Things your home should never be without. This could save the life of your dog.
- A working rectal thermometer. It doesn't matter if its a digital
or old fashioned, you should have one on hand to take the temperature of your
- Anti-gas medication. Either Mylanta liquid or Gas-X chewable tablets.
I prefer the liquid because its faster acting, but the Gas-X chewable tablets
have more simethicone which is what breaks up the gas. The chewable tablets
can be carried easier in a portable first aid kit. Check those expiration
- A 12 or 20 CC syringe without needle. This is how you give the liquid
anti-gas or any liquid medicine your dog may need. I would never be without
one in an emergency.
- Pepto-Bismol liquid or tablets. Sometimes the dog isn't gassy, but
just feels icky. The Pepto can help calm the stomach, keeping the dog from
vomiting later on.
- Anti-diarrheal medicine. Either Keopectate or Immodium. Many dogs
have problems with stress and show it with their stool. Left unchecked, the
dog could become dehydrated. Usual dosage for Immodium is 1 mg. per 30#
- Pedialyte. This will replace the electrolytes lost with vomiting
or diarrhea. Another use for your syringe.
- A jar of honey in the refrigerator. If your animal is ill, the honey
will help the dog keep its sugar up. Low blood sugar is a problem when a dog
stops eating due to illness. A teaspoon to tablespoon of honey will coat the
dog's stomach and keep its glucose normal. There aren't too many dogs who
will refuse this treat.
- Jar of baby food. A jar of Turkey or Chicken and Veggies diluted
slightly with water or pedialyte can help the dog continue to function. Again,
the trusty syringe can administer this if the dog doesn't want to eat.
- Peroxide. If you need to make a dog vomit and don't have Syrup of
Ipecac, giving 1-3 teaspoons every 10 minutes will help the dog vomit. Repeat
this 3 times.