|Barked: Thu Jun 20, '13 11:05am PST |
|I'm so sorry to hear that Chance has kennel cough, poor fella. How wonderful of you to adopt him, what a lucky fella! And yes, now he just needs to get healthy. You should begin to see improvement within a week, and it could take up to 3 weeks for the cough to dissappear. If he shows signs of worsening, I'd definitely contact the vet.
Unfortuantely this is alike like a cold in humans, there are things you can do to alleviate the symptoms and help shorten the duration, but it's going to have to run its course.
As far as the hot shower, I'd close the door and let the steam build up, then let Chance sit in the room for about 20 minutes. Proably need to do this several times a day. A humidifier or vaporizer can be used as well, to help his breathing. Also when he's in the house, I'd keep his collar off, so he won't feel constricted when a coughing attack hits.
Vitamin C should help boot his immune system, but I'd ask the vet what the safe dosage to give would be, this depends on weight and age. Along with the Vitamin C, you could try a Echinacea and goldenseal tincture, given three times a day. Echinacea and goldenseal are supposed to work to help fight a broad spectrum of viruses and bacteria. Goldenseal is supposed to help with bronchial infections.
Hope Chance gets feeling better soon!
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