At Guthrie Pet Hospital, we answer lots of pet health questions every day. The staff of Guthrie Pet Hospital came up with a list of five of the most common health questions. Dr. Anna Coffin reveals these common questions and the answers.
Common Pet Health Questions And Answers.
Trimming a pet’s nail too short is a common problem that even happens to trained professionals. Pet professionals usually have styptic pencils or Quick Stop powder, but most people don’t have this in their home. A bar of soap, flour or corn starch are common household items that can be applied to a bleeding toenail to help stop the bleeding.
2. My pet got sprayed by a skunk. How do I get rid of the smell?
The first thing Dr. Anna Coffin recommends is bathing your pet with Head and Shoulder’s shampoo.
Then mix the following:
1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon liquid soap (like Dawn)
Work the solution into a thick lather on the dog. Leave lather on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse off. DO NOT STORE this mixture as it can explode!
The most important thing with vomiting or diarrhea is to give the intestinal tract a rest by withholding food for 24 hours. If your pet is vomiting water, remove that also. Feed a bland diet of boiled, boneless, skinless chicken and rice for a few days. One dose of Immodium AD can be given if the diarrhea is severe. Ask your veterinarian for a proper dose. If vomiting continues after the withdrawal of food or water, see your veterinarian immediately.
4. My pet just ate ______. What should I do?
Contact your veterinarian, Pet Poison Hotline or ASPCA for all health questions related to poisoning. If you are instructed to induce vomiting, this can be accomplished by giving hydrogen peroxide. Use approximately one teaspoon for every five pounds of body weight up to a maximum of four tablespoons. If the animal does not vomit after 15 minutes, repeat.
The most important part of proper flea control program is treating every pet and the environment. Dr. Anna Coffin recommends using medication from your veterinarian because these products are more effective. For more information on fleas check out some of Dr. Anna’s blog posts.
The staff at Guthrie Pet Hospital hopes that the answers to these common pet health questions will help you the next time you have a problem with your pet. Dr. Anna Coffin always recommends checking with your veterinarian about any health problem, especially problems that are persisting despite your current treatment.