Have you ever had one of those weeks that sends you in an unexpected spiral of one thing happening right after the next and before you realize it you’ve been holding your breath the entire time and you have to remind yourself to breathe? If you have, then you can relate to the last week of my life that forced me into a bit of an unplanned hiatus. Well, my week began with me waking up to my chi-baby, Isabel, who you’ve probably seen little clips and snippets of on the blog, dry heaving (or at least I thought she was dry heaving). I pretty much had a panic attack because I had never seen anything like it before and didn’t know what was wrong with her. I found out that my other fur baby, Gatsby, was going through the same thing. After doing some research, I was convinced they had kennel cough since they had both been to the dog park a couple weeks prior and were exhibiting the same symptoms. I didn’t see the point in spending money to have them diagnosed when I already knew what was wrong with them and what they would need for treatment.
If you don’t know, kennel cough is a respiratory illness that can only be spread from dog to dog whether it’s by touching noses or drinking from the same water bowl. It’s very contagious, but has no effect on humans. It’s basically the canine equivalent to the common cold or flu. It usually starts off with an over excess of eye boogers and lead into a fever and a lot of coughing (which can sometimes sound and appear like dry heaving). If the coughing is bad enough, the dog may spit up mucous. It’s not life threatening, but the antibiotics you’d get from the vet to treat it will not cure it, they will just make the symptoms more manageable and less uncomfortable for your pet.
I figured I would try treating Isabel on my own with homeopathic measures first before I wasted money at the vet. After all, many vets suggested doing that first anyway. Hopefully these tips will be helpful, save you some money, and make your dog feel better soon.
1. Apply Essential Oils
I used 1 drop of Young Living Peppermint essential oil and 1 drop of Young Living RC essential oil. I rubbed it on the pads of her feet, on her throat, and chest. The peppermint suppressed the coughing and the RC helped her to control her breathing better. Use a carrier oil to dilute the strength if you’re concerned the oil might be too strong for your pet. Isabel’s 6 lb and she did fine with 1 drop each and no carrier oil.
2. Diffuse Essential Oils
I diffused 6 drops of Young Living Thieves essential oil to help fight the illness, 3 drops of Young Living Purification essential oil to clean the air, and 3 drops of Eucalyptus Blue essential oil for calming. I diffused them with water in an enclosed room every two hours or so.
3. Home Made Natural Cough Syrup
You can mix 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1/2 cup of warm water together for a natural cough syrup. If they won’t drink it, you can use a dropper.
4. Throat Soother
Make sure your pet is eating and drinking. They need to have fresh water and soft food. You can warm up some chicken stock and pour hard food in to make it soft.
Isabel and Gatsby LOVE coconut oil. It’s really good for their fur, but will also give the throat a coating that will help with coughing. You can give your pet 1-2 tablespoons.
As a result of my week, I’m going to lead into a new short term feature called Isabel’s Corner for those that are interested in seeing Isabel’s cute little face more and hearing about our life together. If this feature is something you enjoy, let me know and I’ll continue doing it long term.