How to treat Canine cough at home

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How to treat Canine cough at home

There’s no two ways about it, Canine Cough is two terrible weeks of suffering for your beloved pet!   There are, however, some things you can do to ease their pain but first let’s do a quick overview of this illness.

What is Canine Cough?  

Canine cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs caused by a Bordetella virus, an adenovirus, a mycoplasma and bacteria. 

Is there a vaccine available?

Yes.  Canine cough is a standard vaccine available in most vet clinics, but that doesn’t guarantee your vaccinated dog won’t contract it - does that sounds familiar?

Dogs contract canine cough the way we get the flu - by inhaling it – and it can be caught at any popular dog friendly spots, walks, day care, kennels or the beach. 

Infections occur about 3-4 days after exposure.

What are the symptoms? 

Symptoms that your dog has come down with canine cough include:

  • Coughing - including it sounding like your dog has something stuck in their throat.
  • Sneezing
  • Runny Nose
  • Licking lips
  • Hacking
  • Retching
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • Dehydration 

Many pets require hospital care as it is so painful they don’t want to eat or drink. Some pets can’t keep any food down as they are coughing so regularly.

The most vulnerable pets are those that are young, old or have other disease such as heart disease.

Call ahead to tip off your vet clinic that your pet may have kennel cough. They will make arrangements to see your pet safely.

How to help your dog at home

  • Boost your pet with superfoods
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Feed soft mince and veges
  • Treat your pet with pineapple
  • Give Vit C containing foods
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Dose your pet with a herbal dog cough tincture from your holistic vet

Dr Heidi Ward- McGrath BVSc

Dog Mum and Vet 

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