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SIMPLE MEDICINE CHEST IMPORTANT ADDITION TO DOG-RELATED SUPPLIES
When people acquire a puppy, they soon assemble a supply of collars and
leads, water bowls, bedding, toys, food, and doggy treats. Ofen overlooked,
however, are simple first-aid supplies which can go a long way toward alleviating
anxiety when fido regurgitates his breakfast or doesn't seem his perky self.
While an excellent working relationship with a competent veterinarian
is the best way to ensure the ongoing good health of your dog, here are
some basic supplies that dog owners should have in their medicine chests:
- A rectal thermometer. The normal body temperature for an adult dog
is between 101 and 102 degrees F (slightly higher for puppies). If you
have to call your vet to report symptoms, knowing whether or not your dog
has a fever is important information.
- Gauze pads and bandage tape. Once in a while, a wound needs wrapping,
either temporarily or until a dog can be delivered to the vet. Hopefully,
these supplies will be unnecessary, but they come in handy at the most
- Buffered aspirin, to be given at a dosage recommended by your veterinarian.
For dogs with arthritis or muscle aches, as little as half a buffered aspirin
a day can work wonders.
- Pepto Bismol. There are specific dog-related products available through
catalogues or pet-supply houses, but this common household medicine can
be beneficial in calming an upset stomach.
- Tweezers. If you live in tick country, this tool is a must for removing
the pesky critters. They may also come in handy for removing splinters.
- Quik Stop or some similar product. Despite what your dog may tell you,
cutting a quick while nail trimming is not a tragedy. However, something
that immediately stops the blood flow eliminates the mess and makes everyone
feel better. (A cookie helps, too.)
ANTIC, March, 1998
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