Home Treatments ~ First Aid For Dogs
With all of the following home treatments, if possible please call your Vet's office before using to make sure your pet's situation will be helped and not harmed by these treatments. These home treatments are meant to be more convenient in the middle of the night, when money is tight, or any other time you are unable to take your pet into the Vet. They ARE NOT meant to take the place of the veterinarian's exam or diagnosis.
Vomiting - Remove food bowl and water bowl. Offer nothing by mouth for 12 hours. Then offer small amounts of pedialyte, gatorade or water. If your dog is able to hold the liquid down for 4-6 hours, slowly reintroduce food in small amounts. If still unable to keep food down, please contact your Vet.
Diarrhea - For diarrhea, give Pepto Bismol or Kaopectate. (PLEASE DO NOT GIVE PEPTO OR KAOPECTATE TO CATS) Give 1 teaspoon per 5 pounds or 1 tablespoon per 15 pounds (so 1cc per pound) every 2 hours. If diarrhea does not improve after 3-4 doses, please contact your Vet.
Itch or sudden puffy swelling of the face and/or feet - For excessive itch or allergic reaction, give Benadryl 1mg per pound every 4-8 hours. (25mg tablet for 10-25 pounds, 50mg tablet for 25 pounds and up). If your dog continues to swell up or begins to have difficulty breathing due to the reaction, please contact Vet immediately.
Pain - NEVER GIVE IBUPROFEN, TYLENOL, MOTRIN OR ALEVE TO YOUR DOG. Instead give Aspirin (Bayers Aspirin is okay)-1 tablet (325mg) per 30 pounds every 12 hours. Baby(Children's) Aspirin 1 tablet(81mg) per 7.5 pounds every 12 hours. NEVER EVER GIVE ANY PAIN MEDICATION TO CATS!
Cough - For a persistant cough, give Robitussin DM, 1cc per 2 pounds, 1
teaspoon per 10 pounds, 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. Give every 4 hours.
If cough does not subside please contact your Vet.
Red or Runny Eyes - Use normal opthalmic solution (regular contact solution is fine) 2-3 drops every 4 hours. DO NOT USE ANY SOLUTION WITH A STEROID IN IT UNTIL THE EYES HAVE BEEN EXAMINED BY A VETERINARIAN. If eyes continue to stay red or becomes painful, please contact your Vet.
Wound Care - Apply direct pressure to stop bleeding and bandage lightly if possible (almost all lacerations can be sutured satisfactorily for up to 12 hours after injury). For deeper or infected wounds, please contact your Vet.
Seizures - In the case of a seizure, it is important to remain as calm as
possible as to not further stress your pet. Reduce lighting, turn them on their side and wrap your pet in a blanket or place on something soft until seizure stops (usually 1-3 minutes) KEEP YOUR FINGERS OUT OF THEIR MOUTH, THEY WILL NOT SWALLOW THEIR TONGUE. Please contact your Vet if the seizures continue or do not subside.
Itchy rash - Apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream every hour. Rub in well. If rash spreads or if skin becomes broken from excessive licking/scratching, please contact your Vet.
Constipation - For constipation problems give Dulcolax; 1 tablet every 8
hours (max 4 doses), or vegetable oil (Wesson Oil, etc); 1 teaspoon per 5
pounds every 4 hours. If your pet is still unable to have a bowel movement after treatments please contact your Vet.
Induce Vomiting - To induce vomiting, give Syrup of Ipecac-give 1 teaspoon per 5-10 pounds, should work within 30 minutes, or give Hydrogen Peroxide-1 teaspoon per 5-10 pounds every 10 minutes until effective. Inducing vomiting is necessary if you suspect your pet has consumed rat poison. For all other concerns, please contact your Vet first.
Skunk Odor Removal: Mix together 1 cup peroxide, 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1 cup dish soap. Soak dog in mixture and let mixture stay on dog for a few minutes. Rinse well. Re-apply as necessary