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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Natural Remedies for Kennel Cough

The usual remedy for attacks of kennel cough in dogs is a course of antibiotics.  However, there are other possibilities, particularly those recommended by veterinarians who practice homeopathy.  Below are some suggestions.

Nine Safe Remedies for Kennel Cough

  1. Nosodes. A nosode is a homeopathic remedy derived from a pathological specimen. Nosodes stimulate the natural immune system to react against specific diseases. Kennel cough nosodes are particularly effective.
  2. Esberitox. This is a fast-acting Echinacea that I have found very effective in reducing the virulence of bordetella infections.
  3. Vitamins C and E. Vitamin C is an antiviral and E provides immune system support.
  4. Oregano oil has antiseptic, antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  5. Astragalus is an herb used in Chinese medicine to enhance the immune system, support lung function and stimulate the regeneration of bronchial cells.
  6. Raw garlic and olive leaf are natural antibacterial and antiviral agents.
  7. Raw honey will ease the discomfort of coughing, and certain herbs will soothe and naturally suppress a cough, among them licorice root and marshmallow.
  8. Essential oils can be used to help a pup with kennel cough breathe easier. Oils of eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Chamomile has a calming effect.
  9. Slippery Elm can help soothe sore and irritated throats.
As always, you should talk with your holistic veterinarian about natural remedies and the doses or applications most appropriate for your pet.
Reprinted from webmed.com

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