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Prevent Kennel Cough Naturally

Prevent Kennel Cough Naturally

Anyone who uses doggie daycare, boards their pup, or has visited their local animal shelter has heard the telltale honking cough of Bordetella bronchiseptica, or kennel cough. Luckily you don’t need a DVM degree to protect your pal from this highly contagious bug–just take the following steps.

Start with a healthy diet. “Dry and canned pet foods tend to promote inflammation in the body,” explains holistic veterinarian Robert Silver, DVM. A home-cooked or raw diet is ideal, but if you use processed food, opt for natural or organic varieties that are high in protein with fewer and simpler ingredients.

Supplement. Immune-boosting supplements like probiotics, digestive enzymes, and fish oil will lay a strong foundation for fighting off infection.

Limit exposure. Keep Rover away from dog parks and day cares if other dogs have recently been sick.

Treat immediately. If your buddy starts showing signs of kennel cough, take him to the vet right away. According to Silver, depending on the severity of his symptoms, your vet may opt for gentle homeopathic remedies or recommend immediate antibiotic and narcotic treatment.

Vaccinate or not? While all day cares and kennels require it, vaccination cannot cover every strain of the virus, and in some cases it can induce illness or cause your dog to become contagious for several days.

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7:43AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

Good nutrition and common sense are the best. Thanks.

5:26AM PST on Feb 27, 2012

great tips, i'm going to forward this article

12:20AM PST on Nov 29, 2011

thanks for the article

7:26AM PST on Nov 27, 2011

Thank you

4:04PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

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5:37AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

6:10PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

Non acidic vitamin C is more important in my view, but Kennel Cough is so nasty, why not vaccinate.

7:23AM PST on Jan 29, 2011

some coughing is good and some coughs are symptomsof heartworms as well as other pet disorders

8:17AM PST on Nov 25, 2010

Thanks

9:17PM PST on Feb 27, 2010

My cats get shots for bordetella.

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