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- General Feedback
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- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Maple Syrup
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- Oregano Oil
- Remedies Needed
- Rosehips, Lemon, Honey, Garlic
- Vitamin C
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[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."
[YEA] 12/26/2009: Susan from Sacramento, Ca: "Wow. Our six year old rescue dog came down with Kennel Cough two days after we got her. (Not a bad case, she was still eating etc. - otherwise we would have been off to the vet), BUT we did the 3 drops of Hydrogen Peroxide (regular not foodgrade) and a teaspoon of honey mixed into a large glass of water. MIRACLE stuff. No coughing that night completely gone by next day... I have NEVER tried a homeopathic remedy before. But with all the positive posts thought we'd give it a try - amazing."Replies
01/21/2010: Breoghan from Wichita, Ks replies: "WOW!!! I am really surprised that the use of Hydrogen Peroxide works at all, as Hydrogen Peroxide is the remedy for dogs to make them vomit. That is right, Hydrogen Peroxide to a dog is the same as giving ipecac syrup to a human, "instant vomit". I had to use it on my dog one time because he got into some medicine and it worked just as the vet said it would, up came everything in his stomach."
01/28/2010: Destiny from Dinuba, Ca, Usa replies: "I am SO glad I found this place! Since Oct. my Doxie mix has had a dry hacking cough. She has been to the vet FOUR times, has had a number of tests, taken oodles of antibiotic, expensive cough pills and she STILL has the cough! The vet bill is outragious and my dog is STILL coughing... I'm going to try the Peroxide and honey in water! I CAN'T WAIT!! THANK YOU!"
[YEA] 02/07/2010: Jerry from Stafford, Va replies: "We recently bought our Chichuachua from the pet store and in a couple of day he develope a gagging coughing sound that really scare me an my wife. We took him to the vet and they stated that it is common amongs small dogs and told us that nothing was wrong with him during the check. They prescribe him some antibiotics for any inflamation that he may have. Well after a week of giving him the antibiotics the coughing and hacking at night continued. We where so worried about our new puppy so I decided to go online because we where loosing sleep at night with the ongoing coughing and gagging he would do at night. We found this website that mentioned the 3% Hydrogen peroxide and honey and we thought we would give it a try. Wow!!!!!! amazing we could not believe how fast it worked. No more coughing at night and our puppy sleeps though the entire night not to include us as well. If you have a small dog make sure you only mix a very small amount of Hydrogen Peroxide in a large glass of water to prevent them from vomiting. Thanks for everyones post this was really helpful and prevented us from an expensive vet bill."
02/10/2010: Tascha from Anchorage, Alaska replies: "Okay, I will be trying this remedy but what I keep seeing is 3 drops, what measurement is three drops, like a teaspoon, tablespoon, etc? I have a min pin. that weighs about 10-12 pounds"
Amount : 3 drops of water (drop)
Equals : 0.03 teaspoons US (tsp , teasp)
Fraction : 3/100 teaspoons US (tsp , teasp)
02/11/2010: Lera from St Petersburg, Fl replies: "You can buy an eye dropper and bottle at most health food stores...use three drops from the dropper...I use 1 drop in 2 drops in 12 ounces of water to maintain the health of my cat and dog...many farmers who don't use hormones and antibiotics on their animals use peroxide in their drinking water to keep them free of harmful bacteria and parasites..."
[YEA] 02/13/2010: Leslie from Longmont, Colorado replies: "Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Yesterday my dog woke up sooo sick. She was coughing and had terrible mucus in her nose and I could tell she was feeling very sick. I gave her the peroxide and honey and truthfully in 5 minutes, she went outside and ran around like the puppy that she is.I know it sounds unbelievable, but I am telling the truth. I mixed a few drops of peroxide and honey and some warm water and poured it down her throat. It is now in her water dish. Thank You !!"
[YEA] 10/20/2009: Juana from Fayetteville, North Carolina: "Hydrogen peroxide: Thank you, thank you, thank you my daughters chihuahua was coughing really bad when we first got him and we were very worried about him. This really works :)"Replies
12/06/2009: Charlie from Ft. Smith, Ar replies: "I just read all the comments about hydrogen peroxide and honey but no one ever commented on whether you could use regular peroxide or if you needed the food grade. Does anyone know the answer to this? Thanks..."
12/06/2009: Jane from Pasadena, Ca replies: "Hi Charles. I have used both for my dogs. When I had food grade, I used a couple drops of that for my dog with kennel cough and he was better a day later. A few years later, after I had thrown out the old bottle of food grade and another one of my dogs was coughing (after going to vet!), I opted for drug store 3%. I think I used a capful.
I remember reading that h202 loses it's potency after a few hours in water, so you need to do a fresh new bowl of water every few hours with a few drops of h202."
05/06/2011: Rashel from Mansfield, Oh Us replies: "so.. I have a 8 months old boxer. Im trying this remdy. So she needs to drink all the 8 oz of water??"
[YEA] 10/13/2009: Wab from Fleminton, Nj: "kennel cough
WOW This is the craziest think I have ever seen. 3 drops of hydro peroxide and honey in 8 oz of water for my 15lb min pin and in less than a minute she is cured. The best part other than the cure is no 200.00 dollar bill or 40.00 prescription. Thanks"Replies
11/30/2009: Caite from South Berwick, Maine, Usa replies: "what kind of hydrogen peroxide? I just spent $150 at the doggie ER and got some antibiotics and a $40 bottle of cough syrup so I am very interested in this cure for future reference."
[YEA] 08/09/2011: Pastor Scott from Nashua, Nh replies: "Brought my dog home from a weeks stay at a kennel we've used before with great success. Even though he was vaccinated, he developed Kennel Cough (diagnosed thanks to an online vet service). Last night he was up every 45 minutes coughing until he wretched. It was a long night. about 2am I found this site and was willing to try anything for relief for my poor buddy.
I mixed a teaspoon(-ish) of honey with a half capful of Hydrogen Peroxide (standard 3% - righout out of our medicine cabinet) and a bowl of water (several cups), slightly heated to make the honey dissolve. He didn't take to it last night, but sometime this morning he started drinking it. by this evening, his cough is all but GONE! He is acting more and more like himself, albeit tired from a long hard day yesterday and last night. But he hasn't wretched all night. Praise Jesus! And thank you for this suggestion."
10/01/2009: 1handsomeman from Edmonds, Wa: "Food Grade vs Regular Hydrogen Peroxide: Is it necessary to have Food Grade Peroxide for Kennel Cough or can I use Regular Hydrogen Peroxide?"
04/22/2009: Eric from West Palm Beach, FL: "hydrogen peroxide for kennel cough: My cocker spaniel has this kennel cough , i think. i need to know exactly how to use this hydrogen peroxide,what amounts, how often etc... is it the same as in the drug store? if not ,can i dilute this? please help me asap. my dog is miserable. thank you."
[YEA] 11/21/2008: Tom from Atlanta, GA: "The hydrogen peroxide for the cough works, but I did not want to wait for my dogs to drink the water as most recommended.. Since I have 3 dogs and am aware of the cough spreading to the others so I sterilized all the water bowls and applied 3 drops of the 3% peroxide with 2 teaspoons of honey for each 8 oz. glass and filled their bowls. Then I made the same mixture in a 4 oz. glass and I took out their toothbrush and brushed their teeth gently most of the time they just kept licking the brush. All coughing stopped immediately. If any coughing continues I'll brush again."Replies
[YEA] 11/25/2008: Anna from Houston, Texas replies: "3% HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
WOW!!! I thank God for this imformation, i just read this about an hour ago and tried it, and i can not believe my ears my 13 year old little bits has not done that anoying cough im still waiting to see if im just not hearing things but i went out side he drank this thing he loves it and he has not done the cought when he sees me, he used to cough alot!!!! when he would see me, but i just can't believe that he has not done it again thank God for this information and may the Lord bless you for sharing this with us.
[YEA] 03/25/2009: June from San Pedro, Ca replies: "Ok we tried the peroxide and honey addition to the water when I had a rescue foster come into our household. I heard her sneeze and knew what was coming. I have my 4 dogs also and was really a bit worried. I added the peroxide and honey daily for a few weeks. My foster only had a mild bout with the kennel cough, my three eldest never got sick. Two had had K.C. before when I got them, one had never ever had it, she and the other two did not get it. BUT my youngest did. Sooo I guess it worked for 3 of mine and not the forth. I still would recommend giving it a try because I only had one get sick."
04/27/2009: Cbrillem from Miami, FL replies: "i have a 12lb 3 month old puppy. I didnt want to give him peroxide so i gave him half a tbsp of robbitusin DM. every 9 hrs or so. After only 2 dys he stopped coughing . I also applied honey mixed with a little lemon juice directly in his mouth everytime he started coughing too much."
EC: More info about Robitussin DM here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/dextromethorphan-robitussin-dm/page1.aspx
[YEA] 10/27/2008: Shanaex1414 from Stockton, Ca: "Thank you for your Kennel Cough hydrogen peroxide remedy!! I put just three drops of 3% peroxide in a medium-sized bowl. At first my doggie wouldn't drink it, even with honey in it, so I added more water to dilute it more - sensitive noses they've got! Then he drank it.
Well, he's coughed just a little after that but definitely no more middle-of-the-night coughing immediately after his first dose!
Then when he did cough a little from excitement or whatever, I'd have him sit, and I'd cover his nostrils, as suggested. He stopped coughing right away! A couple times, he'd stop just after I'd have him sit! :p
He even stared at me after like, "What did you do, mom? Thank you!" :)
Now I'm about to try molasses for his other main problem, separation anxiety, thanks to your website!!
God bless you for saving me vet bills!"
11/07/2008: Sarah from Harrison Twp, Mi replies: "Kennel Cough: Do you know if the peroxide also helps with runny noses? My dog now has this symptom along with the cough. We've been to the vet twice already!"
11/15/2008: Lea from Pierpont, OH replies: "With the hydrogen peroxide for the cough...does it have to be diluted in water or can I put 3 drops on food and give it to my dog? Also, is it 3 drops of 3% peroxide? My dog is a 13 year old terrier mix with a cough that he has had for quite some time. I took him to the vet thinking the worst, and even the vet thought it was his heart when he heard him cough. But after listening to his heart he said it was very strong. He gave him a shot and some pills. Although his cough did get softer/quieter, he still has it. I don't think it is kennel cough because I have 5 dogs and he is the only one with the cough. Does the peroxide treatment work for other types of coughs? Would it be safe just to try it?"
09/08/2009: Michelle from Matawan, Nj replies: "I adopted my 4-5 yr old yorkie from the shelter just over a week ago, they said he has kennel cough and the vet confirmed. He doesn't cough that much.. in the mornings and sometimes at night he has wheezing fits and brings up some mucus - which i wish they had the smarts to spit it out instead of swallowing it. other than that - he sneezes when we go outside for his walks. since this seems to be a pretty mild case, does that make him less contagious to other dogs? i read that they can "shed" the virus for months even after they have no more symptoms, so do any of these remedies lessen the time that they can actually spread KC? I don't like keeping my poor baby quarantined, i want him to stay social!"
09/29/2008: Candi from Tampa, Florida: "HELP:
I have 5 dogs, 4 are infected with Kennel Cough. PLease explain sterilizing the air with a humidifer?? I have been treating with Robitussin DM and baby aspirin. My smallest went to the vet and is on antibiotic Clavamox. She caught original virus and she is the worst. She does not want to eat. How do I do the peroxide method for small dogs?? The sickest is 4.5, I have 2 at 8 lbs. and one at 1l lbs, and one that is 12 years and weighs 12.5 lbs. but is showing no signs. I am at wits end, my vet is being unreasonable on treatment costs so I am trying to handle this alone. My lack of sleep is not helping and now I read that I can catch this in a form of respitory infection, is this true?? Any suggestions, advice or helpful hints I will gladly listen to. Thanks, Candi"
11/25/2008: Anna from Houston, Texas replies: "No i read on many sites that, human can not catch kennel cough, only animal to animal ONLY in a ENCLOSED area, and is true because i have had my dog little bits for 13 years he is a back yard dog and he has been with my other dogs and neither my self or my other dogs have caught anything."
[YEA] 07/27/2008: Judy from Bricelyn, Minnesota: "I had bought a new Chihuahua puppy and within the first few days home, he developed a deep hacking cough (kennel cough), so bad he could not sleep. He only weighed 1.9 pounds so I did not want him vaccinated or put on antibiotics, but needed to stop the cough so he could sleep. I went on the internet and found many recommedations of hydrogen peroxide in water for it. I put about 3 drops of hydrogen peroxide in about a glass of water with some honey for sweetener and to coat his throat and immediately after drinking this he stopped coughing and slept. He only hacked once or twice after that, but not near as bad as before and by the next day he was well. One of my other dogs got it the next day and I tried it with her and it did the same thing, so I put it in my dogs water for a few days and my other 2 dogs never even got it. My daughter tried it too after having her dogs to a doggy daycare for a weekend and they came home coughing. It worked just as fast for her and has not returned. It was an absolute miracle. Now she puts it in their water for about 2 weeks before going to the doggy daycare and it prevents the kennel cough. After reading your site, I now know why it works, not just that it works. Thank you."Replies
07/30/2008: Shannon from Olney, MD replies: "Where can I buy food grade hydrogen peroxide? I can only find the 3% drug store kind. I found a place to order it online but I really want to get it ASAP to try to cure my bulldogs kennel cough. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!! Thank you."
EC: Here's our "Where to Find Food Grade" page for more information: http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/hydrogen_peroxide_where_to_buy.html
[YEA] 09/01/2008: Manon from Montreal, Quebec replies: "I live near Montreal and I have found a health store where they sell food-based hydrogen peroxide (a treatment for kennel cough). The store is called Centre Ki Nature & Sante. Two different locations 1: 997 Boul St. Jean, Pointe Claire 2: 4279 St. Denis Montreal, Quebec. I tried it on my 3 month old puppy and it works."
02/11/2010: Lera from St Petersburg, Fl replies: "You can usually get it at a health food store...or a seed and feed because it is great for organic farming and maintenance of farm animals to keep them antibiotic free..."
[YEA] 02/02/2008: Rebekah from Jacksonville, fl: "Kennel cough cured! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I tried the food grade hydrogen peroxide remedy. Just to be safe I diluted it to an extreme. I put 3 drops of the mixture in Shelby's water bowl and immediately (within a 2 days) she was almost completely cured. I had gone to a vet and was prescribed some expensive medicine that did NOT work at all. This natural remedy was nothing short of amazing!"Replies
05/15/2008: Vanessa from Stuart, Forida replies: "Kennel Cough Remedies: Hi, seems to good to be truth, I started giving 3 drops on my dog's water bowl, To soon to determine if it works but now I would like to ask How long do I have to do this or it would be on a regular basis...., I really have my hopes up for this to works, it breaks my heart to see my little baby like and not be able to help her..... Thank you in advance."
09/13/2008: June from KC, KS replies: "A couple months ago a very wild stray kitten adopted us and our home. We already have 3 cats so she obviously felt very comfortable here. I've finally gotten her tamed and am able to be near her and hold her...took a couple months she was so wild. Anyway, I've noticed she has a dry cough...I'm wondering if it is heartworm but haven't yet been able to get her to the vet. (I don't usually have much luck with their "remedies" anyway.)
She arrived looking mangy and had lost all the hair off one ear, so I know she came to us with problems. Now her coat is shiny black and she is growing like a wild flower.
I'm going to treat her with h2o2 but I wondered if anyone else has successfully treated a cough in a cat?
[YEA] 01/20/2008: Aubrey from Boston, MA: "I was at a loss as to what to do for my little yorkie who was suffering from what I believed to' be kennel cough and I read others' feedback and the hydrogen peroxide really works! Within the first hour he showed a significant improvement. I also gave him a bit of honey to help ease the cough and the combination of the two have really been a life and a money saver!"
[YEA] 11/22/2007: anthony from cary, nc: "hey everyone.. i rescued a beagle named snoopy from wake county animal shelter a few months ago and when we brought him home he he would heev' and cough it was quite odd.. so i did the peroxide 3% from the store and mixed it in his water about 1 cap fulls twice a day .. after a week he was good and i have stopped the treatment the following week.. he's been great ever since.."Replies
01/10/2008: Stephanie from Dallas, Texas replies: "Hi. My comment is to Anthony with Snoopy the rescued Beagle. We have 2 Beagles (Copper and Bailey). Snoopy may also be experiencing the 'reversed sneeze'. Both of my Beagles do this every once in a awhile - it's looks like kennel cough. It's almost like they're about to vomit (heeving and coughing). As directed by a vet, you just have to hold their nose closed, making them breathe through their mouth. Sometimes I have to help Bailey open his mouth. Copper is an old pro at it. This opens the air passage that is causing the heeving by releasing the pallet that is caught in the throat. It's hard to do, but it works every time."
08/09/2009: Giuliana from Miami, Florida replies: "I have a malshi (mix of maltese and shitzu) and he has been having that weird cough like he is chocking on something and then he stops..I dont know if that can be considered kennel cough or not. He doesn't sneeze but i did notice some nasal discharge. Should I just give him the hydrogen peroxide? and just to double check...the hydrogen peroxide has to be 3% or 35%?"
[YEA] 01/13/2007: Adrienne from Tarpon Springs, FL: "I have a 14 year old white boxer who developed kennel cough and after 2 vet visits and over 400 dollars later he was getting worse. I found info about food grade hydrogen peroxide curing kennel cough so my father in law got a bottle of it at a nature store and 3 days into giving it to my dog he is 50 percent better!!! I highly recommend it but do be careful on how much you give to much can be harmful. My dog weighs about 65 pounds and I give him 3 drops in 8 tablespoons of milk 3 times a day. Good Luck!!!!"
[YEA] 05/14/2006: Joanna from Dallas: "My 12 year old dog has had an intermittant cough for some months now. It may not be a cough but an irritated throat (which is what the vet saw). Every so often he would get up from his bed making a sound as though something were stuck in his throat. This happened several times a day. I solved this problem by adding 2 drops of food grade hydrogen peroxide to his water bowl. This choking/cough stopped within a day. If I forget it comes back the next day."Replies
11/30/2011: Cel from Orange County, Ca, Usa replies: "I have a 3lb 3 month yorkie puppy and I have been to the vet twice to get medication to treat his kennel cough, nothing has worked:( I want to try the home remedy everyone is talking about but he won't willingly drink the water, any other suggestions on how I can get him to drink it, the soaking of the bread didn't interest him either. Please help:)"
[YEA] 12/09/2011: Bill from Seffner, Fl replies: "My little sister's sick dog.
1 tsp honey
1 tsp lemon
3 drops HP 3% regular stuff
about 1/4 slice of bread
Cough gone in about 45 seconds.
[YEA] 12/12/2011: Vickie from Pittston, Pa replies: "OMG I have spent over 600 dollars in vet bills trying to fix this problem that I have been dealing with for over 3 mos. And I tried this less then an hour ago and both of my dogs are not coughing anymore. Thank you so much. I also took all of their toys and washed them as well. Thanks again Vickie"
[YEA] 12/29/2011: Trish from Anderson, California replies: "Wow. Thanks to all the posters here. I have been up all night with my terrier poodle mix. She has been caughing since yesterday and nothing I have done has helped until I just gave her the honey water peroxide mix. She drank the whole 8 oz cup with one teaspoon honey and three drops HP. ( the regular kind) and she has caughed a little. But is know sleeping. Again thank you!!!"
02/23/2012: Ray from Bakersfield, California, Usa replies: "Some of the whiting rinses, like Lavoris whiting rinse has hydrogen Peroxide. I brushed my 3 month old Chocolate Lab's teeth. Seems to work for the cough."