Last Modified on May 21, 2016
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.
Remedies for Kennel Cough
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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!
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Posted by Ellen (Fort Bragg, Ca) on 09/05/2009
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.
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Posted by Angela (Sacramento, California) on 02/03/2013
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.
Posted by Mama To Many(Tennessee) on 02/24/2015
We had two calves that came to the farm rather sickly. They developed a cough and runny nose. They sounded awful! I made them a bucket of herbal tea each day.
Here is the recipe:
Bring 5 quarts of water to boil. Remove from heat.
Add 1/4 cup each of dried leaves of the following:
Cover. Let steep (with no extra heat) for 2 hours. Strain out the leaves. Stir in 1/2-3/4 cups of blackstrap molasses. When the tea is warm (a comfortable drinking temperature) but not hot, feed to calves. My calves loved it, in fact, they fought over it.
Here is a video of it:
The calves "shared" one bucket of tea each day. I did this for about 2 weeks. The best part is that the cough and runny nose did clear up! And the calves and I became friends. :)
~Mama to Many~
Posted by Bill Munro (Michigan) on 11/20/2008
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!
Posted by Faething (Appleton, Wi) on 12/26/2009
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.
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Posted by Dogwood (Thousand Oaks, Ca) on 05/13/2014
Recently rescued a mastiff mix from a shelter - a week later she started a bad cough with discharge from her eyes and nose. Used this HP/honey/lemon recipe (3 drops Food Grade 3% HP, tsp organic honey, small squeeze fresh lemon) administered every 4 hours - she stopped coughing within 20 min, discharge cleared up in a day. However, the rest of the dogs started coughing - administered it to them with a turkey baster two times and they stopped coughing within minutes - all but one stopped coughing/sneezing entirely after the 2nd dose. (I'll post separately my continued problems with remaining dog.) The properties of this particular recipe appears to be quite effective.
Posted by Samson (Spring Valley, California) on 10/31/2011
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!
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Posted by Aims (Kelowna, British Columbia) on 11/05/2014
I have an old retriever who picked up a case of Kennel Cough. I started using Honey, Food Grade Peroxide, Lemon and Distilled Water and her cough seems to have almost gone. I was just wondering how long I can keep this process up, and if anybody knows how many drops are allowed for a dog per day. Right now she gets 3 drops in her water with about 2 cups of water. It has definitely helped but I wasn't sure how long it is safe to carry this on. Thank you, Amy
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Posted by Noelle1000 (Elkhorn, Ne, Usa) on 07/24/2013
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.
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Posted by Jackie (Clifton, Nj) on 05/21/2013
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.
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Posted by Rhonda (Ephrata, Pa) on 10/26/2012
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!
Posted by Ninemmruger (Thorn Hill, Tn, Usa) on 01/08/2011
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
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Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx, Usa) on 05/23/2010
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!
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