Treating Kennel Cough

Treating kennel cough is actually a lot easier than most people seem to think. Kennel cough, for anyone who doesn't know, is a viral infection that spreads through the mucus of an infected animal.

It's very similar to the common cold for humans, and just like a cold will spread like wildfire through a school or workplace, kennel cough will rapidly transmit from dog to dog in a crowded area, such as a kennel.

There are a lot of options for a dog owner when it comes to treating kennel cough, and it's easy to find most of the kennel cough treatments right in your own kitchen if you have the right kind of dog first aid knowledge available to you.

Essentially, there are three extremely effective kennel cough remedies, and they can be used either separately or, for maximum effect, all at once. It's important to note that if you plan to use the garlic remedy you need to make sure your dog isn't allergic to garlic.

A lot of people are of the opinion that garlic is toxic to dogs, but this is only true if there's an underlying allergy there.

The same is true with onions, and rather than leave anything up to chance you should put your dog through a series of allergy tests before doing anything that might jeopardize his health even further. And now, without further ado, here are the three best ways of treating kennel cough.

The first, and arguably most effective, method is hydrogen peroxide. You can find 3% hydrogen peroxide at just about any pharmacy in the country.

To use it, use an eyedropper and put no more than three drops in your dog's water bowl. This alone should be enough to counteract most of the symptoms of kennel cough. It's important that you use an eyedropper for this, because if you just try to pour it out you might end up using too much.

Hydrogen peroxide isn't especially toxic to dogs, but you always want to avoid using excess whenever possible.

Some people have good luck with just using a capful, but this might change the taste enough that your dog will shy away from drinking it.

The second remedy is lemon and honey in the dog's water. Just like humans usually drink lemon honey tea for colds, dogs can benefit from doing it as well. The trick is to avoid using too much lemon juice in the water because your dog might not drink it that way.

Sometimes you might have to crumble a doggy treat into the water to mask the taste, and that's perfectly all right. Typically a ratio of one teaspoon of each lemon and honey in a gallon of water works well.

Finally, you can use garlic (again, only after getting allergy tests). Put either garlic pills or fresh cloves into your dog's meals for at least a week if you want to see results. If your dog won't eat fresh cloves, blend them up with some beef broth to mask the taste.

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