With 6 dogs and two cats we do what we can to avoid going to the vet unless absolutely necessary, except for their shots and a yearly check up. I don't like to give medicines unless I believe it is warranted. Here are some of our magic bullets in the doggie medicine cabinet.
GINGER-when Zappa was first learning to ride in the car, he would get carsick. We bought a bottle of ginger capsules and gave him one capsule about 20 minutes before leaving took care of his nausea. We only had to use it two or three times and he was fine after that.
THERMOMETER/VASELINE-A dog's temperature should be between 100F-102F (38C-39C). When Silver was pregnant I had to check her temperature once a day, so she definitely needed her own tools! :)
PUMPKIN-Every fall, I cut up a pumpkin and freeze it. I learned that it was good for cats that have diarrhea and then later found it was good for dogs too.
PEPTO-BISMOL-I use this mainly for diarrhea, but my vet has suggested it can be used for upset stomachs also. I rarely use it any more, as the pumpkin works great, but before I knew about the pumpkin I used Pepto-Bismol. Giving the liquid form doesn't go down easy and is a mess to clean up, not to mention that most of what I gave my dogs ended up on the floor. I discovered they have a tablet form and it is as easy as giving a pill. I think it is one of the greatest inventions they could think of for my dogs. :)
TODDLER SOCKS-We use these for cuts on the paw or pad and they work great. We have also cut the toes out for minor leg injuries that need to be covered. Hence the Boo-Boo Socks.
TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC CREAM-I use this on any minor cuts or injuries to help keep clean.
PROBIOTICS-I have these in capsule and powder form and use them to assist with any cuts or injuries. I haven't used oral antibiotics in two years and haven't had any infections yet.
EAR CLEANSING SOLUTION-I got this formula from Hound Girl, who received it from her vet. 3 parts rubbing alcohol to 1 part vinegar. Works great! I also keep gauze and cotton swabs on hand for cleaning ears, along with a syringe when I need to flush them out.
BENEDRYL-Works great for bee, wasp or any stinging insect. Zappa once had one side of his face swell up because of a low-hanging wasp nest. The vet recommended Benedryl.
These are some our little tricks of the trade. What are some of yours?
**Disclaimer** Always check with your vet before administering any medications to your pet. This post is in no way intended to be used for diagnoses or treatment for you pet. Please consult with your vet for any medical treatment.
**Note**We are in no way getting reimbursed for any of these products nor are we promoting them. We just use them because they work on our pets and most were vet recommended.
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