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#186986 - 10/30/09 05:45 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: JohnN]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
Originally Posted By: JohnN
Maggie had what looked like a severe embedded harness *and* embedded collar. She was found dragging a chain and pregnant. She has multiple severe scars all the way around her neck, her chest, shoulders, back, etc.

Despite all that she just licked up the shelter people while they were cleaning up her wounds (ouch) and remains a very calm, easygoing dog to this day.

Amazing disposition.


Dogs, and cats, are remarkable for many reasons. Perhaps most of all for their capacity to forgive humanity.

Maggie's now a lucky pup.


#186987 - 10/30/09 05:46 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: Dagny]
JohnN Offline
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Registered: 10/10/01
Posts: 966
Loc: Seattle, WA
Originally Posted By: Dagny
Whether it's in your First Aid kit or somewhere else, it'd be a good idea to have booties for your pups. At least a couple booties.

In case they injure a paw and to prevent injury to paws.

Can't say my pup is enthusiastic about booties but she's worn them.

Good point. Luckily, our dogs are well equipped. :-)

WRT getting dogs used to booties, directly after putting the boots on, go do something fun. Play ball, play frisbee, whatever you dog likes.

In most cases, they will quickly forget about the boots.


#186988 - 10/30/09 05:49 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: JohnN]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
The American Red Cross has a pet First Aid guide that may be worthwhile:


Hurricane Katrina advanced consideration of pets, and their owners, in future emergency situations. Seems we're seeing this in many regards.

The Red Cross also has a guide specific to cats.

#186989 - 10/30/09 05:51 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: Dagny]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
The Humane Society has a First Aid guide:


Everyone who shares a home with a dog should have a basic canine first-aid kit on hand. The HSUS recommends including:

* A good pet first-aid book
* Phone numbers:
o Veterinarian
o The nearest emergency veterinary clinic
o A poison-control center or hotline
* Paperwork:
o Proof of rabies vaccination status
o Copies of other important medical records
* Rectal thermometer (your dog's temperature should not rise above 103F or fall below 100F)
* Sterile gauze rolls and pads for bandages
* Adhesive tape
* Hydrogen peroxide
* Rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
* Over-the-counter antibiotic ointment
* Epsom salts
* Tweezers
* Petroleum jelly
* Antiseptic lotion, powder or spray
* A Nylon leash
* A carrier for small dogs
* Cotton balls or swabs
* Splints and tongue depressors
* Towels
* A muzzle or strips of cotton to prevent biting
* Penlight or flashlight
* Scissors
* Needle-nosed pliers
* Ice pack
* Plastic eyedropper or syringe
* Sterile saline solution
* Glucose paste or corn syrup
* Styptic powder or pencil (sold at veterinary hospitals and pet supply stores)
* Latex gloves
* Ear-cleaning solution
* Nail clippers

Edited by Dagny (10/30/09 06:06 PM)

#186990 - 10/30/09 05:56 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: JohnN]
7point82 Offline

Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 478
Loc: Oklahoma
Originally Posted By: JohnN
Amazing disposition.


What I've seen in Rotts has been much the same. Your words sum it up very succinctly.
"There is not a man of us who does not at times need a helping hand to be stretched out to him, and then shame upon him who will not stretch out the helping hand to his brother." -Theodore Roosevelt

#187019 - 10/30/09 11:11 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: 7point82]
GarlyDog Offline

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Registered: 04/05/07
Posts: 776
Loc: The People's Republic of IL
I would also keep a spare Elizabethan collar handy. They are really useful if your dog gets injured to keep them from making it worse before and after you visit the vet. Normally we get our spares from the vet.

#187123 - 11/01/09 05:14 AM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: Dagny]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
My vet says Benedryl is extremely safe for dogs, and you can overdose by quite a lot before you're pushing it. You can double the dose very safely, from 1mg to 2 mg per pound of body weight.

There is 12.5mg of the active ingredient diphenhydramine per 5ml/cc. You want the straight stuff, no additives. Liquid will be absorbed faster than a tablet.

Get a bottle of the liquid (elixir) and reserve it for the dog, figure out the dose, and write it on the label with a Sharpie. Tape an appropriately sized syringe to the bottle. If your dog is having a serious reaction to an insect sting (breathing problems), you don't want to have to stop and figure it at the time.

You can use it for insect stings (it's NOT effective for any kind of snake bite), airborne allergies like hay fever, and motion sickness in dogs (dogs only for this last), and allergic reactions to vaccinations. It tends to make the dog drowsy (sometimes it's useful just for calming, such as for thunderstorms) and that might last for quite a while, so don't put the dog in a dangerous situation where it could fall off an elevated deck or into water, etc. Keep the pet confined and keep a close eye on it.

Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction and tends to start immediately. Give the elixir immediately, as soon as you notice a problem, or the dog/cat will be fighting for breath so much that they won't swallow it (drooling can indicate they are fighting for air). Empty the contents of the syringe into the pocket formed by the animal's cheek and keep his muzzle just slightly elevated so he will swallow it instead of drooling it out; don't panic and squirt it directly into the back of the dog's throat and get him to choking, and don't hold his muzzle pointing up.

My vet said for just a local reaction (swollen muzzle, etc), give the 1mg/pound of body weight amount. If dog is having trouble breathing, immediately give the double dose. You may also want to put the dog in the car and get started for the vet. Sometimes the Benedryl alone isn't enough, and they have to use cortisone injections to reduce the swelling in the breathing passages.

If your dog has prostate problems, hyperthyroidism or glaucoma, your vet may not want you to use Benedryl. Talk to him/her before you have a problem, and find out what is safe to use.


#187124 - 11/01/09 05:26 AM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: Susan]
Susan Offline

Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
Emergency dog muzzle (halfway down the article - drawings): http://www.petfocused.com/articles/pet-health/pet-first-aid/common-pet-injuries.php

There is an Animal Poison Control Center (24 hrs) at (888) 426-4435. You'll need a credit card for the $65 fee.

The human Poison Control Center (24 hrs) is 1-800-222-1222 and is free. I've had to call them three times, and they were perfectly helpful each time. TELL THEM IT IS A PET! Don't say it's a kid or anything, they're okay with pets. Have approximate weight and the info on whatever they got into right at hand.


#187130 - 11/01/09 01:35 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: Susan]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC

That makeshift muzzle is excellent information to have.

Thanks, Susan.

#187208 - 11/02/09 06:21 PM Re: Pet Preparedness [Re: Dagny]
Dagny Offline

Registered: 11/25/08
Posts: 1916
Loc: Washington, DC
PUMPKIN -- a preparedness item for dogs.

When my pup was having anal gland problems my vet got me to start feeding her canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling).

She loves it and it significantly firmed up her stools to help the glands express naturally. Pumpkin is so helpful to dogs that I now always keep at least a couple big cans in the pantry.

Pumpkin alleviates constipation and diarrhea so it's essentially a First-Aid item. It can also help with weight loss if you substitute pumpkin for a portion of your dog's kibble.

Highly recommend throwing a couple cans in your shopping cart next time you're at the grocery. If your pup is not enamored with the pumpkin try mixing it with plain yogurt (also vet-recommended).


"...pumpkin, a trademark of Fall, is actually an excellent addition to a dog's diet. Canned pumpkin (in its pure form, with no added sugar or spices) is an excellent source of Vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.

"Pumpkin puree can help remedy both constipation and diarrhea, making it a useful tool for dogs with digestive issues. Small amounts go a long way (1-2 teaspoons for small dogs and 1-3 tablespoons for larger breed dogs), and typically, dogs enjoy the taste.

"to cut calories, consider adding some pumpkin puree to the diet as you cut back on the kibble. The added fiber will help fill up your dog without adding unwanted calories."

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