Some of you may have read my review of the Canine Equipment Ultimate Trail Pack with a twinge of concern. In it, I mention several types of human over-the-counter medication as being part of Maestro's medicine cabinet.
Some human medications are safe for pets. Before putting together your pet's medicine cabinet, there are two concerns: the medicine itself and the dosage.
First, it is important to be aware of which types of medication is safe for pet consumption. Veterinarian Dr. Patty Khuly has a really good list of 10 OTC medication that are safe for pets. Walker Valley Vet includes dosage recommendations on their list.
Conversely, the ASPCA has published a list of the Top 10 Human Medications that are Poisonous to Pets. Keep in mind that what is safe for a dog isn't necessarily safe for a cat.
My dog's travel first aid kit contains the following:
- Benadryl for hay fever and other allergies
- Gas-X for gas and bloat prevention (Maestro prefers it over Pepto-Bismol)
- activated charcoal in case of poisoning or really bad stomach upset
- a small spray bottle containing Vetericyn Universal Wound & Infection HydroGel Spray
- Little Noses Nasal Spray
- a styptic pencil
- eye and tear stain swabs
- ear swabs
- dosage syringe
At home, he has his own bottle of hydrogen peroxide, witch hazel and Self Adhering Flexible Bandage. The latter has come in handy because Maestro pulled a muscle during his walk yesterday.