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Tips for a Healthy Pet

Updated on November 29, 2014

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Pet Health and Safety

When it comes to our pets, we have a strong desire to protect and take care of our four legged babies. How do we keep them safe and healthy? It starts at home; preventing illness is the best way to stop an issue before it becomes a problem. The first thing that you as a pet owner needs to do is to ensure that the home is pet safe. When you look around your home you will need to think about what might be harmful to your pet. Do you have any medications that need to be put up out of reach? Make sure that your medicine cabinet is closed and inaccessible to your pet.

The trash or garbage can is another source of a problem for your pet. You should always keep the garbage can covered or out of reach of your pet. The garbage may smell like a smorgasbord to your pet, but in reality there are a lot of things that can harm or possibly kill your pet.

Take care to keep household products away from your pet things like cleaners, pesticides, and antifreeze. Cats like the taste of antifreeze so they will drink it, and it will kill them.

Home Remedies for your Pet

What to do for your pet if they are experiencing pain or discomfort from arthritis or running a fever? You can give your dog ¼ of a 325 milligram buffered aspirin per 10 pounds of weight twice a day. The buffered aspirin is the best because it prevents the irritation of the stomach lining in your pet.

*Alert!! Aspirin is extremely dangerous to cats never give it to your cat without the veterinarian’s approval.

Never give your cat or dog acetaminophen or ibuprofen they are dangerous to your pet and the veterinarian will tell you never to use them on your pet.

If your pet has an upset stomach, you can give it Kaopectate this will help with digestive problems. The amount to be given can vary, and you should consult your veterinarian.

Peto-Bismol is another thing that you can give your dog with digestive problems, but never give this to your cat because it contains ingredients that they will have trouble metabolizing. You can give your dog one teaspoon per 20 pounds of weight every 4 to 6 hours.

Are you getting prepared to go on a trip, and you know that your pet will get motion sick you can give them dimenhydrinate (Dramamine)? A small dog or cat can be given 12.5 milligrams and medium to large dogs can be given 25 to 50 milligrams at least 30 minutes before travel is to occur. Caution, if your pet has glaucoma or bladder problems it can be hazardous to your pet you should consult your veterinarian.

Accidents

When you have a cat or dog it's not always possible to prevent an accident, so when and if it occurs you should have some certain first-aid things on hand. You can get your pet first aid supplies at your local pet store.

1. First and foremost you should keep your veterinarian’s telephone number and emergency number close or in your phone.

2. I keep a first aid manual handy for Emergency Care for cats and dogs.

3. Gauze rolls or pads

4. Adhesive tape

5. Absorbent cotton

6. Scissors, with rounded tips

7. Hydrogen peroxide

8. Antibiotic ointment

9. Eyewash

10. Tweezers

11. Rectal thermometer

12. Syringe without the needle, to give oral medications

13. Antihistamine liquid

Weekly Body Rub

Your pet will love this, and it should be done weekly or more often. What does a body rub for your pet accomplish? This will help to comfort and relax your pet helping you to be able to find any signs of a problem for your pet. When you rub your hands over your pet’s body, (gently) you will be able to find any evidence of swelling, flaking of the skin, scabs, lumps or bumps on your pet.

This will give you a heads up and help you find things like parasites, allergies, or any sign of a skin disorder. Lumps and bumps can be a sign of natural aging, but it can also be a warning or cancer or heart trouble.

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      Shelly Wyatt 3 years ago from Maryland

      thanks matthewmorin I just like to help people understand the problems a pet can face. Sometime these things can be overlooked, not on purpose, but because we are not trained to understand what may be going on.

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      Matthew Morin 3 years ago from Australia

      I have pets too at home. I always see to it that they are happy, clean and healthy. Thanks for these tips.