Even man’s best friend gets sick from time to time. While some diseases can be kept away from dogs by vaccination, others often come as a surprise. Therefore, it makes sense to have a set of medicines at home.
What Diseases Can Dogs Have?
The dog’s gastrointestinal tract is particularly sensitive so sooner or later every dog owner will be confronted with diarrhea in their dog. Constipation, vomiting, and heartburn are also not uncommon.
Problems with the musculoskeletal system also often occur, arthrosis being the best-known example. Bladder infections, false pregnancies, respiratory and eye problems, and allergies are also common. Many dogs also suffer from anal gland problems.
Which Illnesses Can the Owner Treat Themselves?
Owners can initially treat diarrhea themselves by having the dog fast for 24 hours. After this period of fasting, careful feeding with special bland foods is recommended: rice, chicken, and carrot mash show good results.
The first symptoms of osteoarthritis can be treated well with natural remedies. Slight lameness caused by jumping can be treated by the dog owner.
However, most diseases require veterinary treatment, respiratory and eye problems, allergies, cystitis, and false pregnancies should be clarified by a specialist.
How and with which medicines and home remedies can the typical diseases be treated?
If the dog tends to have conjunctivitis, this can be treated with Euphrasia (eyebright). Traumeel and Zeel are recommended for bruises, sore muscles, and other joint and tendon problems. Problems with the musculoskeletal system can also be treated with vitamin B tablets. Especially with joint problems, the administration of green-lipped mussel powder and devil’s claw has also proven to be effective.
Nux Vomica, charcoal tablets, healing earth, and gastrosel can be given against diarrhea and vomiting. Charcoal tablets are also useful as a first-aid measure if the dog has ingested poison.
What is the Best Way to Administer Medication to Dogs?
When administering medication, the approach depends on the form of the medicine. Medications typically come in tablet and liquid forms. Basically, care should be taken to ensure that the medication is administered without haste and is a positive experience for the dog. Medications in liquid form are most easily drawn up in a syringe and given into the mouth. The dog’s head should be raised slightly and the liquid gently squirted into the mouth.
It makes sense to hide pills in a piece of liverwurst. Many dogs quickly see through this trick and sort out the pills. It is, therefore, easiest to give the tablet directly into the dog’s mouth. The mouth is carefully opened with the thumb and the tablet is pushed into the mouth. The head should remain slightly elevated and not released until the dog has swallowed.
Where Can These Drugs be Bought?
In any case, it is advisable for dog owners to put together a small dog pharmacy. Since local pharmacies rarely carry all the medications for dogs mentioned here, it makes sense to order them online from a provider such as a shop pharmacy.
If the veterinary pharmacy is put together sensibly for the dog, in many cases there is no need to visit a veterinarian. In addition to the medications mentioned here, the veterinary pharmacy may also have bandages available if, for example, the dog steps on a broken piece of glass and injures itself. A veterinarian does not always have to be consulted, especially for the initial treatment of minor ailments. However, if you are not sure whether the measures you have taken are sufficient, then going to the doctor is of course mandatory.