Kennel Cough Home Remedy

Are you looking for a simple home treatment when your dog has kennel cough? 

No dog owner wants to see a beloved pet unwell or uncomfortable.  Kennel cough is usually a nuisance rather than a worry.  However, puppies and older dogs with kennel cough can be at risk of secondary infections which may lead to something more serious. 

We know that kennel cough is highly contagious and thrives in conditions such as boarding kennels or animal shelters.  Every time you go away, for instance, and you board your pet in kennels you wonder whether you are going to have to deal with a dose of kennel cough on your return.

Whether you have a dog with kennel cough or you are concerned about secondary infections in your puppy or older dog, there is a solution.

There is a kennel cough treatment that you can administer at home, whenever you think it is necessary.  This will reduce the need for visits to the vet and therefore reduce the risk of spreading the virus to other dogs.  It is also simple and easy to do.

The treatment is called photonic therapy. 

Photonic therapy is red light treatment administered at known acupuncture points on the dog’s body.   The difference between photonic therapy and acupuncture though is here there are no needles. 

The red light is generated from an instrument that looks a little like a torch.  The treatment is non-invasive, pain-free and has no side effects.  You can easily do it yourself.  Once you have a torch at home, you can treat your dog whenever you like – at no extra cost. 

Photonic therapy is also highly effective in treating dog conditions such as kidney and urinary problems, Cushing’s disease, parvovirus, distemper and arthritis.  It has also been successful in treating various conditions in horses, cats and birds.

The release of neuro-chemicals during the therapy supports healing, provides temporary relief from pain and promotes feelings of well-being.  So the treatment assists with emotional as well as physical concerns. 

You can learn more about the scientific aspects of photonic therapy and how to buy a torch here.

Kennel Cough Symptoms

A dry hacking cough, making a honking sound, is the most common symptom.  Your dog may also retch or vomit and have a nasal discharge.   This is usually caused by the extra mucus that your dog may produce. 

If your dog has a mild case he will probably eat normally and have normal energy levels.   However in severe cases, secondary infections such as fever and even pneumonia may lead to serious illness and even death.  Puppies and older dogs are especially at risk of secondary complications from kennel cough because of developing or decreased immune capabilities.

You should be able to tell if a secondary sickness is happening.  Your dog will become lethargic, may stop eating and have discharge from the nose and eyes.  If the symptoms are becoming more serious you should seek help from your vet right away.

Most dogs will make a complete recovery from kennel cough within about 3 weeks, although older pets may take much longer if treatment is not administered.

Can I catch kennel cough from my pet?

Kennel cough is not contagious to humans.

It is however highly contagious to other dogs and you should bear this in mind when taking an infected dog to the vet.  You will want to reduce the risk of spreading the disease to other dogs at the vet surgery.  And you should isolate an infected pet and prevent contact with other dogs. 

How can I prevent my dog getting kennel cough

There are vaccines available against the viruses that cause kennel cough.  Vaccinations are not useful if your dog already has the virus.

Kennel cough is most easily spread when dogs are housed in enclosed or poorly ventilated areas.  This is why the incidence of kennel cough can be higher in boarding kennels and animal shelters.  This is also why such places may require a boarding animal to have proof of vaccination.  Kennel cough can also be passed on through sharing of water bowls or playing with infected dogs.

You can reduce exposure to the viruses by having your dog looked after by a pet sitter, preferably at your home, when you go away and limit exposure to enclosed areas and communal water bowls.