From list e-mails:
"I would start him on vitamins C and E right away as well as any other immune boosters, perhaps Echinacea for a week"
"... giving RAW GARLIC cloves to a dog with kennel cough or respiratory problems is a good thing ... helps keep the lungs clear and get rid of any mucous (of course it's just a good immune booster as well)."
"Delsym, to quiet the cough. The pharmacist told me to treat my little dogs, about 10 lbs, as a child's dosage. My larger dogs got an adult dosage. This Delsym is nonnarcotic so it does not affect the dogs in an adverse way. I used the dosage that he suggested and it seemed to quiet the cough. The first dog that got this was misdiagnosed by our vet as having a stomach virus for she was throwing up every 20 minutes for over 24 hours. It wasn't until my neighbor's dog and then another one of mine started the "gagging" that we figured out what this was."
Parsley, although a powerful diuretic, given in small amounts (about 1 tablespoon twice a day, seems to halt the leaking bladder syndrome. Here is what a list reader wrote: "i read about the parsley, knowing that what causes to loose water retention might help in the holistic way. tried it so far for 5 days AND so far so good."
From list e-mails:
"A chiropractic vet adjusted my dog's back and hips and ended a life-long leaking-urine problem. Every once in awhile she would have to be adjust again, especially if she bound through snow or tall grass, but that was it."
From a list e-mail:
Licorice apparently has a chemical called glycyrrhizin that stimulates the adrenals into producing their own natural cortisone and "introduces it's own anti-inflamatory, anti-microbial, immune-supporting corticosteroid like actions to the body." They say it helps to relieve pain, itching and inflammation without compromising the immune system. It can be used topically on hot spots as well as taken internally. They sight skin benefits, liver benefits, and immune system benefits. It also sights research.
The article also discusses how to use it, dosages, and contraindications. It does mention that it should not be used with pregant or nursing mothers. It also says you need to let your vet know you are trying it. I used some with Truman day before yesterday, giving him less than half the recommended dosage, and he hasn't done the continual scratching/chewing thing for two days. I gave him a second small dose this morning. If you are interested in this article, you may want to access it at www.whole-dog-journal.com"