Look no further than your kitchen pantry or medicine cabinet to take care of a pet emergency. However, you should always consult your vet first regarding your pet's situation and then he or she can suggest a home remedy for you to try. Depending on your pet's weight, your vet will determine what dosage you should give, then consult back with him or her in a couple days if the situation worsens or doesn't improve.
- Poison Control:
If your pet has gotten into something poisonous, hydrogen peroxide can induce vomiting. Give one teaspoon per five pounds of body weight; the process may be repeated once. Mineral oil and milk of magnesia can be used for toxin ingestion.
- Bee Stings and Benadryl:
For a bee sting, remove the stinger by scraping the area with a credit card, and apply a baking soda paste as a poultice. For an allergic reaction, administer a dosage of Benadryl (1 mg/lb) every six hours.
- When Lightning Strikes:
If your pet suffers anxiety during a thunderstorm, it likely isn't because of the flashes of light or the sound, but a buildup of static electricity in his coat. Rub a dryer sheet on the coat to remove the static electricity.
- Calm a Dog’s Upset Stomach:
Use Pepto Bismol to help with an upset stomach and vomiting. Use this only for dogs, though; it contains an aspirin-like substance, which is bad for cats. The dose for a dog (either liquid or tablets) is a child's dose for every 40 pounds of body weight every six hours. For example: A 10-pound dog would receive one-quarter of a child's dose, and an 80-pound dog would receive twice the amount of a child's dose.
- Keep It Moving:
Canned pumpkin (without spices) can help with constipation. You can also use Dulcolax or Metamucil.
- Moisturizer for Minor Cuts and Winter Temperatures:
Use petroleum jelly on cuts or to prevent ice formation. Rub it on the affected area to protect a wound from further contamination. You can also place it between the animal's pads or toes during the winter to prevent ice formation.
- Salt to Heal a Wound:
Create a soak using Epsom salts for wound treatment as well as irritated, itchy skin.