Kennel cough is also known as bordetella bronchiseptica. It is an airborne virus signified by a deep, dry cough, gagging and sneezing. If left untreated, kennel cough can lead to pneumonia or other serious infection. It can be treated using home remedies as long as treatment is begun with the early onset of symptoms. If symptoms persist, seek veterinary attention.
An animal suffering from kennel cough should rest as much as possible. Start by reducing the amount of exercise the dog is given. It may be difficult to keep an active dog still, but resting will give the immune system a better chance at fighting off the virus. Use a humidifier near the dog's preferred resting place; the heat and moisture may help ease the coughing.
Honey, given in small amounts three times a day, may help to ease throat irritation and coughing. If the cough becomes severe, a weak child's cough medication is an option. Avoid too much of any cough suppressant because the animal needs to be able to cough up mucus.
Building up the dog's immune system is essential when he is suffering from kennel cough. Give him a daily dose of vitamin C, between 250mg and 500mg, depending on the size of the dog. A clove of garlic daily is a natural antibiotic. Mince the garlic and add it to the dog's food if he is eating well. It may be necessary to give the clove orally like a pill if feeding it is not an option. If you are not already giving him daily vitamins, now is a good time to start. Having all the necessary vitamins may go a long way toward helping him fight off a virus. Echinacea may also help to build up a weakened immune system.
Never smoke around pets, but it is especially important before the cough has subsided. Smoke will irritate his already weakened throat and nasal passages.
Some herbal remedies are also useful in treating kennel cough. Bryonia, which is also known as white hops, is made from the root of the plant and is used to treat a dry cough and dryness in the mouth and throat.
Dulcamara is used to treat excessive amounts of phlegm due to respiratory infections such as bronchitis. If the dog is having trouble coughing up mucus, dulcamara may be useful. It is also labelled as woody nightshade.