I have been researching severe cough in dogs because right after Chloe was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, she picked up this horrendous cough...it makes her sound like a goose...or an elephant!
I have also been talking with people...lots of people about Kennel Cough in general. My SIL used Colloidal Silver on her shihtzu and it seemed to work! So...skeptical as I may be...I do believe Amazon is going to get my order for some Colloidal Silver! I will try anything at this point...
The following article is one I found on The Honest Kitchen's website talking about Kennel Cough. Some interesting info here for sure!!
Kennel Cough, or Bordatella is a pesky infection similar to a canine cold, which usually lasts for one to two weeks. It can be picked up by a pup who’s in close proximity to another dog who’s infected – either in closed quarters such as a boarding facility, or at dog parks, dog beaches or other areas where lots of canines congregate together.
Many milder cases of Kennel Cough can be treated at home with herbs and homeopathics, under the guidance of a holistic veterinarian. A trip to the vet may be necessary for persistent cases lasting more than a couple of weeks, or where the dog becomes weak with a loss of appetite or any other signs of discomfort.
Stress can make a dog more susceptible, so it’s a good idea to boost up the immune system prior to the occurrence of a stressful situation, if you can. Immune system support is also important when Kennel Cough occurs. Herbal immune-system enhancers include Vitamin C, Echinacea, Olive Leaf and Astragalus. Colloidal silver is another excellent supplement for immune system support.
Garlic is a great addition to the diet of dogs suffering with Kennel Cough. Peel some garlic cloves and place them in a glass jar. Cover with a few good lugs of organic olive oil and leave to infuse for 24 hours. Add a few drops to each meal.
Organic Unrefined / Virgin Coconut Oil also possesses amazing immune-enhancing properties. Coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial (as well as many other benefits). A dosage of about 1 to 2 teaspoons of coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight per day can be divided into your dog’s meals to help combat Kennel Cough. Half this dosage can be used for maintenance of long term health. Use slightly less if any signs of loose stool occur.
Raw Honey is a great natural treatment that helps soothe the throat. Raw Honey also has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-fungal properties. A 30 to 50 lbs dog can be given about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of honey three to four times a day. Adjust this amount up or down depending on the size of your dog.
Homeopathic remedies for Kennel Cough include Drosera for a dry, hacking cough and violent coughing spells. The throat feels ticklish when Drosera is indicated, and pressure to the neck (such as from a collar) can trigger a bout of coughing. The cough may also be worse when lying down.
Aconite is useful in the very early stages, when signs of kennel cough (coughing, hacking as though something is caught in the throat), first appear.
Rumex Crispus is helpful for a cough associated with tickling in the throat, and which tends to be dry and persistent.
Spongia Tosta is most helpful for croupy, barking coughs which tend to improve with eating and drinking warm things but get worse from cold drinks. Spongia is indicated for a cough that startles the dog from sleep.
**The information here is designed to be discussed with your veterinarian. If you have a conventional vet who isn’t familiar with complementary approaches, try the AHVMA web site to locate a holistic vet in your area. If you are concerned about your animal companion’s health or symptoms worsen or do not improve, please seek a veterinary consultation to rule out a more serious medical problem.
**See more at: http://www.thehonestkitchen.com/articles/kicking-kennel-cough/#sthash.vUrx2H4p.dpuf
Just wanted to stop in and give you guys a quick update on Chloe's condition.
It appears that the Doxycycline the vet prescribed for the Lyme Disease is working as Chloe has resumed her usual walking and is no longer dropping or dragging her feet.
That is a good thing.
However; she has picked up a terrible cough that makes her sound like some sort of strange seal or maybe an elephant.
After discussing the situation with multiple vet techs and veterinarians on the phone for the past couple of days...we have decided to add an additional antibiotic and see if amoxycillin will help to clear the cough up. She has no other symptoms...she is eating ok and everything. She is tired though. Probably because the coughing is keeping us all awake.
So, off to pick up another prescription tomorrow and hopefully that will help Miss Chloe feel better. I can tell she's just not herself.
Hello Everyone! Here is a picture of Miss Chloe upon her arrival home after her Lyme Diagnosis. She was just REALLY glad to be out of the Dr. Office and back home in her own environment!! The doxycycline seems to be working and she is able to walk on all four legs now...fingers crossed that the meds continue to work!
LadyBug has been quite worried about Chloe, but I snapped this photo while she was trying to hide from the major thunder and lightning we were experiencing!
We have family visiting from Minneapolis this week and we are celebrating birthdays!!
Since the kids live so far away, we do not get to spend birthdays together very often...the last one we celebrated was when we were in South Dakota a couple of years ago.
This guy....is 21!!!
Where did the years go????
It seems like yesterday...he was here celebrating his 10th birthday!!
In this photo, the little guy (who is NOT so little anymore) is demonstrating his new birthday present!
It is amazing how fast the kids pick up this stuff now!!
We had tried to get on that thing the day before and almost broke a hip standing still! :)