet says a air born virus like the human cold. I can take him to the vet and of coarse they run a blood test to make sure its not heart worms, and its not if the vet gives him a med shot it seems to boost the recovery of it but if the don't and they Rx him pills usually they work but he ran out of his pills and its snowing pretty bad here, so taken him into the vet is out of the question. We have a fenced in back yard when we let him in there to use the bath-rm after a couple of times doing this we notice that's when the coughing starts, but if its outside of the fence he don't get it so were relating it to dust, usually I can give him bendryl pink tab. Once a day and it seems to take care of it, but this time it didn't, so I'm looking for a home remedy that will work. He (Spots) is about 9 / 10 in human yrs he is pt shitz zoo pom and Yorkie poo. I know Hydrogen Peroxide (HP) is suppose to help a dog vomit from like poison. Don't know the difference between the 2 HP, both bottles I have says HP topical solution, I also have little bit of honey, lemon juice, garlic cloves. I need a easier on the wallet solution. Thank you for taking time to read this, ninemmruger"Replies
[YEA] 07/28/2011: Ryan from Sylacauga, Al replies: "hydrogen peroxide 3% really worked for a sick puppy. I have a 4 week old pup that had nasal discharge, labored breathing, loss of appetite, and was lethargic. We give the pup a 3 drop h2o2, 16 oz. Water, and lemon juice mix. We had to force some liquid down. After giving the mixture, the pup was 50% better within 30 minutes. After an hour the pup was 95% better. The pup was eating, breathing better, and energetic. Still had some nasal discharge but a great improvement overall. I would not have believed that hydrogen peroxide would have made that much difference, that quickly unless I saw it with my own eyes. If you read this post and you are it doubt, trust me just try it. best of all no vet bill."
08/02/2011: Anne from Chipping Norton, United Kingdom replies: "Hi, I have a choc lab who has been coughing alot and bringing up an awful lot of white frothy phlem all day and night for the last two days. She is now on antibiotics but I would love to try the hydrogen peroxide but am realy not sure as how much you give, is it all the solution in one go or at intervals through the day? And it is 3 drops as in 3 drops from an eye dropper?
Sorry but I want to get it just right.
It won't make the phlem anymore frothy?
08/03/2011: Linda from San Tan Valley, Az replies: "Yes three drops from an eye dropper. Worked for my pup.. I did it whenever I filled her bowl up with fresh water; which was morning and night."
08/05/2011: Anne from Chipping Norton, United Kingdom replies: "Thanks Linda, I think it is working, she is so much better. I am going to spread the word!"
[YEA] 08/11/2011: Rivera07 from Tucson, Az replies: "I just used this method for my 3 dogs, lab, pit bull, and a rott and I am amazed on how much better they are doing. My pittie was really bad and he actually can get up and walk around with out hacking. Thank you for everyones input on this website it helped me. There is no way I can afford 3 vet bills and 3 dogs on antibotics right now."
01/11/2012: Gothicrose from Clearwater, Fl Usa replies: "Ok am going to try this with my 5 month old puppy. Could I mix a treat with it or pour the mix on her food or should I just make the mix in her water dish?"
06/06/2012: Cynthia from Fremont, Ca replies: "Hydogen Peroxide ?? Are you kidding me? Thats rocket fuel!!
Never ever use this chemical on your pets. This chemical kills off the good bacterias that live on your pets tongue. So by using this you are simply risking your dogs health more. For those who dont know hydrogen peroxide is used to induce vomitting in dogs and cats. Hydrogen Peroxide is used as a Dog Emetic.
I have always used homeopathic remedies and have always worked well, better than robitussin that many people suggest.
My 2 cents, Cynthia"
[YEA] 12/29/2010: Steffer from Ontario, Ca: "OMG!!!! The Peroxide remedy was a hit for my 3 month old Shorkie. I am so glad to have encountered this site. My puppy was cured within 20 mins. No more hack."Replies
[YEA] 09/11/2011: Fuchufoxx from Alpharetta, Ga, United States replies: "This works like magic! I think my poor AmStaff "Vegas" contracted the cough at the vet yesterday, and she was so miserable because she couldn't stop coughing and gagging. I kept giving her honey to sooth her throat. The honey would work for an hour or so, but then the coughing would start up again. I thought I was going to have to take her to vet today again (another pet bill) until I stumbles across this site. After reading all of the positive feedback of giving dogs HP, I decided to give it a try. It has worked like a charm! (so far)...
I gave her the following mixture:
3 drops of 3% HP
14 oz of water
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp of lemon juice
I soaked some bread in the mixture and fed it her, and the rest is sitting in her water bowl. She has not coughed since I gave this to her. It's amazing. I wasn't expecting for it to work, but it did!
Thank you for all the posts. This has been extremely helpful me and Vegas."
10/31/2011: Leke from Ewa Beach, Hawaii replies: "What hydrogen peroxide did you use? Is it safe to use the brown bottle?"
04/26/2012: "I am also curious if you're using the food grade kind, or the regular antiseptic kind."
[WARNING!] 06/21/2012: Just One Dog from Davidsonville, Md, Us replies: "FOOD GRADE hydrogen peroxide, PLEASE! There is a lot of talk on this site about HP therapy, (used for centuries in Europe) but please recognized the significant difference between WalMart type brown bottle (because of it light reactivity) and food grade HP. There are differences (important). There is a wealth of info available out there, but please, the 3 percent drugstore variety is Not For Human Consumption, nor dogs, but topical only. The food grade stuff is not that expensive and doesn't have the stabilizers in it (which are not healthy for drinking). Food grade is typically 35 percent which needs to be significantly diluted (drops to a glass of water) but is used world wide by alternative health care experts (obviously opinions vary) and is dangerous when undiluted, but please don't just get a bottle from the drugstore and give it to your dog. Give them a chance. Get the right stuff and dilute it properly. Virtually anything in too strong a concentration (including oxygen for too long a period of time) can be toxic, so please don't kill your dog or make them more sick by not reading the necessary info on HP for animals! Used properly and diluted is not the same thing as using one clearly labelled as not for consumption at all. Good health to you!"
[YEA] 05/23/2010: Ellen from Arlington, Tx, Usa: "Hydrogen peroxide for canine cough
I have an elderly female dog. She has been coughing more and more often in the last few days. It sounded like kennel cough to me. She had it many years ago when we first got her. Today the cough was almost constant. I looked at her gums to make sure her color was good since sometimes a bad cough can indicate congestive heart failure. Her gums looked pink and healthy. Her appetite was good and she seemed in good spirits.But that horrible "barking" cough wasn't letting up. After reading what people on here recommended, I mixed up a half a teaspoon of honey and a sqeeze of fresh lemon juice into a small amount of warm water until the honey dissolved. Then I added more cold water until I had 8 ounces of the mixture. Then I added 3 drops of regular, (not food grade) 3% hydrogen peroxide. I then saturated a small piece of bread(that was the size of a soda cracker)with the mixture and fed it to her. It has been 3 hours and I have not heard her cough once. I will repeat the dose late tonight and make a fresh batch tomorrow. Thank you SO MUCH Earth Clinic and all who have shared their remedies and experiences. My family and our pets are all so much healthier and happier since I found this website!"Replies
07/02/2010: Gypsy from Missoula, Mt replies: "My dog picked up KC at doggie daycare and my vet was kind enough to just provide antibiotics and cough syrup without a visit (she had just been in 5 weeks ago for unrelated matter). She has had KC before, but this seems a more severe case. Just started her antibiotics last night and found this site. My question is this - can I try the hydrogen peroxide/water/honey solution while she is on the antibiotics? Thanks!"
[NAY] 07/04/2010: Teresa from Swansea, South Carolina replies: "We just recently bought a pomeranian from a breeder and 2 days later a female jack russell from an individual. The Pom had Kennel cough we were unaware, it has now been passed to the jack russell. We have been to the vet and the medicine is NOT working! So we tried this remedy, the peroxide, IS NOT WORKING. we have given it 2 days of using every 12 hours with the meds from the vet as well..I am at my wits end."
[YEA] 04/19/2010: Michael from Rincon, Georgia: "We have two Chocolate Labs, Molokai and Konohika. One had a bad kennel cough and the other seemed ok. We used 8 oz of water with 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide and 1 teaspoon of honey, 3 times a day. Unbelieavable how well this worked. We gave it to both of them the first day and then just Molokai from then on. It took only two days and the cough was pretty much gone and after 5 days it was competely gone. Thanks to all for the great posts."Replies
12/23/2013: Newfosternyc from New York, Ny replies: "The new 1year old yorkie I'm fostering seems to be exhibiting Kennel Cough symptoms. At day 2, he was having a hacking cough attack approx 10 min after eating (last only a few secons). Seemed to be okay during the day but definitely lethargic like other symptoms noted on this forum. in the evenings, he was prone to more frequent, but smaller hacking fits (which thankfully don't last long for his sake). I didn't want to go the traditional antibiotic route due to his size and unknown history.
After reading about the hydrogen peroxide option (I have the 35% grade), I diluted 3tsps of H2o2 in 8oz of water with a little bit of honey - cut a few small pieces of bread and soaked the bread in a few tsps of the mixture, then mixed the bread with his lunch. I was excited after all of the other reviews on here, but the poor little guy threw up his lunch shortly after eating. :(
I see one of the h202 uses is also an emetic, so perhaps the solution wasn't diluted enough? (Or maybe this mixture is not suitable for small dogs?)
A few hours later, he's been resting most of the day (and will get up for hugs and pets), but will go back to his blanket to rest. He had a few hacking spells but they didn't last long.
Any other suggestions? I'm aware of the pneumonia precautions with KC as well as trachea issues with Yorkies.
Since he travelled far (shelter/kennel in either GA or SC) to NYC, I want to be sure he's taken care of properly (and believe me, he's getting LOADS of TLC and Love :))
Thank you, all."
12/24/2013: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Newfoster mom in NYC!
It has been years since I had to deal with KC; the symptoms look like the dog is trying to cough a bone out of its lungs - its a deep cough.
I have not used this remedy myself. However it would appear you did not give the correct dose of food grade hydrogen peroxide. You mixed three tablespoons [1.5 ounces] in to 8 oz of water, and then soaked the bread in this stronger concentration; it would appear you dosed to induce vomitting, hence your result.
Mix 1 ounce of the 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide into 11 ounces of distilled water to obtain at 3% solution.
Then take 8 oz of water with 3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and 1 teaspoon of honey, 3 times a day.
Also consider homeopathic remedies for your lil guy; many whole food coops and health food stores carry pediatric preparations that are both gentle and effective.
Good luck and let us know how your foster boy does! "
12/26/2013: Om from Hope Bc Canada replies: "The remedy for kennel cough is DROSSERA 30C . Research online. Om"
04/14/2010: Dora from San Antonio, Texas: "I have a beagle "annie" with a cough. I read about the 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide and honey and I also read about the pedialyte. Could I mix the hydrogen peroxide and honey with the pedialyte? Has anyone tried that?"
[YEA] 03/29/2010: Chuck from S. Milwaukee, Wi: "Hi.I have a 4 year old Lab (Truman) that came down with kennel cough. He also had a fever. I tried using the Honey water and hydrogen peroxide(3%) and it really worked. He coughed just a bit in the morning and when he got excited but after just two and a half days his cough was 99% gone. I also gave him 2 low dose aspirin twice for the fever. I put 3 drops of HP in 14 oz. of water and 1 tea spoon of honey. The first day, worst day he was sick I also dipped a piece of bread in the water/HP mix and it stopped the cough immediately. Truman weighs 90Lbs.
Thanks so much, GREAT website, Great home remedy."