Friday, January 27, 2012

Household products for Pets

     I had a conversation with a friend last night about her sick cat.  He had issues aiming into the litter box.  The cat had a funny smell to him so she decided to give him a bath.  The only problem is, the stores were closed.  She didn't have any cat shampoo.  So, she did some research on-line and discovered you can use Dawn liquid detergent.  I guess this makes sense since they use to show those commercials where they used the detergent to clean and rescue the oil-spilled animals.  This made me wonder what else can use around the house?  Oh, before I forget, it is not recommended to use the Dawn soap all the time. 

Dr. Becker from recommends:

Benadryl Use: Benadryl works well if your pet has an allergic reaction, but only if your vet says it's OK to use.
Dosage: 25 milligrams for pets up to 30 pounds, 50 mg for pets up to 80 pounds and 75 mg for pets over 80 pounds. Use one dose every six hours.

Hydrogen Peroxide
Use: Hydrogen peroxide can be used to induce vomiting if your pet has gotten into something he shouldn't. It's important that you use the 3 percent solution -- you'll find that information right on the label.
Dosage: One teaspoon for every five pounds, up to five tablespoons. It's a good idea to write down how much your pet can take and post it on the fridge or somewhere easy to find, because when you need to induce vomiting, it's usually an emergency and you don't want to waste time doing the math.

(Vet feeds an oil soaked bird with Pepto-Bismol)

Use: For an upset stomach, you can use Pepto-Bismol for dogs, but never cats. Pepto-Bismol contains an aspirin like substance that cats can't tolerate.
Dosage: A child's dose, as indicated on the package, for every 40 pounds of pet. So if your dog is 10 pounds, you'd use a quarter dose; an 80-pound dog would get two doses.
Corn Starch or All-Purpose Flour: Most of us have these items in our cupboards, and they are great to stop minor bleeding, such as bleeding around your pet's nails. Just pack it on, and it will stop the bleeding and soak up the blood.
Contact Lens Saline Solution: You can use contact lens solution to flush out wounds. The solution is basically saline, which is what is used in emergency rooms to clean out wounds.

Baking Soda: This is great for treating bee stings in pets and people. Bees leave a stinger attached to a venom sac, and you want to remove the stinger without breaking the sac. Mix some baking soda and water into a paste, let it dry, and then use a credit card to gently scrape out the stinger.

Betadine Solution (an antiseptic):  This is a safe iodine solution often kept around the house as an antiseptic to use on cuts to clean and prevent infection.

1 comment:

  1. Great post! That's so good to know about baking soda and flour for cuts and wounds. Had NO's so simple and easy! Thanks!