When you have a dog, it’s essential to keep certain medicines on hand just in case an emergency arises. If a dog eats something toxic and needs to induce vomiting, or if they have cuts or scrapes that need to be cleaned and bandaged, you want the ability to take care of them immediately without having to make a trip to the veterinarian. While many medications can help treat common conditions in dogs, here are six must-have items for your dog’s first aid kit.
Flea, Heartworm, and Tick Medicines
If you have a dog, it is crucial to have the appropriate medicines on hand. Several common medications are used to combat fleas, ticks, and heartworms in dogs. The most common medication for these parasites is Frontline Plus or Advantage II for fleas and ticks. These products are available over-the-counter without a prescription at most pet stores and veterinarians’ offices.
Heartgard Plus tablets also contain Ivermectin which kills off worms in dogs but does not prevent them from returning. It’s either due to their life cycle being too short or because another host animal may carry some around onto your yard/pavement, where it could infect other animals who come into contact with yours later on down the line.
Benadryl is an antihistamine that can help relieve itching and other symptoms of allergies. It can also help reduce the severity of minor skin reactions to insect bites or stings. Benadryl is not used to treat skin infections, so if your dog has one, you should consult your veterinarian for treatment options.
If you use Benadryl regularly, it’s a good idea to keep extra on hand in case you run out or your pet needs it more than once daily. Some people find that their pets are more comfortable with liquid forms of this medication because they’re easier to administer without having the animal drink too much at once (which could cause vomiting).
Deramaxx and Rimadyl
There are a couple of common medications that you can get from your vet for your dog. The first is a pain reliever, Deramaxx, and the second is an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), Rimadyl. Both of these work well to treat arthritis in dogs and other ailments, but they do have some risks associated with them as well.
Like all drugs—human or canine—these medications will have side effects if taken without guidance from a veterinarian and may even be dangerous if not used correctly by either pet owner or vet. These medications come with warnings about potential side effects and possible severe reactions if overdosed. Therefore you must discuss these options with your veterinarian before starting any course of treatment with them yourself.
Apoquel for dogs is a prescription medication used to treat allergies in dogs. It is an antihistamine that blocks the body’s production of histamines responsible for allergic reactions. The drug can be administered orally and comes in the form of tablets or capsules.
Your vet may prescribe Apoquel for dogs when your dog has been diagnosed with atopy (a hereditary disease where a dog has an immune reaction to common substances like pollen, dust mites, food, and other substances) or causalgia (an acute inflammatory condition caused by nerve injury).
Antibiotics are used to treat a variety of infections caused by bacteria. They are not the same as steroids, which treat inflammation in the body. Antibiotics can be given orally or by injection, depending on the type and severity of the infection. Some antibiotics are also available over-the-counter (OTC).
The primary use of antibiotics is to treat bacterial infections (for example, sore throats). But they are also prescribed as a treatment for other infections such as fungal infections (ringworm) or viral illnesses like colds and flu.
OTC anti-nausea medication
OTC anti-nausea medication is an absolute necessity for any dog owner. If your dog has a sensitive stomach —common in dogs— the chances are that they will experience some form of vomiting at some point in their life. The OTC anti-nausea medication can help alleviate the symptoms and prevent them from worsening.
If your dog suffers from nausea, medications are available with unique formulas designed specifically for dogs with sensitive stomachs. This type of drug is often found in combination with other types of medications because they work better together than they do alone. And finally, if you have a dog who vomits frequently, prescription medications are available that may be more effective than over-the-counter options and come with fewer side effects.
There are a lot of different ways that dogs can experience pain. They might have arthritis or an injury or be in heat and have cramps. You’ll know if your dog is in pain when they act differently than normal. They may limp, show signs of anxiety, or refuse to move much at all. Give some pain relief immediately if you see any of these signs in your pup after giving them food or water.
As a dog owner, you need to have these medicines in your home to help your dog recover. If you have them, you can provide immediate treatment if your dog is injured or ill. In other words, they are the first line of defense against life-threatening conditions. With these medications on hand, you can save time and money when it comes to veterinary care.