For pet owners, leaving your four-legged family member at home when you go away is not always an option. Sometimes, you want to bring him or her along, even though it means a few more inconveniences and additional worries. Some of those concerns have to do with your pet’s health and safety. What happens if he or she gets ill or has a sudden flea and tick outbreak? Here are a few remedies that will help you relieve your pet’s symptoms until you can get him to a professional veterinarian.
The Uses of Benadryl
Benadryl has a few uses for pet owners. Many ask the question: can I give my dog Benadryl? Primarily, it’s used to treat allergic reactions, just as it is in people. The antihistamine causes drowsiness as well, so some pet owners also use it to induce a pet to sleep. This may be helpful in taking long road trips, where the family dog gets restless and starts causing distractions.
Administering Benadryl or any drug should only be done after consulting your veterinarian. In the case of Benadryl, the drug can exacerbate certain conditions, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and glaucoma. The standard dosage, which is applicable to pets as well as people, is 1 milligram per pound of body weight. For a 25 pound dog, for instance, you would give him a 25 mg dose two to three times per day. It’s also important to check the ingredients to ensure that the product only contains diphenhydramine and not aspirin or other additives. These may interact negatively with your dog’s body chemistry.
Soothe That Sudden Bout of Diarrhea or Vomiting
Any road trip can come to an unpleasant end if your pet ends up getting car sick or comes down with a sudden case of diarrhea. Even when your pet is taking dog supplements, a digestive problem can still occur. Fortunately, there are some all natural home treatments that will come in handy with your pet travels. If your pet is suddenly ill in this way, you can help him or her by replenishing the animal’s electrolyte levels. The best way to do this is by giving your pet the same thing that helps athletes and babies restore their own electrolytes. Flavorless sports waters or pediatric drinks will rehydrate your pet and soothe an upset tummy.
Cedar Oil for Fleas and Ticks
Cedar oil is a common treatment for most pests of the insect world, yet it’s safe for our pets. As a natural and non-toxic substance, cedar oil won’t harm honey bees or butterflies but will repel and kill fleas and ticks. As with any substance, your dog or cat may be sensitive to cedar oil, so it’s best to test a small area first. Watch for a reaction and, if you spot any adverse reactions, take the animal to your veterinarian immediately.
Cedar oil is specially manufactured for use on dogs in spray form. It’s important to follow the instructions from the manufacturer in determining how much to spray and what areas of the animal can be treated. In applying it to the face, it’s best to spray a clean rag or cloth and rub it onto the pet’s face that way. This allows you to ensure none of the solution gets into the animal’s eyes or mouth.
Alleviate Itchy Skin with This Trick
Dog allergies can produce some unpretty side effects, including a constant itch that can produce hot spots and other skin irritations. It’s easy to nip that itching in the bud with this home remedy, however. Brew a pot of Chamomile tea and, once it cools, transfer it to a spray bottle. When your pet starts scratching, spray the irritated area with the cooled tea. Your pet will leave that raw skin alone and give it time to heal.
When something goes wrong for your dog people often jump to the worst case scenario but you have to remember that dogs are studry creatures! Don’t freak out and spend way more money than you need at the vet, trying quick fixes like there or other remedies that are their version of “over-the-couter” treatment can save you time, money, and stress!
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