Saturday, November 12, 2011

A DOGABLY PAWFECT MEDICINE CHEST

Don't forget about our four legged veterans too.
Truvy came through her surgery just fine and is back to her usual self if 
a bit more clingy. She has her stitches removed later this week.


While your veterinarian diagnoses and prescribes for your dog's health issues, canine first aid as well as minor problems may benefit from human medicines. Let's face it, Fido rarely tears a claw or eats something iffy during regular clinic hours, so it's helpful to know how to use your pantry supplies and human medicine chest to help your dog. Some people prescriptions can be dangerous (especially for cats!) so it's a good idea to have a handy list.

First aid and home remedies don't replace proper veterinary care, but they can keep dogs more comfy until medical care is available. And sometimes a home remedy is all that's needed. Even if human meds work on dogs, the doses usually are lower due to the smaller size of the dog. Your vet can tell you the exact dose needed for your specific pet but here are some common human medicines that benefit dogs.

30 Common Human Medicines for Dogs
• A & D Ointment: antibacterial for scrapes and wounds.
• Anbesol: topical anesthetic for mouth pain
• Artificial Tears: eye lubricant
• Aveeno Oatmeal Bath: soothing rinse for itchy skin
• Benadryl: antihistamine for bug bites-also makes pets sleepy
• Betadine: antiseptic for cleansing/soaking wounds or injuries
• Bufferin or Baby Aspirin: pain relief
• Burow's solution: topical antiseptic
• Caladryl: soothing topical for pain or itching
• Cortaid: anti-itch cream
• Desitin: for skin inflammation
• Dramamine: helpful for car sickness, nausea
• Dulcolax: for constipation
• Epsom salts: for soothing soak for sore paws
• Ipecac Syrup: to make dog vomit
• Kaopectate: to control diarrhea
• Lanacane: topical anesthetic
• Massengill Disposable Douche: body odor/skunk spray
• Metamucil (unflavored): for constipation
• Mylanta Liquid: for digestive problems and/or gas
• Neosporin: to help prevent wound infection
• Pedialyte: counteracts dehydration
• Pepcid AC: to control vomiting
• Pepto-Bismol: for diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
• Phillips' Milk of Magnesia: for constipation
• Preparation H: soothes sore bottom
• Robitussin Pediatric Cough Formula: cough suppressant
• Solarcaine: topical anesthetic, helpful for sunburn
• Vicks VapoRub: for congestion
• Witch hazel: topical antiseptic

23 Helpful Household Items
In the best of all possible worlds, emergencies never happen or if they do, dog owners have a professional medical kit handy. These should be stocked with sterile gauze pads in different sizes, elastic Ace bandages, needle-less syringes and eyedroppers for medication and even stretchers. You can buy commercial kits from pet supply stores and catalogues or put together your own, and it's very helpful to have a handy pet first aid how-to guide handy.

But all too often pet owners don't think about being prepared until after the first emergency. If you find yourself faced with a doggy health crises you may be surprised how many everyday items around the house or in your pantry can be helpful.

• Blanket/cookie sheet/ironing board: stretcher
• Bubble Wrap: stabilize leg fracture/injury
• Canned Pumpkin: for constipation or diarrhea
• Condoms: to cover injured/bleeding paw
• Dawn Dishwashing Soap: decontaminate fur
• Heat pad: for arthritis/aches
• Hose/sink spray: flushing wounds
• Hydrogen peroxide (3%): given orally to prompt vomiting
• Ice bag/frozen peas: topical pain control
• Karo syrup/honey: for shock
• KY Jelly: lubricant such as for eye out of socket
• Olive oil: to suffocate/kill ear mites
• Pliers: remove porcupine quills/foreign object in mouth
• Pantyhose/necktie: muzzle
• Mustache trimmer: clip fur around wounds
• Needle/Safety pin: acupuncture CPR
• Teabags, soaked and cooled: to treat hot spots
• Turkey baster: flush wounds, give liquid medicine
• Rectal thermometer
• Saran Wrap: seals wounds, holds bandage together without sticking to fur
• Sterile Saline Solution: flush wounds, eye injuries
• Squirt gun, squeeze bottle: give liquid medicine/flush wounds
• Yogurt: settle digestion, control gas

Amy D. Shojai is a certified animal behavior consultant and the award-winning author of 23 pet care books, including The First-Aid Companion for Dogs & Cats. Amy also appears on Animal Planet's CATS-101 and DOGS-101, writes for puppies.About.com and lives in North Texas with a senior citizen Siamese and smart-aleck German shepherd dog. Read her blog on Red Room. 



Visit our other doggie-friends:
Peter at Tippin' the Scales, David @ Alokoli,
Ray @ Ray’s Cowboys and Nick @ Homo Eroticus  [both NSFW]
and Rick‘s @ Its a Ruff Ruff World,
and join in all the doggy fun.

Friday, November 11, 2011

CHILDHOOD CRUSHES: DON GRADY


Don Grady was Robbie Douglas, the oldest of Fred MacMurray's three sons, on My Three Sons. Of course he was very cute with that hair, tight little body (I find short can be very sexy) and that cleft chin. Besides looks, what I think attracted me most to his character was how loving and protective a brother he was and I wanted him to be mine and protect me from the bullies at school.



My Three Sons also proved to be a bit confusing or reassuring depending on how you look at it because I love and wanted to be married to a girl like Robbie's wife Katie or Chip's wife Polly.


Katie

Polly


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

I MADE IT

I guess I'm just too tired to get worked up into a hurricane. I never thought that they'd use Sean as one of the names for Tropical Storms or Hurricanes and if they did, there'd never be enough storms to reach my name. Wrong on both counts. After spending the first 20 years of my life never meeting/hearing of another Sean and always having it pronounced as seen, I find this very cool.

MUG SHOT WEDNESDAY

#1

#2

#3
Grab my ears...I know what to do!

#4
Don't hate me because of my beautiful ginger hair!

#5

#6

#7

#8

#9

#10
I'd say jail bait but he's already there.

#11
Gotta be computer crime.

#12
I'm ready for you to fill in my eyebrows now.

Monday, November 7, 2011

HOME SWEET HOME

Truvy is home safe and sound. A little shell-shocked but otherwise okay. Her daddy is doing much better too and has finally stopped crying every time he talked about her. I've been a bit emotional the last few weeks.

Thanks for all the kind thoughts and words. They were very comforting.

IT'S ALL I CAN SAY


Thank you is all I can say to the many thoughtful, caring comments and emails I have received concerning the health of myself and my family. They mean so much and have brought many tears. In a weird way, it's comforting to read the journey's others have had with their loved ones and to know I'm not alone. Who says you can't count on the kindness of strangers or at least people you have yet to meet in person.

I'm not sure how I did this but somehow I'm able to read my emails on my newish HTC phone but haven't a clue as to how to respond to them. So I do read your comments but by the time I can respond to them on my computer, I haven't the mental energy.

I'm about to take Truvy for a long walk to drain some energy so she is calmer going into surgery this morning. At 12, I take mom to the cardiologist and then if all goes well (and I expect it will) I'll pick Truvy up around 3pm. It was a long night with little sleep. Truvy has never been left with anyone but friends and family since we found each other 9 years ago.  I'll take some pics if I can. I think the cone will be the worst part of all.

Thanks!  Sean

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