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Whooping Cough (see also Bacterial Infections)

Whooping Cough / Kennel Cough

Herbal remedies for dogs and cats to relieve and prevent whooping cough infection.

The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal’s body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every body system is at risk.

Canine Bordetella is a very close cousin to Whooping Cough in people. It is a highly contagious bacteria that is transmitted between dogs through coughing, sneezing, sharing water bowls or in some cases it can be transmitted on a person’s hands through petting and playing with multiple dogs.

Once the bacteria enters the nose or mouth, it travels down into the lungs where it causes a loud, hoarse honking cough and eventually develops into a serious form of pneumonia that can last for weeks to months. In some dogs, this disease can be fatal, especially in young puppies.

Bacteria are single cell organisms that reproduce by dividing. There are both good and bad forms of bacteria. Good bacteria benefits our pet’s health and environment, whereas, harmful bacteria, which accounts for just 1% of all types of bacteria, causes illness and infection. When pets develop a bacterial infection that is left untreated, it can lead to more severe health complications.

Situations in which Whooping Cough can be contracted:

Boarding shelters


New puppies or kittens

Pets from pet stores

Pets from animal rescues

Dog parks

Grooming facilities

Doggy day care

Obedience classes

Training classes

Dog and cat shows

Agility trials

Hunting clubs

Pet stores where dogs and cats are allowed to play and share toys

Sharing community water bowls 

Any place where two dogs from different households can have direct contact with each other

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.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine response, reduces respiratory disorders, relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation, soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection

Dog & Cat Kryptonite(learn more) supports hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) function, enables the body to respond normally to stress and metabolic demands while supporting the glands' ability to rebuild and regenerate, supports healthy energy levels and vitality, for lethargic, aging or convalescing animals, regulates the organs which secrete hormones, including the pituitary, parotid, thyroid and adrenal glands, the pancreas, and the testes; stimulates the hypothalamus, supports endocrine function, the central nervous, digestive, immune and reproductive systems.

Seal ‘Em & Heal ‘Em(learn more) promotes healing for all types of wounds, including hot spots, abrasions, bites, cuts, scrapes, skin irritations, infections, hemorrhaging conditions, ulcers, provides cellular support of tissue, skin and coat, for gastrointestinal distress, as a neurasthenic that blocks the activation of nerve fibers and tissue response to inflammation, supporting the body's tissue repair mechanism to stop mutations, and in the treatment of all types of Lyme disease, including Lyme borealis, burgdorferi, borreliosis and Chronic Lyme disease (CLD).

Related Products:

I Want Liquid Immunity - (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which help to normalize the release of histamine from mast cells, reducing the adverse effects of allergies, used for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts (often related to poor diet and excessive medication), promotes cellular health and reduces catabolic waste, and maintains health in organs, connective tissue and cells.

The Daily Paws (learn more) is used as a multi-system nutritive for daily maintenance of all body systems, with emphasis on a healthy endocrine system, promotes healthy skin and shiny, glossy coats due to its high mineral and vitamin content, and is used to maintain body temperature, (important in immuno-compromised animals), and for a multiplicity of conditions and diseases including for allergies, arthritis, cognitive disorder and cancer, for urinary disorders to alkalinize (higher Ph) acidic urine and for blood purification.

There are a number of things that you can do to prevent whooping cough in both dogs and cats,, including: 

Feed your pet high quality commercial food or an all natural diet without preservatives, additives or colorants and it’s suggested that the diet be free of corn, wheat and soy.

Always provide fresh, clean, filtered water for your pet to flush out toxins and prevent dehydration

Practice good sanitation habits such as regularly disinfecting and cleaning your pet’s food and water bowls with hot, soapy water as well as sleeping environment

Do not share your pet’s food bowls, grooming items, blankets or toys with other pets

Bathe or spray your pet with an antifungal repellant upon his return from cat or dog shows as well communal kennels, catteries and day care facilities

Wash your hands thoroughly after handling pets

Avoid exposing a dog or cat with ringworm to other animals or people

Make sure that your pet’s vaccinations are updated regularly

Conventional Remedies:

The diagnosis of bacterial infection in cats and dogs is based on the symptoms, review of the medical history and thorough physical examination.

Most cases of kennel cough go away on their own, but some doctors will prescribe antibiotics in hopes of killing the Bordetella organism. You can also give the infected dog vet-approved cough suppressants to provide comfort while he battles the illness. Your veterinarian may prescribe a combination of antibiotics and cough suppressants for optimal comfort and recovery time.



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