Pets "At Home" Medical Info
Aspirin or uncoated 81 mg
heart health aspirin:
My dog has pain / fever / inflammation.
The aspirin dose for a dog is approximately 80
mgs per 15 pounds. Never use aspirin for a cat
and never use Tylenol or Ibuprofen on a dog or cat.
Depending on the severity of pain you can repeat the
dose every 8 - 12 hrs but you shouldn't continue for
more than a few days because it is hard on their
tummies. It's best to give it after a full meal.
My dog has had an allergic reaction / hay
fever / bee sting / insect bites / scratching/
chewing on his feet or body/ is swollen.
If you have a dog you should carry Benadryl
with you wherever you go with your dog in
the warm months. It could mean the
difference between life and death. Seriously, a dog
can die from a bee sting. The dose is
approximately 10 - 12 mg for every 20 pounds of dog.
Don't worry, you are not going to over dose your dog
if you are a one or two mgs over. The tabs are 25 mgs. So
if your dog is 35 - 40 pounds that is perfect. If you
have a small dog like me, split the pills in
When a dog gets an allergic reaction we instinctively
want to double the dose, don't. It won't really
hurt them but it could cause dysuria (pain when
peeing), dry mouth and even more lethargy than
Benadryl normally causes.
**Never use liquid Benadryl, it contains alcohol
which is a dangerous to dogs and in some cases even
Don't do it, don't even think about it!!!
I should also mention that if a dog is chewing at his
feet he may have something stuck in a pad, like a
This can be very painful and get infected. You may
need a Vet to remove it for you.
My dog has diarreah and other gastro
I recommend that before you medicate a
dog for Diarrhea you try feeding him a mixture of 4
parts cooked rice to 1 part cooked ground beef.
Failing that, the dose is 1 teaspoon twice a day for
every 10 pounds of dog. So, if you have a 20 pound dog
give 2 teaspoons and 12 hrs later give another two
teaspoons. Pepto-Bismol contains an ingredient
called "salicylate." This is a fancy
word for aspirin. Aspirin
can kill a cat and is a very painful, horrible way to
go. Talk to your Vet.
My dog is constipated.
Like with anything else, you want to be
sure that your dog isn't constipated due to a serious
illness. However sometimes things like a change in
diet or stress can cause a dog to become constipated.
The Milk of Magnesia dose is
one teaspoon for every 10 pounds of dog.
My Dog is Bleeding / Cut:
If your dog is seriously injured he will be
frightened and prone to biting, keep that in mind; if
you are able to get help restraining him, do so. Reach
under the dogs head and press the side of his neck and
head against you. This way you won't hurt him or choke
him. Find the wound location.
Determine if the cut is spurting blood, flowing blood
quickly or just a cut / bite / puncture wound?
If the wound is spurting blood or the blood if flowing
rapidly, there may be an injury to a vein or artery.
You must apply a tourniquet. You can use just about
anything for this purpose, even a shoelace if you
don't have nothing else. Apply the tourniquet a couple
inches above the wound; just tight enough to stop
the blood flow. Any tighter and he may lose his vein
or worse, depending on how long the tourniquet is on,
and he could lose the leg. You must get to the Vet
ASAP. If it
takes time to get there, move the tourniquet up an
inch every 15 minutes. Preferably you will
have a second tourniquet so you can place the new one
before moving the old one. Remember blood comes from
the heart, so if you are able to, keep the leg
above the heart.
When the dog has
a cut which has not affected a vein or artery, dress
the wound. Clean the wound with a little peroxide or
soap and water. Flush gently with cool water, pat dry
with a clean paper towel. Apply nonstick or "ouch
less" pad and wrap with a tensor bandage. Keep
the wound clean and apply a fresh dressing a few times
a day. Watch for signs of infection. Polysporin is
safe for dogs if you wish to add a little to the
nonstick pad. Personally, I do not use antibiotic or
antibacterial medications unless there is infection
present or it relates to the eyes. You will need to
judge for yourself if the dog needs Vet attention for
My Dog Has Ingested Poison:
If your dog has ingested a poison such as
antifreeze, cleaning product or a large quantity of
chocolate (or any chocolate with
a high cocoa content), you must induce vomiting and
get to a Vet ASAP. Inducing
vomiting is easy, get the dog to drink some peroxide.
It is not poisonous or fatal to the dog, but it
is a highly effective emetic and will cause the
desired vomiting. The dose is 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds
of dog. You usually don't have to force
feed peroxide, they like it.
My Dog Has Fleas and Flea Bites / Is Itchy and
If your dog has fleas, wash
him/her with Dawn-blue (original dawn). Other
colors of dawn won't do the job.
Treat bedding and carpeting by sprinkling with Borax
(leave it on for several hours then vacuum up.
The Boras suffocates the fleas and flea eggs).
If your dog is itchy from flea bites, you
can make him more comfortable with Calamine lotion.
It is perfectly safe but like anything else they will
want to lick it off. It you apply it to an area of the
dog where they can reach, and they lick at it,
simply cover with a little gauze and tensor bandage.
My Dog Has Scratched His Eye / Has an Eye
In both cases you can use Polysporin Eye
(sterile antibiotic for infections of the eye). If the
infection or scratch hasn't noticeably improved in 24
hours get to the Vet. You don't want to mess
around with your dogs eyes. If you are treating an
infection yourself, keep the treatment going 3 - 5
applications a day for 5 - 7 days. When
you are using any kind of antibiotic, the first half
of the treatment is for the infection and the second
half of the treatment is to prevent secondary
There are lots of human meds that you can use
for a dog, just make sure you don't try any
without checking a reliable resource first (NOT A PET
STORE!). You should have a little first aid kit
for your dog. All you really need is a big ziploc bag.
If everything is in one place, there will be less
confusion when it is needed. Here is a sample list of
the types of things you should have in your kit.
Gauze (pads and roll)
Tourniquet (twine or shoelace)
Scissors (to cut bandages, etc.)
Polysporin for eyes
Pepto Bismol (refrigerated)
While working at the Vet clinic we had one serious
reoccurring problem. Owners who made the sometimes
tragic error of asking the Pet store for advice
instead of us. I
suppose people did it to save a few bucks, but in
doing so they ended up with a pet which was much
sicker than it needed to be and on a few
occasions, even died.
anyone could think a kid with a high school education
and minimum wage job is capable of providing the
same care and advice as a person educated in
Veterinary care is beyond me.
is heartbreaking to think of the number of times we
asked people, "why did you do that?
That was the worst thing you could have done!
Why did you let this go on for so long?!" Their
reply always came back the same, "The pet store
said so" or "The pet store said it wasn't
stores are in the business of selling, that is all, so
buy your pet food there, not your medical care.
This information is not meant to replace the
care of a Veterinarian.
I know first hand that not everyone can afford
to go to the Vet every time the dog has an off
information is meant to stop people from doing the
wrong thing or worse -- nothing at all.
It is also intended to
make sure that in emergency cases, you know what to do
to improve your dog's chances before you get to the
To Give Your Dog A Pill
#1 Lift your dogs head by reaching your
hand over the top of his face, inserting you thumb and first
finger gently into the side of his mouth and
lift his jaw upward.
#2 With you other hand make sure his mouth is open by
gently pulling down on his lower jaw.
#3 Place pill in the dogs mouth and push it down his
throat with your finger.
#4 Slip you hand under the dogs jaw and tilt head
#5 Wait for the dog to swallow once or twice, when his
tongue juts out he has swallowed the pill.
Give him some praise!
COOKIE RECIPE: Here is an easy doggie
½ cups whole wheat flour (start with 2 ½ cups and
add the last cup gradually until dough is no
cup oil (I use peanut or olive but anything is fine)
can of beef or chicken broth (you can substitute a can
of undrained tuna but you must store tuna cookies
fridge and use within a week)
a little punch (add whatever you like for the last
ingredient, maybe a teaspoon of garlic powder or a
peanut butter or ½ a cup of cheese, be
creative and think like a dog!)
ingredient and roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into
the correct size for your dog. You can use cookie
cutters if you want to make fancy treats. My dogs
don't really care what they look like.
key to making a crunchy cookie is cooking for a longer
time at a lower temp and cooling on the cookie sheet.
The dog cookies may not be crunchy when you take them
out of the oven but if you cool them on the
cookie sheet they will crunch up. Do not store until
they are totally cool)
● Treat me kindly, my beloved guardian, for no heart in all the
world is more grateful for your love and kindness than
● Do not break my spirit with harsh words or a
stick, for although I will forgive you, I learn much
better through your patience and understanding, the
things you would have me do.
● Speak to me often, for your voice is the
world's sweetest music as you must know by the fierce
wagging of my tail when I hear you call my name.
● Please want me with you always, for my joy
springs from your attention, and I ask no greater
glory than your love and the privilege of your
● Please keep my bowl filled with fresh water,
and feed me clean food that I may stay well to romp
and play. I
live to be with you and make you happy, to walk by
your side, standing ready to protect you with my life
should your life be in danger.
● And dearest one, if my suffering is too great,
please see that my leaving is gentle and loving, and
you stay with me to the very end as I have stayed with
● My beloved guardian, I will give you all the
love I have to give, and I will keep
all the love you give me.
● I shall leave you then, knowing even in my
sorrow, with the last breath I draw, that our time
together in this earth was precious and beautiful, and
my life was always safe in your hands.