Give your dog 1 vitamin C (500 mg), 1 garlic capsule (500 mg), 1 echinacea capsule (125 mg), once a day after food. I hide each pill in a small ball of liverwurst, dogs love it. This is the mildest dosage, for dogs under 10 lbs and puppies. If you have a larger dog, you could try giving it twice a day but not a higher dosage at one time. My Italian Greyhound and Chihuahua mix puppy, 8 lbs, 4 mos. old, came from the shelter with a severe kennel cough. In just 3 days, the infection was going away, after 4 days, only 1 cough. After 5 days, the kennel cough had vanished.
If you read the ingredient list of the very expensive remedies for K.C. found online, the three main ingredients are those. Side effect: A great glossy coat! Additional benefit: I maintain a garlic and vitamin C regimen twice a week, to prevent K.C. relapse and to stave off fleas, ticks and mosquitoes. Ticks cause Lyme's Disease in dogs (and people too), mosquitoes carry West Nile disease and heartworm. Garlic, available in tasteless and odorless capsules in vitamin stores, is the only non-invasive remedy against all those.
I've been afraid to give our dog garlic because they are so closely related to onions which the vets say is a no-no (someone said it causes anemia). So is garlic safe?
Editor's Note: This is what I found about it. There is also a lot of pet products with garlic. I think with dogs, onions are a no no, small amounts of garlic will not hurt. With cats, neither are good.
Garlic and Onion
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith, Inc.
Garlic and onion belong to the plant species Allium. Garlic has been used by humans as a food flavoring, blood purifier, antibiotic, and antiparasitic drug.
Both garlic and onion can be toxic to dogs, cats, and other animals. Cats appear to be more sensitive than dogs. In dogs and cats, onions and garlic can cause a breakdown of the red blood cells, resulting in Heinz body anemia. The bulbs, bulbets, flowers, and stems of the garlic and onion can all be toxic. There are some human baby foods that have onion in them, and it is not recommended to feed them to pets. The very small amounts of garlic that are present in some commercial pet foods have not been shown to cause any problems.
Thanks Liz, we noticed a huge difference after just one dose. Kirby (our dog) is on day 3 of vit. c, garlic and echinacea and he no longer has any symptoms.
This actually works! At first, I chose to take my 3-pound puppy to the vet. He said it was going to last about 2-3 weeks; by the end of the third week, my cost for consultation, medication and follow-up visit would have been about $105. After the 1st week of seeing very ill to no improvement, I decided to give it a try. I got all 3 pills and mixed them in with 4 chunks of dog food and it really worked. I've heard 1 cough in 2 days.
Thank you, for your post!
We adopted a Chi Weiner and she had a severe case of Kennel Cough. She also shared it with our Bull Terrier. After many days of researching, we decided to try this method; after a few days of the Garlic, Vit. C & Echinacea we noticed a difference; no more cough for either dog & we will continue with a weekly dosage. Thanks for sharing.
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