Kennel Cough Herbs

What's in Nature's Medicine Chest for Kennel Cough and Common Winter Dog Health Problems?

Kennel cough is the common name for an upper respiratory disease primarily in dogs.  These days when antibiotics often don’t seem to work as well as they used to, it is necessary to go back to the old fashioned way of treating chest and respiratory infections. The treatment of our dogs is no different.

Kennel cough is usually caused by bacterial or viral infections which irritate the lining of your dogs airways. The condition is known medically as tracheobronchitis, canine infectious tracheobronchitis, Bordetellosis, or Bordetella and it is extremely contagious, causing problems when dogs are mixing frequently together.

 

Luckily this condition is not life threatening but it can easily be helped with herbal preparations.This involves supporting the bodies immunity; breaking down and clearing infected material; introducing natural antibiotics; normalizing mucous membranes; strengthening the coughing  reflex; and providing natural sources of Vitamin C and Iron.

You can help your dog very effectively by using herbs for common canine health problems like kennel cough, colds and viruses. Herbs can be added to your dogs' diet to help boost their immune system if they are recovering from illness, socialising with unfamiliar dogs, emotional stress or just old age. Herbs can:

  • help boost the immune system
  • help protect your dog against illness
  • fight off colds and viruses
  • build up strength and stamina
  • aid recovery from operations or illness

The following herbs are particularly helpful in such a situation and are well worth looking for at this time of year when these erratic seasonal changes can start to create problems with our animals’ good health.

Herb

Action

Rosehips

(Iron and Vit C also some Copper)

Garlic

(natural antibiotic, contains sulfur)

Fenugreek

(lymphatic stimulant, sinus tonic, source of Vitamin A), 

Marshmallow

(expectorant and soothing tonic for mucous membranes)

Elecampane

(allantoin (healing agent)  and chest muscle tonic)

Coltsfoot

(expectorant)

Kelp

(trace elements and expectorant)

Yarrow

(Iron and Bone Marrow tonic)

Mullein

(Mucosal tonic and antiseptic)

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

(Organic Acids, Astringent Tonic)

Echinacea

Fights viral & bacterial infection

Herb Dictionary

Here are just some of the essential herbs for common dog health problems. To find out more, get your free herbal guide

 Echinacea (root) (Echinacea purpurea)

  • Maintains a healthy respiratory system
  • Boosts the immune system.

 

Fenugreek (seed)
(Trigonella foenum-graecum)

  • Aids digestion.
  • Expectorant for coughs.
  • Improves condition.
  • Avoid during pregnancy.

Garlic (bulb)
(Allium sativum)

  • High in Sulphur
  • Cleanses the blood.

Marshmallow (root& leaves)
(Althaea officinalis)

  • Expectorant for coughs.
  • Tonic.
  • Helps expel mucus.
  • Soothes irritation in airways.

See Brookby Herbs Organic Immune Booster for a natural herbal remedy in  a wonderful tasty cider vinegar base. Perfect for kennel cough and other winter ailments.

www.brookbyherbs.co.nz

 

Posted: Wed 23 May 2012

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