Most pet owners do once in a while experience that their animal gets unwell or hurt. Naturally you should ALWAYS see your veterinarian if you suspect illness.
Some things are good to have ready in your ‘pet pharmacy’. It is good to be prepared, in case the damage is done and you can take immediate action – preferably after consulting the veterinarian.
Check list for your ’pet pharmacy’ at home
- Thermometer for checking your pet’s temperature. The temperature is taken in the pet’s behind
- Cotton sock to e.g. protect a paw that has had a cut. Use sport tape to keep the sock in place
- Salt water solution from the pharmacy to rinse eyes. The same kind that you would use for your own eyes
- Ear rinse for cleaning the ears. Do a daily smell check of your pet’s ears. Do they smell – or are they dirty? Clean with ear rinse on a cotton pad or a soft gauze tampon
- Mild soap to clean paws and scars
- A cone to prevent the snout from coming in touch with the body. This way you can prevent your pet from worsening the injury. You can buy a so-called ‘swim ring’ or a funnel shaped plastic collar
- Psyllium seed can be bought in most supermarkets. A little ‘seed’ in the food can help your pet if it has a light diarrhoea
- Frozen light fish, canned cod roe, and rice can provide your pet with a special diet in case of vomiting or diarrhoea
- Special diet you can buy at the veterinarian’s office – as dry or wet food
- Disposable syringe to spurt a little food mixed with water in your pet’s mouth, if it does not want to eat
- Active coal if a poisoning is suspected
- Zinc ointment for smaller cuts and irritated skin
- Chlorhexidine wound cleansing for cleansing small wounds
- Chlorhexidine powder for smaller cuts
- Canned asparagus is given to the pet if it has swallowed a pointed object such as a bone or a shard of glass. The asparagus wraps itself around the object and helps it out through the alimentary canal
- Bag put in the freezer can be used as a cold compress (skal der noget I posen?)
- Tick remover to safely remove ticks from the animal
- Small scissors with blunt ends for cutting fur safely
- Prokolin/Zoolac/Diapaste can be bought over the counter and at the veterinarian’s office. A paste with lactic acid bacteria, which help overcoming stomach trouble
- Fluid nutritious food you can buy at the veterinarian’s office, useful if your pet has a small appetite
- Common sense when in doubt: bring your pet to the veterinarian. Common sense cannot be required online but is a result of real thoughts and objectivity. If you daily look and feel your animal you will know when it’s not well and if are not sure? Ask the vet, not google!
If you have one or more of these items at home, you are well prepared, if an accident occurs!
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