Cure Kennel Cough with Natural Remedies

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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.

Bee Propolis and Honey

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Posted by Maggie (Idaho) on 12/03/2019 34 posts
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Bee propolis extract / honey paste cured my little dog of what seemed to be a terrible cold with hacking cough, blocked up nose and gagging. She didn't want to eat and kept getting worse and worse. I tried a lot of home remedies but nothing seemed to work. I finally tried the bee propolis / honey paste and within 2 hours she was a lot better. Gave her another dose and after another couple of hours she was running and wanting to eat and had stopped coughing and could breathe easily. I couldn't believe it worked so fast. Every now and then she'd cough so I continued to give her the mixture a few more times and she's well now. What I gave her was between 1/8 -1/4 teaspoon of the bee propolis / honey paste mixed with some water that had been mixed with some canned food that I knew she liked. I strained the water / dog food mixture so I could mix it with the propolis paste and use a syringe without the needle to give it to her. The water with the canned dog food has to be strained or else the syringe will clog up. She was so sick and not wanting to eat that I had to use the syringe to get it in her because I knew she wouldn't take it on her own. After she started feeling better, I just put the propolis in her food and she ate it, didn't have to use the syringe. I was so surprised to see her feel better after only 2 hours after taking the propolis. Now I keep a jar on hand at all times.

Colloidal Silver and Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Ria (Washington, Dc) on 06/19/2016
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I have male rescue pit bull (about 5 years old) about 60 pounds, that came to me from a shelter. At the time I was fostering another pit bull.

The rescue had a terrible cough when he came to me and promptly spread it to the other dog. I used colloidal silver ( a couple of capfuls) in each of their full water bowls along with about a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. It cleared up within a month as I recall. I've had him a couple of years now and no recurrence. The foster has been returned to his owner and she has not had any further problems either.


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Posted by Tucson_arizona (Tucson, Arizona, U.s.a.) on 05/16/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Dana
(Spartanburg, Sc)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Joanne
(Las Vegas, Nv)
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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.

Replied by Stellasmommy
(Seattle, Pnw)

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.

Replied by Debbie
(Dallas, Tx)

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.

Replied by Nat
(Las Vegas, Nv, Usa)

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.

Replied by Jay

This has been found to be untrue. This statement came from a single study done in japan on four dogs. Think again.

Replied by Louellen
(Fremont, Ohio)

Don't Treat Kennel Cough With Human Remedies Unless Cleared By Your VetRe; G

I realize this is an old thread but, I wanted to add my 2 cent's worth, if there is such a thing. ;) Dogs are NOT HUMAN and therefore, what works well in a human's system, doesn't go well in a dog's body. Garlic may be one of them. Just because 100 people got away with giving their dogs (usually large dogs) garlic, doesn't mean it's good for them or should be given to them. We love our dogs and treat them like our children for the most part BUT when are we going too far and doing more harm than good? Our veterinarians Naturopathic or Holistic are our best guides. What we'd do for ourselves is not what we should do for our pets necessarily...though we may want to. A human cold can take up to a week, doing nothing or 7 days when we take an antibiotic or use other remedies. The same holds true for a dog (or cat) who can also get viruses. We all want to help our much loved fur babies but, stay safe. Moisture in the air (humidifier or boiling a large pot of water on the stove or taking puff ball into the bathroom with the hot water steam for 20 mins 2x's per day, chicken soup with homemade broth no onions or spices or canned with low sodium may help, rest, antibiotics if prescribed by the vet may all help your beloved Rover). But, please, please, ask your vet about things like garlic and tea tree oil etc. FIRST. Don't just self-dose no matter what others have done and been lucky with doing.

Replied by Eve
5 out of 5 stars

My dad gave our dogs a garlic pill per day to keep fleas and mosquitos away. He did this for 13 and 16 yrs...that's how long our dogs lived.

Never had any illnesses.

Replied by Gemma
5 out of 5 stars

Our VET suggested garlic in low doses, as other vets we have seen through the years. High doses are toxic, just like high doses of other meds. But our vet suggested garlic for the dogs and he is not a holistic vet.

Garlic, Echinacea

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Posted by Ellen (Fort Bragg, Ca) on 09/05/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Ninemmruger
(Thorn Hill, Tn)

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?

Replied by Lisa
(Albuquerque, Nm)
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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.)

Replied by Leah
(Sacramento, Ca)
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Please do NOT use any remedies at home unless you have checked with a vet or clinic especially human tablets , for cold, cough, rashes or allergies. TEA TREE oil can kill dogs, a vet from in Citrus Heights on confirmed this by giving my friend documents of this warning NOT to use. Hydrocortisone for dogs are available at Walmart. Be very very careful trying anything on your dog---doublecheck with a Vet Clinic or google "Is garlic safe for dogs"? you will see many responses from different sources, so if you see one single NO--garlic, onions, tomato sauce, strawberry ( cause allergic reactions to many dogs), among others-- pls don't use any of it. Your dogs will suffer. So don't. Their lives and safety are far more precious than your experimenting on them.Pls do not use tea tree oil AT ALL. In short, risks aren't worth crossing for your pets' life. Also google "Foods not good for dogs, "Plants not good for dogs..."

Herbal Tea for Calves

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Posted by Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 02/24/2015
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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:

  • hyssop
  • comfrey
  • mullein

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:

Calves Fighting over Herbal Tea

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~


Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey MTM!

The remedy makes so much sense, and the video is AWESOME!

Thanks for sharing!!!

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Theresa,

Thank you for being so encouraging!

It is always a pleasure to see your positive, caring, and helpful posts for people needing help with their animals. I know that so many have been blessed in many ways by your posts! Thanks for all you do!

~Mama to Many~

Homeopathic Remedies

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!

Replied by Evonne
(Goshen, Ohio)

I'd use a 6x or 6c for pets or children. Don't be afraid of using the 12x or 12c if that's all you can find. Be sure to read up on how to use the remedies. You don't dose if they are responding. Seems counterintuitive compared to modern medicine.

Replied by Monica
(Anmore, Bc)

My Drocera label says Boiron Drocera 30ch on the dispenser & 4 g so how much would I give for a 10 lb dog please anyone? I also believe her cough is a result of the meds (Florinef) she must take for her Addison's disease, which I believe is a result of the rabies shot. No more vaccines for me, a very hard lesson learned. :(

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Monica!

You can follow the directions on the Boiron bottle for dosage.

I do have a concern when I read your post: dogs can cough for many reasons and coughing is not a reported side effect for Flourinef. Coughing is a sign of a collapsed trachea, common for some breeds of small dogs, and it is also a sign of congestive heart failure. You might consider taking your dog to the vet for further diagnosis if the homeopathic remedy provides no relief.

Honey and Lemon

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Posted by Faething (Appleton, Wi) on 12/26/2009
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Sheana
(Ewa Beach, Hawaii, Usa)

How do you get the right dosage for the use of Robitusson DM? Please get back to me at your earliest convenience....thank you :)

Replied by Annette 805
(Lompoc, Ca)
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Bruce Lee
(Houston, Texas, United States)

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

Replied by Lcmrockets
(Austin, Tx)

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!!

Replied by Cindy
(Lewiston, Maine)

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.

Replied by Daniela
(West Chester, Pa)

I am fostering a 4 weeks old puppy. She started coughing. Cam I give her lemon juice and honey ? How much?

Replied by Manuela
(Alhambra, Ca, Usa)

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

Replied by Noreen
(Charleston, Sc)

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.

Replied by Barbaraanne
(Philadelphia, Pa, Usa)

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.


Replied by Rhinebeckdude
(Rhinebeck, Ny)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Dropsofpluto
(Lachute, Quebec)

My dog has what seems to be a kennel cough. I am making him some fruit snacks and juices high in vitamin c. I decided to try the lemon and honey mixture but he won't drink it when I tell him. Am I supposed to just leave it in his bowl for him to drink?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Dropsofpluto!

Ideally you would dose your pet via a syringe or dropper by tipping his head back and inserting the syringe in the pocket of his cheek at the back of his mouth and then depressing the plunger slowly to allow him to swallow.

Replied by Carole H.
(Surrey, UK)
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My dog who is 14 years old started to cough and sneeze and had a runny nose. It started after I had taken him to the local park. I looked on an internet site and the symptoms he had sounded like hayfever. He did have the same problem the same time last year. I have been giving him some honey and lemon cough mixture without any additives and this week he is much improved glad to say the cough has gotten less and the other symptoms have nearly gone. I never knew dogs could get hayfever but it seems they can.

Replied by Wendy
(Columbus, Oh)

The coughing and sneezing may be the canine flu! Or kennel cough. Either way, you need to take him to the vet immediately, and keep him away from other animals since the flu is contagious.

Replied by Ernestine
(Cleveland, Ohio)

What is the right amount of robertussin dm to give your dog?

Honey, Hydrogen Peroxide, Lemon Juice

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Posted by Dogwood (Thousand Oaks, Ca) on 05/13/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Amanda
(United Kingdom)
1 out of 5 stars

My dog Is coughing more after honey and lemon mixture whereas I was using concentrated orange juice before. what should I do I'm worried sick pls help

Honey, Hydrogen Peroxide, Lemon Juice
Posted by Samson (Spring Valley, California) on 10/31/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Margaret
(Fort Worth, Tx)

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?

Replied by Monique
(Virginia Beach, Va)
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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?

Replied by Bellasmom
(Medford, Oregon, United States)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Rosemarie
(Waikato, Nz)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Katie

2 days ago a friend found an older small dog near the woods next to her house he jumped in her car so she just went ahead and let him go with her. She ended up having to go to Texas for 3 days and I fear he has kennel cough. I want to try the Hydrogen peroxide ( walmart bought) treatment but we don't have honey only maple syrup and we don't have lemon juice is it OK with just the water hydrogen peroxide and some syrup?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Katie!

If all you have access to is the maple syrup I see no harm in giving it a go!

Good luck and please report back!

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by DL (Cali) on 09/26/2019
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My elderly dog (60 pounds) got kennel cough for the first time from the vet exactly 5 days after going there to get vaccination boosters, including one for kennel cough! I added a few drops of 3% peroxide to his food, mixed with water, and he stopped coughing within about 48 hours. However, I didn't keep up the peroxide and the cough came back.. After a week of this, I took him back to the vet who told me, "Yes, it's possible he caught it here" and that it can take up to 2 weeks for it to run its course, maybe longer for older dogs. He ended up giving me antibiotics since my dog also had a runny nose and I was about to go out of town and leave a coughing dog with my dog sitter. The antibiotics kicked his healing into high gear and he stopped coughing the next day. So I like the peroxide remedy for kennel cough but recommend to definitely keep it up for a few days after symptoms disappear.

I think if one of my dogs gets kennel cough in the future, I'll try the peroxide, honey and fresh lemon juice remedy that I just read about in posts here on EC.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Louise (Fl) on 04/24/2017
5 out of 5 stars

Tried the hydrogen peroxide method on my golden Retriever,, stopped her cough within minutes. Amazing.. thank you

EC: Hi Louise, Thanks for your feedback. Can you please tell us more about the remedy, ie., what percentage of h202, how many drops did you add to her water dish, etc.

Replied by Louise

2 or 3 drops.

Replied by Beverley
(United Kingdom, London)

Can you let me know how to make this remedy as my dog has a bad cough and it won't stop it's quite upsetting to see him coughing can you help?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Beverly,

Kennel cough *looks like* your dog is trying to cough up a lung, or as if a bone is stuck in their throat. You might consider a homeopathic children's cough remedy, and you might try hydrogen peroxide - food grade is ideal but if you have the brown bottle from the drug store in your medicine cabinet you can use 3 drops on a bit of bread with a few drops of honey. Give a spiked bread ball once an hour and wait and see if it is working. Other reasons for a dog to cough are congestive heart failure and collapsed trachea. If the coughing persists despite home treatment you should see your vet to rule out a more serious condition.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Aims (Kelowna, British Columbia) on 11/07/2014

I have used honey lemon and Peroxide mixture and it worked so good for my 13 1/2 year old Retriever. I was just wondering how long I can continue using Peroxide on her for since I have seen a huge improvement since using it.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Aims (Kelowna, British Columbia) on 11/05/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Blanca
(Long Beach, Ca)

Hi, I'm very interested in trying this home remedy for my 11 lb doggie. he's 14yo has an enlarged heart and taking "vetmedin" for this. this has caused another problem (gagging cough )for which he has been on "tussigon". IT works! However it is too expensive so Id like the exact portions or proportions of water, honey and food grade hydrogen peroxide so that I can try it out. Thanks so much!

(Duncan, Sc)

Hello, I have 2 dogs on Tussegon and you are right. It is very expensive.

I did find that if you get the GoodRx app and sign up it will cut the cost in half. All pharmacies honor the GoodRx card and the app will tell you where you can get the medicine the cheapest.

It does work great with our maltese who has a cough due to heart disease.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Blanca!

Just an FYI - the gagging cough that the tussigon treats is very different than the cough caused by the kennel cough [viral/bacterial infection].

'Kennel cough' is a complex of infections—both viral and bacterial—that causes inflammation of the dog's voice box and windpipe. It's a form of bronchitis and is similar to a chest cold in humans.

The Tussigon that you are using to treat the side effect coughing from the vetmedin, is an anticholinergic and narcotic cough suppressant combination. The anticholinergic works by drying up secretions and the narcotic depresses the cough reflex in the brain.

These are two very different treatments for two very different kinds of coughing; using the honey/hp to treat your dog's cough may at best have no effect - and at worst cause him suffering and worsen his condition and quality of life for lack of an effective remedy.

Replied by Southernstar
(Smoky Mountains Of Tennessee)

I noticed that this post was originally started by an individual in British Columbia. The original post made reference to Food Grade Peroxide. From this I make the assumption there is a difference between H2O2 I would find in on the drug store isle and grocery store isle. Is this true in USA as well? If not, what isle at my local grocery should I look for Food Grade Peroxide or should I be planning a trip to health food store?

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

Hey Southernstar!

There are two main differences between the drug store hydrogenperoxide and the food grade that I have found - strength/dilution and pureness. The drugstore kind is typically a 3% dilution and has stabilizers to give it a longer shelf life - so impure. The food grade is pure and usually highly concentrated 15% or higher.

It is ideal to use the food grade because it is pure, and to dilute it to 3% or even 1% for oral use or taking in small doses as you would for kennel cough. That said plenty of folks have used the drug store kind orally with good result and no apparent ill effects **in small doses**. Again, ideal to use the food grade though it may require some searching to locate it, but in a pinch folks have used the easier to locate 3% impure-due-to-stabilizers drug store stuff.

Replied by Mama To Many

Dear Southern Star,

I don't think most health food stores stock food grade hydrogen peroxide. Many, many people use the stuff from the drug store in the brown bottle for medicinal purposes. We do. I had some food grade, but it is actually quite dangerous if you don't know how to dilute properly so I gave it away. It made me nervous.

~Mama to Many~

Replied by Dee

I thought hydrogen peroxide will induce vomiting?

Replied by Michelle K.

My dog has an enlarged heart as well. Cough tablets for dogs and cats by creative works! You can order it from Amazon without a prescription. I also use young at heart and lung gold by Pet wellbeing along with CoQ10.

Replied by Vicky

It's fine. You store it away from children when its undiluted form. You mix it to 3% or 6% (for teeth-mouthwash etc) and keep this in a spray bottle- that's what I do, I inhale a fine mist of it 4 times a day because I'm a smoker, I use it as a mouthwash daily, I spray it on cat bites (I'm an animal rescuer) spry it on any and every wound- and any wounds my animals get because it stops infections and takes away a lot of the pain. I drink 4 drops a day in a glass of water because it kills parasites and put 3 drops in my dogs cats and birds water whenever they're sick- to kill germs and infections and parasites. It's always the first thing I go to. There is so much information online about all it can do you should research. MUST be FOOD GRADE and must be diluted for use- that's all ;)

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Noelle1000 (Elkhorn, Ne, Usa) on 07/24/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Caleb

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.

Replied by Sean
(Norwalk, CT)

I dont know what h202 is please I need help. I've been to vets and only giving me bs.

EC: H202 = Hydrogen Peroxide

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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.

Replied by Evelyn
(Rhode Island)

I know this post is old but I had to comment on how you "shot" the solution into your dog's mouth. The proper way to give an animal any liquid from a syringe is to fill the syringe and put it inside the cheek (between the teeth and cheek) and slowly squirt the solution in. Otherwise the animal may aspirate the solution into the lungs. I lost an animal that way.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Posted by Jackie (Clifton, Nj) on 05/21/2013
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Lisa
(Austin, Tx)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Saveza
(Madera, Ca)

Was just wondering what amount of each did she use for her Pomeranian I have a 12 year old miniature poodle who just got kennel cough so I wanted to try it.

Replied by Suseeq

Saveza, have you thought of colloidal silver for mini poodle? Dosage is 10 mls 3x a day for 3 days then 2 xd ay until cough is gone.

Replied by Suseeq
(Sydney Australia)

Saveza, if you still want to use the hydrogen peroxide, the dosage is 3 drops to 8 oz water in drinking water but the water must be changed about every 4 hours as the peroxide looses its effectiveness, only use 3% peroxide.