It is very important to be prepared for any emergency will a well-stocked pet first aid kit and the number for animal poison control in an easy to find location, especially if you have a dog-sitter for your pet while you’re away:
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
(available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year)
$65 consultation fee
If your pet has ingested a poisonous substance, call Animal Poision Control (above) and refer to you pet first aid handbook. While you wouldn’t think it, some ingested poisons are not advisable to induce vomiting so be sure to check the label of the ingested substance before attempting.
According to BARF World’s “Dog First Aid Handbook”:
“If you know the ingested poisonous substance, follow the directions on the label. If it tells you to “induce vomiting”, give the dog one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide orally for every 10 lb. of his body weight. Use the syringe included in the your K-911 Pet First Aid Kit and get the solution down his throat. He should begin to vomit in about 10 minutes after ingestion of the hydrogen peroxide solution. If not, repeat the process.
Be aware that hydrogen peroxide is very caustic and can cause your dog stomach upset. Also, bloody vomit is very common with hydrogen peroxide use. After your pet has recovered, give some Nux Vom and wait 12 hours before offering any food or water. After 12 hours give him a small amount of water mixed with Luxolite then begin to offer small amounts of food over time.”
Lastly, make a list of all foods your pet is allergic to and keep detailed instructions of any medications your pet is taking so that whoever is watching your dog while you’re away will not risk overdosing your pet.
Hopefully these tips will give you peace of mind when traveling away from your beloved canine friend.
Al Skender is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He’s a self-proclaimed expert on the German Shepherd breed, owning several of them throughout his life. He enjoys being outdoors and prefers it to being stuck in front of the television, unless The Office or CSI is on. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet monthly e-zine at barfworld.com/ezine