Benadryl (diphenhydramine) - is an antihistamine that is commonly used for itching and allergic reactions. Dogs that have had a bee sting, insect bite or vaccination reaction often need a dose of Benadryl® to calm itchiness, facial swelling or hives. The dose is based on your dog's weight, so check with your veterinarian; he or she can tell you how much Benadryl® you can give and how often. (rule of thumb 1- 25 mg pill for each 25 pounds of dog)

 Pepto Bismol - Every dog owner knows about vomiting, diarrhea and gas. Sometimes a dose of Pepto-Bismol or Kaopectate can solve a mild case of stomach or intestinal upset. However, Pepto-Bismol contains salicylates, the active ingredient in aspirin, so dogs that are aspirin sensitive should be given Kaopectate. Any vomiting or diarrhea that persists for more than 24 hours needs your veterinarian's attention. Be sure to mention if you have given any Pepto-Bismol to your dog; the tablet form of Pepto-Bismol looks just like a quarter on X-rays.

Triple Antibiotic Ointment - Topical antibacterial ointment is great for superficial wounds, such as cuts and scratches. It works best when the wound is located where the dog can't lick it since most dogs will lick off any salve you apply. It is not a good treatment for deep wounds, especially if they are dirty or bleeding, or the result of a bite. These need veterinary attention.

Bandage & Tape - It can be challenging to bandage a bleeding wound on your pet. Most often an old sock and electrical tape are cleverly used as bandages when an emergency arises. Keep a pack of clean or sterile gauze and some medical tape handy. Most bleeding wounds require pressure and tape will help keep the gauze in place.
Quick Stop – This is a styptic powder with benzocaine.  Quick stop is moistened with a cotton swab and applied to a cut, nail or other superficial bleeding area to quickly stop bleeding.


Biocaine – Biocaine is a first aid lotion formulated to provide cleansing, debriding, antibacterial action for minor cuts, burns and abrasions.   It soothes irritateded skin, relieves pain, reduces swelling and promotes healing.


EMT Gel – This is a lifesaver for me.   EMT gel is for chronic and acute wounds (i.e. an open cut on the ear or other body part that will not heal).  It works like magic.  It can be purchased at for a cheap price.

"The chase" Photo by: Padraicyclops
Pet Medicine Cabinet

Ever wonder what kind of “medicine cabinet” you need to have for your dog?  We don’t often think about what we should have “on hand’ at home for our dogs.    Below is a list of items that could come in handy in case of an emergency.  Having these medications on hand is only half the job. Calling your pet's doctor for proper instructions and potential side effects is the other. Never give your pet any medicine prescribed for people unless instructed by your veterinarian. 


"The Chase" Photography by:
Patrick McArdle

Animal Poison Control Center : 1-888-426-4435

Pet Loss Hotline 1-508-839-7966

Angell Memorial Emergency Phone 1-671-522-7282

Tufts Vets Walpole Emergency Phone 1-508-668-5454

Tufts Vets Grafton Emergency Phone 1-508-839-5395

Ocean State, Rhode Island (401) 886-OSVS (6787)

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