Hydrocodone is a valuable medication for certain problems, such as kennel cough. It helps to reduce the coughing/gagging spasms so that the dog can feel a little better while recuperating from the disease. It is available in both liquid and tablet form.
If the medicine was properly prescribed for a specific problem and the veterinarian actually saw and examined your dog, you should have no concerns about using it.
When my dog had a bad cough, hydrocodone was ineffective. I also prefer natural products. My holistic vet recommended Children's Cough and Bronchial Syrup from B&T. I get it at the health food store, but it is available on-line. It worked better and faster than the hydrocodone and was less expensive.
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