Homeopathy for Kennel Cough

Canine infectious tracheobronchitis or Kennel Cough is an infection of the upper respiratory tract. This is caused by a variety of viruses and mychoplasma.

Usually, the symptoms are mild. Body temperature is normal or slightly higher than usual. The animal is alert and active, without digestive complaints or a loss of appetite.

These mild cases do not require treatment, as they are self-limiting; however, one of the main symptoms is a constant cough, which is bothersome for the owner as well as the pet. The cough is short and dry and occurs in fits.

Some of the homeopathic remedies that have been effective in treating mild kennel coughs include:

Bryonia
  • For dry and painful coughs that are instigated or aggravated by the slightest movement.
  • All the mucous membranes are dry, which means that the dog is overcome with extreme thirst and drinks large amounts of cold water for long periods of time. Movement aggravates the symptoms so the pet avoids moving.
  • Prescribe 3 granules at 15C to be taken 2 to 3 times a day or as the coughing fits occur. These should be spaced out as the condition improves.
Drosera
  • For frequent, repeated, violent coughing fits that interfere with breathing.
  • The cough is spasmodic and dry and has a tendency to lead to vomiting. When the vomiting is frequent, strings of blood can sometimes appear.
  • It appears or worsens at night.
  • Prescribe 3 granules at 15C to be taken 2 to 3 times a day or as the coughing fits occur.
Ipecacuanha (or Ipeca)
  • For spasmodic, suffocating, incessant and extremely violent coughs along with vomiting.
  • All Ipeca phenomena are accompanied by nausea, a clean tongue and excessive salivation. They improve with heat and rest and worsen with movement and fresh air.
  • Prescribe 3 granules at 5C or 15C if there is vomiting, to be taken 3 times a day or on demand.
Phosphorus
  • This is effective in almost all cases. The pet’s larynx is extremely irritated and burns. It is very touch-sensitive and hypersensitive to cold air.
  • This cough is constant, dry, hard, hoarse and painful. The whole body shakes.
  • The previously mentioned burning sensation makes the animal drink large amounts of cold water, but Phosphorus is aggravated by the cold, which means that when the dog drinks, the cough intensifies.
  • This cough also worsens in the evening and at night. There is hoarseness.
  • Prescribe 3 granules at 9C to be taken twice a day.
Spongia tosta
  • The mucous membranes of the nose and larynx are very dry and the pet has a burning, tight feeling in its throat.
  • This cough is dry, spasmodic and stifling, causing choking sensations. The sound is like a saw cutting through a plank of wood.
  • It intensifies at night, in cold wind and with the slightest agitation.
  • Prescribe 3 granules at 5C to be taken 3 times a day or on demand.
Sticta pulmonaria
  • The nasal mucous membranes are dry and feel as if they are obstructed.
  • There is a dry, irritating, incessant and tiring cough.
  • Prescribe 3 granules at 5C to be taken 3 times a day or on demand.

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