This Cough's Bad News: 4 Tips For Treating Kennel Cough

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This Cough's Bad News: 4 Tips For Treating Kennel Cough

17 November 2015
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You left your dog at the kennel and it developed a case of kennel cough. In addition to the veterinary care you'll need to provide for your dog, there are also things you can do to keep it comfortable. Here are three tips to help your dog recover.

Resort to Isolation

If your dog has developed kennel cough, it's important that you keep it away from other dogs. Choose an area in your home where your dog can be comfortable while staying away from other pets you might have. This is particularly important if you have other dogs. Keeping your dog in isolation will also allow it to rest, which will speed up the recovery time.

Moisturize the Air

Kennel cough can make it difficult for your dog to breathe, especially if the air is dry. Help soothe your dog's lungs by moisturizing the air. Confine your dog to one room in the house and install a humidifier while your dog is sick. If your dog develops an uncontrolled cough, try running a hot shower. For added relief, try adding a few eucalyptus leaves to the water. Bring your dog in the bathroom and let your dog breathe in the warm air. The vapors will help open your dog's lungs so it can breathe easy.

Increase the Exercise

If your dog is making a rattling sound when it breathes, it means your dog has mucus building up in its lungs. You can help break up the congestion by increasing your dog's activity. Tight collars can increase the coughing, so you should avoid public walks. Instead, take your dog in the backyard and have it walk around. If your dog doesn't feel like walking alone, try walking along side it. Be sure to avoid overexerting your dog or its cough could get worse.

Seek Emergency Care

Kennel cough can turn into a life threatening situation for your dog. You'll need to monitor its condition on a daily basis. If your dog starts choking when it coughs or becomes lethargic, you'll need to take it to a veterinarian as quickly as possible. In addition, you should also watch for the following symptoms.

  • Fever of 100.5 or higher
  • Seizures
  • Difficulty breathing

If your dog starts coughing after returning from a stay at the kennel, it may have developed a case of kennel cough. The information provided above will help your dog recover from the illness. If the symptoms worsen, be sure to contact your veterinarian. To find out more, contact someone like Medical Care by Mobile Veterinary Hospital.