Kennel cough is an infectious upper respiratory condition that is spread through airborne mucus particles from one dog to another.
The bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria most commonly form it, though any bacteria or virus that causes the same or similar symptoms is usually just labeled simply as kennel cough.
Because there are so many possible different causes of kennel cough, there are a lot of different possible cures as well.
You may know that viruses and bacteria need different types of medicines in order to be treated.
Antibiotics will kill off bacteria, but have no effect whatsoever on a virus. The opposite is true for an antiviral medication; it will kill the virus but leave teeming bacteria untouched.
Doctors have found that many times, kennel cough will be caused by a dual infection of both bacteria and viruses; when a virus enters the dog's system the immune system spends all its resources fighting the virus off, leaving everything open for bacteria to move in uncontested.
For this reason, you need to keep several different types of cures for kennel cough in your dog first aid kit, and you need to pay special attention to your dog if you are planning to send him to a boarding kennel in the near future.
One of the best all around cures for kennel cough is, surprisingly, something which you can find in your kitchen on a daily basis: garlic. Garlic has both antibiotic and antiviral properties, and it is a potent immune system booster that will give your dog the extra push he needs to get rid of kennel cough once and for all.
Pre-loading your dog with garlic before taking him to a kennel is also an excellent preventative measure that can keep him from getting sick in the first place.
You may be one of the many dog owners who have heard that garlic is actually toxic to dogs.
There's a lot of controversy surrounding this issue, but the truth is that your dog will only have a negative reaction to garlic if he is allergic to it. Otherwise, it's incredibly healthy for dogs with no side effects.
Of course, if your dog is allergic it can be very dangerous, so make sure you get an allergy test before starting your dog on an anti-kennel cough garlic regimen. You don't want to take any chances with your dog, so if you're uncertain in any way just skip the garlic altogether. There are plenty of other cures for kennel cough that you can make use of.
To use the garlic, make a soup with organic broth, a few boiled vegetables, and three or four cloves of fresh garlic. Put them all in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Then, just pour it on top of your dog's regular dry dog food. If you serve canned food, mix it in until it's all the same consistency.
Here is another cure for kennel cough.