Just like humans, dogs can also sometimes engage in minor accidents around the house, backyard or neighborhood. When your dog gets a minor injury, what you don't realize is that there are ways on how to quickly treat it just by using products that you can find around your bathroom or kitchen cabinet.
8 Quick Tips For Treating Minor Dog Injuries and Illnesses
1. Nail Injury
A dog may slice up his nails in a variety of ways - anything from a too-close nail trim to running outside over sharp rocks.
What To Use: Styptic Powder
Put this in a bowl and dip the bleeding paw of your dog. If you don't have this at home, you can use cornstarch or flour instead. This will stop the bleeding of the injured paw of your dog.
2. Bee Sting
Our furry friends love to play outside and chances are they might get stung by a bee. A bee sting usually occurs in the face or in the paws of a dog. Not only is it painful, but it can also trigger some allergic reactions.
What To Use: Credit Card and Quercetin
Don't use tweezers to remove the bee stinger, instead use a credit card from your wallet. Scrape away the stinger and make sure the venom sac goes with it. If your dog has an allergic reaction, give him quercetin. If you don't have quercetin, then use Benadryl instead. Keep in mind that if your dog is experiencing a serious allergic reaction, then it is still best to go directly to your veterinarian as it needs to be treated immediately.
3. Indiscriminate Eating
If your dog has ingested something that is toxic, then you may need to induce vomiting. If you suspect that your dog has ingested poison, better call you vet or animal control right away.
What To Use: Hydrogen Peroxide
Only use the 3% hydrogen peroxide - the kind that you can buy from your local pharmacy. Dosage is one teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight. Your pet will typically vomit in a matter of 15 minutes. If he doesn't vomit within that time, you can give him another dose. If there's still no vomiting, then it's time to call your veterinarian.
4. Cuts and Scrapes
Dogs can easily get cuts and scrapes just from walking outside and running around the backyard.
What To Use: Contact Lens Saline Solution
You can clean and remove dirt and debris from your dog's minor wounds using contact lens saline solution. You can also use this to flush dirt, sand or other irritants from your dog's eyes.
5. Dangerously Low Blood Sugar In A Diabetic Dog
Dogs who have diabetes mellitus have a possibility to have a hypoglycemia attack that may end up to a diabetic coma.
What To Use: Honey
If your dog is experiencing a hypoglycemia attack, you may distinguish this if he starts to quiver or his body starts to shake, immediately grab your honey and rub a little on his gums. Make sure you're using pure honey and not corn syrup as the latter may contain genetically modified allergenic ingredients.
6. Thunderstorm Phobia
Many dogs are afraid of thunder and lighting. However, it is not just the sound that makes them anxious, it's also because of the static electricity that may give her little electric zaps that are unnerving.
What To Use: Steamy Room
Dogs who have thunderstorm phobia feel more comfortable when placed in a steamy/humid area. You can bring him in your bathroom while running hot water in the shower. Alternatively, you can also rub non-toxic dry sheets on his coat.
7. Minor Digestive Issues Such As Diarrhea, Constipation And Hairballs
Most dogs suffer from digestive issues from one time or another that takes a couple of days to disappear.
What To Use: Canned Pumpkin
Pumpkin is loaded with soluble fiber that can help ease diarrhea and constipation. Feed your dog at least 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight. Give this one to two times a day.
8. An Injured Pet That Might Bite
If your dog is injured or sick, it's important to protect yourself and the other people around him as he might bite someone in response to fear and pain.
What To Use: A Homemade Muzzle
Most dog owners don't own a muzzle. So if you feel that it's necessary to use one for you injured pet, then you can make and improvised it by using any strips of cloth such as a pair of tights or a man's necktie. Just lightly loop over your pet's nose and mouth, then cross it under his chin, and then tie it behind his ears.
These are just some of the home remedies that you can use for minor emergencies. However, if you think that your dog is in a much more serious condition, then it is still best to go to your veterinarian.