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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Keep It Moving
Canned pumpkin (without spices) can help with constipation. You can also use Dulcolax or Metamucil.
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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.
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Salt to Heal a Wound
Create a soak using Epsom salts for wound treatment as well as irritated, itchy skin.