One thing you can do at home to help your dog recover from kennel cough is to place him or her in the bathroom filled with steam from a hot shower for about 15-20 minutes. This will help loosen the secretions and mucous in the lungs, making it easier for your dog to cough it up. Afterwards, coupaging the chest will help loosen secretions even more. This technique, also called percussion therapy, involves cupping the hand and gently but quickly tapping the dog’s chest wall. This can be repeated several times a day and is beneficial to perform while the dog is coughing. If you are unsure how to perform this therapy, ask your veterinarian to show you, or watch the you-tube video I posted below. You’ll want to check with your veterinarian before beginning steam therapy or coupage.
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