Kennel Cough Care

One of the most important aspects of kennel cough care is immediate treatment.

Kennel cough resembles the common cold in humans in a lot of different ways, and just like a cold it will be much easier to get rid of if you take steps to treat it immediately, within 24 hours of first seeing the kennel cough symptoms.

If you allow it to get a firm foothold in your dog's windpipe it could stick around for weeks, even months, and some older dogs will eventually die from nothing more than this constant, slow onslaught on their immune system.

Kennel cough starts out with a very dry, loud cough.

It can appear without warning and without any other symptoms for the first few days, and for that reason a lot of dog owners tend to ignore it at first.

There are plenty of dogs that naturally cough and sneeze quite a bit, even when they're healthy, so you might not notice the different in the coughing right away unless you pay attention.

If you do pay attention though, it won't be hard to distinguish a kennel cough from a normal cough.

Kennel cough will sound more like a honking noise, and will be drier and raspier. Normal coughs are sometimes described as a “backwards sneeze,” especially in small dog breeds.

In fact, there's no better kennel cough care than preventative care.

This might sound pedantic and obvious at first, but when you think about it how many steps do you take on a daily basis to boost your dog's immune system and keep him safe from germs and disease?

You should keep a supply of multivitamins and vitamin C in your dog first aid kit to give to your dog on a regular basis. Most pets don't receive anything close to adequate nutrition from their commercially prepared dog food, and unless you have the time and budget to use organic or home prepared meals, the only thing you can you is supplement your dog's food with some extra antioxidants and vitamins.

You can give your dog a chewable vitamin C once a day, and that alone should be enough to keep most infections at bay.

A good home remedy for kennel cough if you are planning to put your dog into a kennel or another area that could expose him to kennel cough is to start putting garlic in his food up to a week before sending him there.

Always get your dog checked for a garlic allergy first, but most dogs should have no trouble tolerating it. Garlic will pre-load your dog's immune system to fight off any foreign invaders.

You can also add extra garlic to his food for the week after you bring him home from the kennel.

Kennel cough care does not have to be difficult. It's mostly a matter of taking a few extra steps to prevent it from happening, and then learning to recognize the first warning signs if your dog does catch kennel cough. A little extra care will go a long way.

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