It can be a little disconcerting to hear your puppy suddenly let out a series of honking, high-pitched coughing sounds. If your puppy recently spent time in a kennel, they could have picked up a case of kennel cough from being in close proximity to a lot of other dogs. Kennel cough isn’t usually dangerous – it’s a lot like the common cold in humans and will run its course in a few days. In the meantime, there are a few home remedies that you can use to make your puppy more comfortable.
The sooner your puppy coughs up the mucus in their lungs, the sooner they’ll start feeling better. Breathing in moist hot air like what you would find in a sauna helps loosen up the mucus, making it easier for your puppy to cough it up. You can create a doggy sauna in your own home by running the shower at its hottest setting with the door closed until steam fills the room. Then bring your dog in and let him breathe in the vapor for a short while.
Alternatively, if you have a home vaporizer, try setting it up near the area where your puppy sleeps. Running the vaporizer at night ensures that your dog will breathe in the steam long enough for it to do some good. Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil for extra effectiveness.
If your puppy is doing a lot of coughing, they probably have a pretty sore throat. When your throat is sore and you’re looking for a natural form of relief, honey is likely one of the first things that you reach for, so why not use it for your pup as well? Honey is as safe for dogs as it is for you, and it coats and soothes the throat, reducing pain and eliminating the cough temporarily so that your dog can get some rest.
It may also speed your puppy’s recovery from their cough. Honey has been shown to have strong antibacterial properties. Scientists are looking for ways to use honey in creating new antibiotics. For now, why not let a dose of honey fight the bacteria that’s causing your puppy’s cough? You shouldn’t have any trouble getting your dog to swallow a spoonful of the sweet stuff – most dogs enjoy the taste.
Chicken soup isn’t just a placebo that makes you feel better when you’re sick because it tastes and smells good. There’s real science that suggests that chicken soup actually helps fight off colds and ease upper respiratory symptoms. And with some precautions, your puppy can reap the benefits of chicken soup just like you do when you’re sick.
Many of the ingredients in canned chicken noodle soup are safe for dogs, but you need to look carefully at the ingredients: stay away from soups that contain high levels of sodium, onions, and garlic, all of which can be dangerous for your pup. A better option is to make homemade chicken soup yourself – it’s more effective, and you can be sure that all of the ingredients you use are canine-friendly.
If your puppy’s cough doesn’t subside after a few days, or if they show other signs of illness like a fever, loss of appetite, or trouble breathing, don’t take chances – take your pet to the vet.