Natural Remedies to Treat Kennel Cough in Dogs

Hydrogen Peroxide

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Posted by Rhonda (Ephrata, Pa) on 10/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!

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Posted by Trish (Anderson, California) on 12/29/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

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Posted by Bill (Seffner, Fl) on 12/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Replied by Vickie
(Pittston, Pa)
5 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Stephanie
5 out of 5 stars

I just rescued a 60+ lb border collie/newfoundland mix yesterday and he was up all night coughing and hacking up mucus. I just tried this about 45 min ago and he only coughed about 2x right after giving it. Since then- not a peep! He's finally getting some rest. Hopefully my Aussie won't get it!

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Posted by Fuchufoxx (Alpharetta, Ga, United States) on 09/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Rivera07 (Tucson, Az) on 08/11/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I just used 3 drops of peroxide method for my 3 dogs, lab, pit bull, and a rott and I am amazed at how much better they are doing. My pittie was really bad and he actually can get up and walk around without hacking. Thank you for everyone's input on this website it helped me. There is no way I can afford 3 vet bills and 3 dogs on antibotics right now.

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Posted by Pastor Scott (Nashua, Nh) on 08/09/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Ryan (Sylacauga, Al) on 07/28/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Anne
(Chipping Norton, United Kingdom)

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?


Replied by Linda
(San Tan Valley, Az)
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Anne
(Chipping Norton, United Kingdom)
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks Linda, I think it is working, she is so much better. I am going to spread the word!


It will if you use it at 6% I believe but not 3%. just by adding 3 drops to their water bowl is fine- I do it all the time whenever they're looking sick- dogs, cats, chickens- all. (including myself) ;)

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Posted by Rosalind (Grand Prairie, Tx) on 06/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

Thanks to all of you. I picked my Yorkie up from the Kennel after being on vacation for a week and noticed that she had runny nose, coughing and feeling miserable. I begin to search for answers to why she maybe coughing. I am so "GLAD" I found this site. I've used the remedies you all have suggested and it's working. Honey, lemon juice, 3% hydrogen peroxide.... Wow... This is amazing. I was going to take her to the Vet and probably spend tons of money. You all are awesome and I thank GOD that you have shared "ALL" of the remedies with us. I've wrote them "ALL" down and will share with those who has experienced what we all have gone through. GOD bless you all! Shyla (my yorkie) is much happiers now!

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Posted by Steffer (Ontario, Ca) on 12/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Teresa (Swansea, South Carolina) on 07/04/2010
1 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Ellen (Arlington, Tx, Usa) on 05/23/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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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Posted by Michael (Rincon, Georgia) on 04/19/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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 3% 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.

Replied by Newfosternyc
(New York, Ny)

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.

Replied by Theresa
(Mpls., Mn)

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.

Try this:

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!

Replied by T.j.
(Silverdale Wa)

Three tsp of 35% food grade is way too much. Should have been three drops.

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Something must be a typo - 35% HP should NEVER be ingested! HP is caustic. If you get it on your fingers it will make the skin go white. It will turn back to normal in about 10 minutes but you wouldn't want to do that to the insides!!!! 35% food grade HP has to be diluted, 1 part to 11 parts water. And do not take the stuff you get in the brown bottles from the pharmacy/supermarket, that is not for consumption as it has toxic stabilizers in it. A little caution, please! HP is wonderful but one must be careful with doses in this especially. It really is a great thing to know about Hydrogen Peroxide - miraculous!

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Posted by Chuck (S. Milwaukee, Wi) on 03/29/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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Posted by Leslie (Longmont, Colorado) on 02/13/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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 !!

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Posted by Jerry (Stafford, Va) on 02/07/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

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