Plan ahead! Have the following items at your fingertips.

  • Absorbent cotton
  • Gauze and bandages
  • Bandage scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • Tweezers
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Corn syrup
  • Laxatone
  • Cautery powder/styptic pen
  • Ice pack
  • Syringe
  • Eye flush (contact lens solution)
  • Ear Cleaners
  • Antihistamine (Diphenhydramine- such as Benadryl)
  • ASA (such as Aspirin)
  • Dimenhydrinate (such as Gravol)
  • Bismuth subsalicylate (such as Pepto-Bismol)
  • Antibiotic creams (such as Polysporin)
  • Cough Suppressant (dextromethorphan)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Dog toothpaste

Note: medication should be given based on your dog’s size.

Small :  <25lbs (<11kg)
Medium: 25-60lbs (11kg-27kg)
Large: 60-100lbs (27kg-45.5 kg)
Giant: >100lbs (>45.5 kg)

A general dosage can be calculated based on the number of mL or mg per Kg of weight. However, large dogs will metabolize medications more slowly than smaller dogs. The maximum dosage should not exceed the recommended human adult dosage on the package.

A rule of thumb:

Small dogs:  <1/2 the child’s dose
Medium dogs:       = the child’s dose
Large/Giant dogs: < or equal to the adult dosage

Although some human medications can be used for your dog, do NOT experiment. CONSULT YOUR VETERINARIAN.

***Information taken from the book “Do I Need to see the Vet/ For both Puppies and Adult Dogs’ written by Dr. Bob Porter and Dr. Wendy Ing ***