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    Hi there, my poor Buddy has a case of kennel cough.. although he has had all his vaccinations etc he plays with loads of different dogs every day so is guaranteed to pick it up (which is common says the vet).

    Does anyone know of any home remedies to help out with this? I read online about giving him a bit of honey mixed with child's cough syrup - but I"m not so sure about this!?

    Any ideas?

    Nat

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    Hi Nat

    aww sorry to hear that buddy is unwell with KC, sending him big healing hugs ...

    Floyd caught KC last yr & he was & is fully vaccinated C5 also...just as there are loads of human flu viruses, there are loads of different KC strains also that vaccinations may not cover, but IMO it's still best to vaccinate even tho they still may catch nasties, at least if they do catch nasties its a mild case & not severe or deadly.

    Floyd's vet prescribed antibiotics for Floyd as well as kiddies benillyn chesty cough mixture to help loosen & make it easier for him to cough up the phlegm & also told me give Floyd adult buscopan to help stop the tummy muscle pains,strains & spasms from coughing so much..well all medications worked beaut with out any side effects etc & Floyd was back to he's nutty normal self in days

    It was 1am at night when he 1st showed symptoms of KC etc & i had to wait until 8am in morning to call vet, it scared the living hell out of me, Floyd was literally choking/gagging on phlegm, poor boy sounded like an old haggy horse, he was trying so hard to get the phlegm up & coughing so much,i had slept sitting up & propped Floyd from waist up on my lap, he's coughing got so bad that i had to actually stick my fingers down he's throat a few times to make him vomit up phlegm in which worked a treat, my poor hands & me were covered in dog vomit & phlegm, not nice but i didnt care, i was doing all i could to stop him from choking & that's the main thing, thank goodness he trusted & had faith in me & my actions & not closed he's jaw in my hand, bless him he's such a kind loving boy .. also i got my daughters asthma nebulizer steam machine thingy & filled it water only & put mask on Floyd & steamed him up, it helped to loosen phlegm also, gave him some releif from coughing so bloody much.
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    ok thanks for the tips! Buddy has been on antibiotics quite a bit since we got him (he has very bad skin allergies) so I'm trying to steer clear of them again if I can, so I think the kiddy chest stuff would go down well. He seems to be doing Ok and only coughing every now and then during the night (which scares the hell out of us!!!) but mainly it I can just hear it in his chest when he is breathing.. so it obviously just needs something to loosen it up. Can you remember how much of the cough medicine you gave? Maybe a capful / teaspoon?

    Poor thing... he's had it once before.. he goes to a few different parks twice a day so he's mingling with all kinds of dogs so its inevitable that he gets it.. but I think I may keep him at home the next couple of days and just keep him warm and cosy

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    I gave 1 teaspoon of benillyn every 3-4 hrs, that's what vet recommended

    I understand what you mean about not wanting to give to much antibiotics etc, Floyd has grass allergies to certain types of grass, i was worried about always having to give him antibiotics as well as steroid based antihistamines & creams... i now use a anti-allergy medicated dog shampoo on Floyd at normal bath times, its called Aloveen avail at vets, but cheaper in BigW pet dept & it works well helps to stop itchies & reduces redness rash etc... i also wash Floyd in Pinetarsol when he's allergy has flared up, its non soap, fragrance free etc & it also works great at helping stop itchies, redness & rash, can get it at any chemists

    Ok as for skin allergies it could be a million things that cause it.. fleas, mites, he's food, household cleaning products, plants, grasses, etc etc

    I find that gving Floyd 3-4 fish oil caplets daily is another great product that helps with skin conditions etc, helps fur grow lush, moisturized, shinny & its also great for dogs cartilage, bones etc..
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    oh that sounds just like buddy, he gets hives underneath his arms and legs.. it drives him crazy.. its not from mites or anything (the vet did scrapings to test) and basically said that he'd have to go to a skin specialist as it could be anything. I've started to give him sardines on a daily basis and i put the whole lot with the oil on his dry food, but the fish oil caplets sound like a good idea!

    ok so 1 teaspoon every 3-4 hours of the benillyn - I'll try it out and let you know how I go Thanks for the tips!

    Nat.

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    aww your very welcome Nat, pls let us know how Buddy gets on

    Keeping him at home is an excellent idea for even a week or more until he's weakened immune system (caused by KC) is stronger to fight off any other nasty germs that may be lurking at parks etc.

    PS.. silly me 4got to mention.. get benillyn "wet chesty" cough syrup & not dry cough syrup.

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    Natalie,
    One of the BEST remedies you can give Buddy is Manuka honey , a teaspoon or two twice daily.Just let him lick it off the spoon. You can buy it off the shelf at Safeway either in the honey section or the health food (honey section) but it has to be MANUKA honey.

    If you want cough mixture try Benadryl and give the childs dose twice a day, but IMO the honey will be better.

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    Most dogs with kennel cough don't really need antibiotics. They only need to be used when the condition is serious in case of secondary infections.

    Lots of Vets over prescribe antibiotics just as some doctors do. As one Vet told me: "You have to give clients something or they feel they are not getting their money's worth and might not come back with a more serious condition."

    With my own dogs and the dogs I used to work with I've always used Benadryl Original to help ease the cough.
    Dosage rates are:
    Under 5kg 1ml
    6-10 kg 2 ml
    11-15 kg 3ml
    16-20 kg 4ml
    21-30 kg 5ml
    31-40 kg 6ml
    Give twice daily. Up to three times a day if really needed.

    IMO the best home remedy for kennel cough is xxxxxx oil capsules but I can't recommend it any more as it is a member of the onion family. Still use it with my own dogs.

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    hm when we picked up our dog form the rspca she developed a case of kennel cough and it wouldn't clear up so antibiotics were the only option. kennel cough is caused by an over exposure to lots of different bugs causing the dogs immune system to miss one and hence the cough. so im not sure you can prevent it with a vaccine but maybe stop some of the bugs getting through so there is a better chance the dogs immune system will fight them all off..

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    Quote Originally Posted by laura77 View Post
    hm when we picked up our dog form the rspca she developed a case of kennel cough and it wouldn't clear up so antibiotics were the only option. kennel cough is caused by an over exposure to lots of different bugs causing the dogs immune system to miss one and hence the cough. so im not sure you can prevent it with a vaccine but maybe stop some of the bugs getting through so there is a better chance the dogs immune system will fight them all off..
    I think you are a little confused.

    Kennel cough is a highly contagious virus and sufferers show symptoms not dissimilar to the human cold virus.

    Even dogs with highly developed immune systems can develop kennel cough if exposed to the virus.

    There are many strains of the virus and a dog only needs to come in contact with 1 dog that has the virus in order to develop it.
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