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    Smile What You Should Always Have on Hand for Doggy Health Issues

    It has occurred to me that many people do not have a lot of things around the house that can be used for minor health issues when it comes to dogs. I'd like to propose a basic list that perhaps Morgan can sticky in the health forum, that especially new dog owners can access. I'd like people to add to the list.

    I'm talking about minor issues, like itchy skin, abrasions etc, with the proviso that if unsure see your vet! And I thought maybe at the end of the list we could have a section of what to do in an emergency, eg what to do if your dog sustains a bad cut, how to stem the bleeding while transporting to the vet, what to do if you think your dog has been bitten by a snake etc.


    So my list for a basic "health kit" which I am sure I will add to would be:

    Saline solution
    Swabs
    Cotton Wool
    Betadine
    Bandage or Vetwrap
    Aloe Vera (plant or lotion)
    Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment
    Malaseb
    Aloveen Shampoo/Conditioner
    Quikstop (if you cut your own dogs nails)


    What else should be included?

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    White Vinegar for killing ticks (once off the dog!) and cleaning up mess?

    A tick remover? I have a battery operated one, works like tweezers and once the tick has been removed you press a button and it electrocutes the tick. You have to remove it from the dog first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angela's Gone Batty View Post
    White Vinegar for killing ticks (once off the dog!) and cleaning up mess?

    A tick remover? I have a battery operated one, works like tweezers and once the tick has been removed you press a button and it electrocutes the tick. You have to remove it from the dog first!
    Hmm I don't know if I'd remove one myself if there was a risk of it being a paralysis tick - I have never lived in a paralysis tick area, but the one time I have had a dog with one (took him to a tick area silly me), I raced off to the vet. By the time I got there his back legs were going.

    My advice over the years to people regarding ticks is that if you find one and you can't identify whether it's a bush tick or a paralysis tick is to go to the vet immediately.

    OTOH, if it's only bush ticks then a tick remover is a great idea, I think it depends WHERE you live.

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    Vet's number on speed dial.
    Pre mix of cornflour and cayenne pepper (stops bleeding, cayenne pepper does not sting, tis a mild anticoagulant and antiseptic) I have this in the bird's first aid kit for bitten toes, bloodfeather. Google it.

    A syringe..no needle for quick rehydration

    Snake bite...plunge into bath or laundry tub of water ot thourough hose wetting, wet towel wrap and straight to vet.
    ( had to do this on vets advice when I found my cat flat from brown snake bite. the water plunge and wet towel slow the venom. This cat was flat and unresponsive but alive, it was also an hour to the vet. Very expensive anti venom and a 50 50 chance, the skitso bitch is still with me)

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Hmm I don't know if I'd remove one myself if there was a risk of it being a paralysis tick - I have never lived in a paralysis tick area, but the one time I have had a dog with one (took him to a tick area silly me), I raced off to the vet. By the time I got there his back legs were going.

    My advice over the years to people regarding ticks is that if you find one and you can't identify whether it's a bush tick or a paralysis tick is to go to the vet immediately.

    OTOH, if it's only bush ticks then a tick remover is a great idea, I think it depends WHERE you live.
    I've never had a problem with a paralysis tick and I've always lived in p.tick areas. The only two I've found weren't long attached and I have been taught (by a bush vet) how to remove a tick properly, so I think you're right. Vinegar is still useful for leeches too though

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    I've got first aid kits of varying equipment. I've got lots of bandage but can't imagine any of it staying on Frosty very long. Maybe I should have a bucket / elizabethan collar in my kit.

    If you've got a major bleed - womens things are quite good for blocking them up. Eg tampons and pads.

    I guess I could make some saline or I think some of my first aid kits have. I've never used it or wanted it for anything. Betadine - only used on um, a wart or carpet burn or something? Haven't used it for ages.

    use the Aloe Vera often.

    I use voltarin on me when I get mozzie bites but not game to use it on hound. It is "anti inflamatory" - useless on my joints but works great on mozzie bites and itches.

    Lead ropes
    towels
    water
    gloves
    cups/containers
    kleenex
    tp (toilet paper)
    old sheets
    leatherman - pliers, pocket knife etc.

    all live in my car and would be quite handy if there is a major car trauma thing.

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    Ang, will pass on the vinegar tip to a friend who has moved to a leech area!

    Hy, I don't have any aloe vera (I will get some though) so betadine comes in handy for minor cuts and scrapes (common when you have greys with paper thin skin).

    Saline solution (either premixed or I make up a solution) I use to flush/cleanse wounds before applying betadine. I also have found it's great for flushing infected eyes - I had a boarder here that came with an eye infection, he suffers dry eye, so twice a day I would clean, flush with saline, apply eye meds, then apply eye lubricant. I found the flushing brought up any gunk that couldn't be easily seen which meant the meds worked faster.

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    Awesome Grey! Thanks! This is a really good thread for new-dog owners and a cetain noob <cough> myself <cough> LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Hmm I don't know if I'd remove one myself if there was a risk of it being a paralysis tick - I have never lived in a paralysis tick area, but the one time I have had a dog with one (took him to a tick area silly me), I raced off to the vet. By the time I got there his back legs were going.

    My advice over the years to people regarding ticks is that if you find one and you can't identify whether it's a bush tick or a paralysis tick is to go to the vet immediately.

    OTOH, if it's only bush ticks then a tick remover is a great idea, I think it depends WHERE you live.
    Yup, it's simple, pour the vinegar straight on the leech and it will fall off and die. Salt does the same thing, but it's not as effective. Works on everyone and everything.

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    Great thread Greys ....

    Apple Cider Vinegar in their food/water daily to assist with flea eradication

    Arnica for bumps, bruises, muscle strain. My lot get a dose am & pm Sat & Sun to iron out any niggles they may have picked up during the week

    Lectade for instant hydration

    Sulphur I mix with lard to make a paste & give it to them am & pm for 3 days when they've ingested something they shouldn't have or are bit off colour, but not sick enough to whip off to the vets. After 3 days (or sooner), they pass the object or thing that's been bothering them either through their mouth or anally.

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