19179 Blanco Rd. Ste #104 San Antonio, Tx 210-764-2400
Basic Home Care
You can give Benadryl. We dose Benadryl at 1mg (milligram) per pound of dog/cat. The standard adult strength of Benadryl is 25mg and the children's strength is 12.5mg. So, for example, if your dog weighs 23 pounds- give 1 adult strength Benadryl, then call us.
Or liquid Benadryl is 12.5mg per teaspoon. FYI- 1 teaspoon = 5 mls (milliliters). So you would give 1 teaspoon per 12 pounds of dog. We don't recommend using the liquid due to the bad flavor.
Give Hydrogen Peroxide orally until your pet vomits. Some pets require a tablespoon, some pets require many tablespoons. We recommend giving a tablespoon every few minutes while watching for signs of impending vomiting (drooling, licking chops, hunching in vomit posture, etc.) Then call us.
The secret to treating diarrhea (usually) is to withhold food for 12 hours after the last bout of diarrhea. You can give water. Then after the 12 hours and if your pet isn't vomiting, feed boiled white rice and/or bland chicken (no skin ever.) If pet vomits- call us. If diarrhea persists- call us. Remember- the #1 cause of diarrhea is due to something that the family feeds the pet (different dog food, people food, treat, etc.) The #2 cause is other indiscretionary ingestion (deer poop, something in yard, neighbor's garbage, etc.)
Probably tapeworm segments. Commonly, owners mistake maggots in old poop for tapeworm segments. If unsure, check a fresh poop sample for the flat white small moving parasite. Or lift the pet's tail and check for dried hard rice-like attachments in the fur. Tapeworms are easily treated with our broad spectrum oral dewormer. They are caused by your pet ingesting fleas. Or rodents. Usually fleas. Treat your pet with a flea product Advantage Multi, Advantix, Revolution, Trifexis, Comfortis, etc. to prevent fleas and tapeworm re-infection.
We have ticks in our area. Never attempt to remove a tick with your bare hands! Ticks cause disease and you are at risk. Also, never attempt to remove a tick with a hot match. Burns, singed fur and upset dog will result and the tick will only laugh at you.
Do apply rubbing alcohol to the tick, give it a few seconds, then using tweezers, gently pull the tick outward . The alcohol will cause the tick to detach from the dog's skin. Flush the tick. Then apply a tick prevention product or tick collar. Ticks like to hide in dog's ears and between the toes.
If your dog smells unusually bad there are a few common problems you can check for. Lift the ears and look inside. Any discharge means infection. Healthy ears shouldn't smell bad or have redness or discharge. Lift the pet's lips and look at the teeth/gums. Red gums or heavy tartar on the teeth can mean oral infection. Lift the tail. Look for swelling or discharge around the anus. Dogs and cats have glands that empty while having a bowel movement. Occasionally, the glands empty unexpectedly leaving a fishy substance behind. Less commonly, the anal glands become infected. If you are unable to locate the odor, call us.
After being sprayed by a skunk, your dog will smell bad for a long time, even after a skunk spray bath. Make sure to check your dog's eyes for excessive blinking/winking. Skunks often spray their oil into the dog's face and eyes. If so, flush the eyes with water, then call us. Otherwise, a good bath with our skunk spray recipe will help. First, bathe dog in dishwashing liquid. Dishwashing liquid is an excellent degreaser and will remove some of the skunk spray oils. Then using a sponge or wash cloth, apply a mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda to the dog's stinkiest areas. Then rinse. The odor will have been reduced but will linger for weeks, unfortunately.
Never give your pet Tylenol, Advil or any other human pain reliever without talking with us or Dr. James first.