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Vets, Please Stop With the Kennel Cough “Vaccines”, They Don’t Work and They’re not Necessary…

There are 5 things that vets advise that we should absolutely question. They are

  1. Dry, cereal based food for a carnivore
  2. Annual boosters for viruses in dogs already vaccinated for them
  3. The dangerous Nobivak4 leptospirosis jab as a matter of course
  4. Chemical flea and worm control in dogs with no fleas or worms
  5. Kennel cough jabs

I used to be a trainer in Guide Dogs and so we knew all the training groups about the place. While days out of training (not to mention the discomfort for the dogs, the hassle and the cost) are carefully avoided with tight hygiene practices (the number one preventer of kennel cough in dogs) shit happens and nearly all of us would be affected by kennel cough now and again. But think about it, these associations take ultra-good care of the animals in the charge. We used to pay the vets to come down to our kennels regularly and squirt their kennel cough “vaccine” up our dogs’ noses. Up to 80 dogs in kennels at once in some establishments. A nice earner. Despite this, every few years cough might sweep through kennels. So you ring the vets. They’d hurry down with their steroids AND antibiotics (as these two MUST be given together in dogs, but not in humans…?!) and  a few days later the dogs would perk up. Not normally one to question a vets opinion, one day I stopped the vet and asked simply “who’s fault is this?”. He shrugged his shoulders, saying “nothing’s guaranteed”. I countered with perhaps your payment shouldn’t be guaranteed. His smile was genuine. Mine was not.

Even WSAVA State Kennel Cough Vaccine for Dogs Doesn’t Work…

Below is a quote by WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association), whom all the vets take their advice from:

Kennel cough is a localised infection, meaning it is local to the respiratory tract. It is an infection that does not lend itself to to prevention by vaccination

The problem with kennel cough in dogs is that there are at least forty agents involved in a Bordetella infection, the offending baddie, but only a couple of these agents are contained in the vaccine itself. Much like trying to prevent a common cold in humans (we know we can’t), kennel cough is likely different between homes, between towns, between cities. There is no cure.

I used to have magic stones for sale in my Dogs First shop (honestly). I stated they may help prevent cough, they’re just not guaranteed.

The kennel cough “vaccine” doesn’t guarantee protection in the slightest. That’s why the vet industry has it down as an “optional” extra. If your vet is enforcing a kennel cough “vaccination” then they’re going against the advice coming down from the very top.

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Kennel Cough in Dogs, What to do…

OK, he’s got a cold. No biggie, we all get them. If your dog gets a cough, don’t fret. Rest him up. Don’t attach a lead to his collar for a few weeks (all the more reason to invest in a harness!), rest him up, give him some natural immune boosters such as EchinaceaStudies show Echinacea is highly effective at treating upper respiratory infections in dogs. Don’t buy stuff for dogs, more expensive, here is the best reviewed and priced Echinacea on Amazon. While there definitely pick up some Slippery Elm which will help restore the mucous lining of his throat.

Raw garlic too is excellent for this infection. And no, you don’t need to worry about raw garlic in dogs. It’s perfectly safe used in small amounts. Here’s how to do it

raw garlic for dogs

A little drop of Manuka Honey (or even some local honey which, I had heard mentioned, is performing as well as manuka honey in some studies) a few times a day will pay dividends too. It’s antibacterial and can help fight infections.

You can also give them baby Benelyn to ease the congestion (dose according to body size) but please check it doesn’t contain artificial sweetener like xylitol which is ver bad for dogs.

Most kennel cough episodes clear up fine in 2-3 weeks. However, if you feel he’s particularly under the weather then, of course, take him to the vet, as you would a child with a cold that is only getting worse.


What About Kennels?

You’re in difficulty here. I rang the two top companies, posing as a kennel owner, regarding the kennel cough vaccine in dogs. Both said something along the lines of “if you want to be insured for “diseases” then your clients must get the kennel cough vaccine”. I asked could I write this particular disease out of my policy and simply use good hygiene practices (the number one prevention for kennel cough in kennels) and they said no. It’s all or none.

This was disappointing, especially considering the average punter is able to write out the core vaccines (parvo, adeno, distemper) from their policy should they want to vaccinate (good) but not annually boost (needless) their dog for them. Again, this option is not available to kennel owners. More on marrying the ideal vaccine schedule in your dog with your insurance company below.

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