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Kennel Cough

Kennel Cough / Bordatella

Herbal remedies for cats and dogs to help relieve dry coughs due to canine and feline kennel cough.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout the body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with other cells to provide a defense against unwanted invaders. The complexity of the immune system requires a multi-dimensional approach of nutritional factors.

Kennel cough is a highly contagious respiratory infection affecting dogs and cats, but tends to be more common amongst dogs. It ischaracterized by a dry, hacking cough and sounds as though your dog wants to clear his throat or something is stuck in the throat. Although kennel cough is very infectious and easily transmitted from dog to dog like colds are in humans, most of the time it resolves on its own.

Your dog’s overall health and wellbeing remains the same and he will still feel active and have a normal appetite. However, your dog will cough a lot, often keeping you awake at night! The coughing generally lasts from 7 to 21 days. Episodes of severe kennel cough seldom occur but if left untreated can lead to pneumonia and other respiratory complications.

The common symptoms and signs include:

Honk-like, coarse, dry cough

Large amount of foamy mucus or phlegm is produced after coughing

Retching or gagging



Kennel cough is caused by a combination bacterial and viral agents called Bordetella Bronchiseptica and Canine Parainfluenza. Other less common agents such as Adenovirus Types 1 and 2 and Mycoplasma may also cause kennel cough.

There are many different agents that can cause of tracheobronchitis. The most common are parainfluenza virus, Bordetella bronchiseptica, and mycoplasma. Canine adenovirus type 2, reovirus, and canine herpes virus are thought to possibly contribute to the disease, as well. Although any one of these organisms can cause symptoms of the disease, the majority of cases are the result of more than one organism.

This condition is transmitted when dogs are in close contact with each in an enclosed environment (kennels, dog shows or animal shelters) or through sharing food and water bowls. When a dog coughs or barks, the bacteria become airborne and if inhaled by another dog, kennel cough develops.

If your dog’s cough persists or fever, depression, abnormal nasal discharge or lung sounds are present, you should consult your vet immediately. A physical examination, chest-x-ray and complete blood count will be performed to rule out any other health complications.

Kennel cough is self-limiting and symptoms usually resolve on its own within one to two weeks without treatment. Vaccinations against kennel cough are available and are quite effective in minimizing this disorder. These annual and bi-annual vaccinations include Adenovirus type 1 and 2, Parainfluenza and Bordatella bronchiseptica and may be administered in the form of injection or nasal drops.

The nasal vaccine like the Bordetella tends to produce a higher level of immunity than the injectable vaccines. Your vet will most likely suggest an additional booster if your dog is exposed to other dogs, for instance at dog training or

Treatment includes cough suppressants for mild coughs while antibiotics may be prescribed for severe, persistent coughs accompanied with a fever and to prevent secondary bacterial infections such as pneumonia.

Herbal Products:

Herbal remedies have proven to be beneficial in providing symptomatic relief, boosting the immune system and supporting the overall health of your pet, soothing the throat, clearing congested noses and chests, acting as an immune tonic and strengthening the immune system, supporting respiratory health.

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Feed your dog an all natural, high quality diet to strengthen his immune system

Always have fresh, clean water available for your pet

Exercise your dog regularly by taking him for walks or playing fetch

Ensure that your dog is vaccinated against kennel before attending dog shows, puppy school or taking him to a boarding kennel

Keep kennels and living areas clean, dry and disinfected

Make sure that living areas are well ventilated and that there is ample air flowing through from the inside to outside

If your dog has kennel cough, do not allow him to have contact with other dogs as this increase the risk of infection

Avoid sharing your dog’s food and water bowls as well as toys with other dogs

Incorporate immune-boosting supplements as part of his daily diet


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