Pet Health FAQs
What should I do if I think my dog has heat stroke?
If your dog has been in the heat and is lethargic or in a stupor, check the color of the gums. If your pet's gums are dark (brick) red he/she may have heat stroke. You need to cool your pet by placing them in tepid (NOT COLD) water and place a fan near them. Take your pet's rectal temperature and call the hospital. The normal temperature for a cat or dog should not be greater than 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Pets with temperatures greater than 109 may not recover. Remember to start cooling your pet with tepid water and a fan before transporting to the closest veterinary hospital.
My Dog has been hit by a car! What do I do?
Every animal that has been hit by a car should be seen at an animal hospital immediately. Even pets that seem OK could have internal damage that could lead to death if left untreated. Every pet should receive shock therapy, observation and radiographs of the chest and abdomen. Don't wait! A pet that could be saved may die if you take the "lets wait and see" approach.
What do I do if My Pet has Diarrhea?
After withholding food and giving water only for 12 hours, start the bland diet below. Call the animal hospital if the stomach upset continues.
- 2 Parts boiled white rice
- 1 Part boiled skinless (boneless) chicken OR 1 Part boiled lean hamburger
- Leave in separate containers and mix only when serving
- Food can be warmed slightly prior to feeding
- Give 4-5 small meals a day.
- Amount should equal the animal's normal daily quantity of food
Continue diet 3-4 days or until stool appears normal, then slowly change back to regular diet, mixing 1/4 regular diet with 3/4 bland diet 2-3 days, then 1/2 regular diet with 1/2 bland diet for 2-3 days. Then 3/4 regular diet with 1/4 bland diet for 2-3 days. Continue to gradually reduce bland diet until back to regular diet.
Kaopectate: Plain Flavor
- 1 tsp per 10 lbs
- Up to 4 times a day after diarrhea episode
- Do not give if giving Proviable Paste