Natural remedies for a cough in dogs and cats are important to have on hand for many reasons. Our pets can experience different types of coughs over their lifetime. Some coughs require the immediate attention of a veterinarian. Other, milder conditions can are manageable with more natural options. Here are a few reasons your pet might start to cough.
There are many herbs for improving lung function. Some work by calming the muscles of the bronchioles and nasal passages. Many herbs for lung health also help to boost the immune system. This is helpful when dealing with a cough caused by an infection.
Soothing expectorant – This action reduces muscle spasms in the respiratory tract while helping to remove debris from the lungs. Helpful in asthma, kennel cough, and dry spastic cough. Examples include: Wild Cherry Bark, Marshmallow, Licorice.
Mucolytic/Anti-catarrhal – Mucolytic herbs work by breaking down excess mucous in the breathing passages. Particularly helpful with under-productive coughing. Examples include: Elderberry, Plantain, Peppermint
Nourishing respiratory tonic – These herbs nourish the respiratory tract and tonify the function of the lung. Examples include: Horsetail, Plantain, Hyssop
Immune Stimulator – Lung herbs like horseradish have immune-stimulating abilities. Meaning that they help to prime the immune system so that it is ready to defend the body. Examples include: Echinacea, Wild Indigo, Pokeroot
Antimicrobials – Herbs with antimicrobial actions work more like an antibiotic, helping to kill bacteria on contact. Examples include: Garlic, Echinacea, Thuja
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