A Question for Dr. Smith
Is it ok to use some elderberry juice tonic to help soothe my dog's cough? He suddenly developed symptoms similar to kennel cough and bronchitis about three weeks ago now. He also has a slightly narrowed trachea. We have tried everything the regular vets suggest..three courses of antibiotics, two sets of x-rays, one course of prednisone, and then a maintenance dose of temaril P. torbutrol for cough, and when that didn't relieve the symptoms, we went to hydrocodone syrup which only controls the coughing to a degree. He is an older dog - 15 and a half years old.
We are concerned that he is becoming exhausted from the coughing. Although usually he still eats ok.
I have also started adding a tiny bit of peppermint and licorice root tea with a small amount of honey in a syringe by mouth to soothe him in between cough syrup treatments since we can only give the cough syrup every 12 hours.
I read that elderberry juice could be beneficial in helping a dog with this problem...I want to make sure it is not toxic to him before I use it.. he weighs a bit over 14 lbs. What would be the dosage if I can use it? Thank you.
Dr. Smith's Reply
Elderberry juice should not be toxic from a commercial source. Chronic cough in older dogs can be tough to handle. I would start with one teaspoon 3-4 times per day. Hope this helps!
Marc Smith DVM
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