Sometimes your foster
dog may not feel quite up to par. I will list some remedies that
have helped a lot of dogs in the past, and the proper medications for
certain ailments. Our rescue is able to get medication at a
discounted price. If you need any of these medicines, please let
me know. Medication shipped by priority mail usually arrives the
next day or in two days maximum. I'm working on a first aid kit
for foster families so you will have some of these medications on hand,
just in case. If you need medications, please email
email@example.com or if you have a
question, please feel free to call Terri at 408-847-7419.
DIARRHEA - This is a
very common ailment, caused by a change of food, environment or stress.
It is also present when dogs have internal parasites and with some
Treatment: You can feed a bland diet - boiled hamburger with some
boiled rice - cottage cheese - plain yogurt.
Medications: Metronidazole is an intestinal antibiotic.
Dosage: 250 mg. for a 40-50 pound dog, every 12 hours.
This medication is also used for Giardia. Giardia needs to be
diagnosed by microscopic examination.
Dosage: Same as above.
Albon is for Coccidia. This will need to be diagnosed by
Dosage: One tablets for every 10 pounds of body weight for one day
One half tablet for every 10 pounds of body weight for 9 days.
Drontal Plus is a worm medicine to eliminate tapeworms, roundworms,
hookworms and whipworms.
We generally worm every dog that comes into rescue.
Dosage: 22.7mg. tablets - Body Weight
Number of Tablets
68.0mg. tablets - Body Weight Number of Tablets
We also have another medication that is
basically the same as Drontal, it is called Virbantel. This
medication comes in different strengths and the dosage will be noted on
prescription bottle if you are sent this
brand for your rescue dog.
HAIR LOSS - If you see a bare spot and
the skin is red and moist, chances are pretty good that it is a hot
spot. This is an area that the dog has chewed, usually in response
to a flea bite. Cleaning the area with some Hydrogen Peroxide will
help and you can put some Neosporin ointment on it. If you see
fleas, we have both Advantage and Frontline available for you.
If the bare spot is not red but there is
just hair loss, it is probably mange. There are two types of
mange. Demodectic mange, also called puppy mange or red mange.
Every dog is born with the demodectic mange mite. It usually
doesn't cause any trouble unless the dog is stressed and then the mite
becomes active. This is a self limiting reaction. It usually
takes about 3-4 weeks for it to run it's course but the hair will grow
back on it's own. There are medications for this but it still
takes the same amount of time to resolve itself, with or without
medication. Demodectic mange is not contagious!! Sarcoptic
mange is the second type. This type is not only contagious to
other dogs, people can get it too. If you see a bald spot on your
dog and then you start to itch (usually around your waist or a place
where clothing is tighter), this is Sarcoptic mange. They now have
an injection of ivermectin for the dogs which kills the mites
immediately. If you have the mites, they will go away on their
own. We don't see this type of mange very often so it's nothing to
worry about. Demodex is the most common.
LIMPING - If your dog starts to limp,
usually giving them a day to rest is always a good idea. These
dogs are so active, they run and jump and can pull a muscle or strain
themselves very easily. If a limp is persistent, even after a good
rest, then you should have it checked out. You can give the dog a
Buffered Aspirin (not Tylenol or Advil) regular Aspirin that is buffered
or tri-buffered. For a 40-45 pound dog, one tablet twice a day for
stiffness and pain. If you have a dog with arthritis, you can also
give them the Buffered Aspirin. Another option for the arthritic
dog is Glucosamine. Trader Joe's has a chewable Glucosamine tablet
for dogs. We have used this for dogs with arthritis as well as
back problems with much success.
ALLERGIC REACTIONS - I'm including this
because we've had three dogs in the past few months that have had an
allergic reaction, most likely to an insect bite. All of a sudden
their faces swelled. You first notice that they just don't look
the same and then you notice how tiny their eyes are and their muzzles
are all puffed up!!! Prednisone (a steroid) is one medication that
can be given. Up to one milligram per pound of the dog's weight.
If you have Benedryl tablets on hand, they can also be used. Give
one tablet and if the swelling hasn't started to come down in one hour,
you can give a second tablet. Benedryl can make them drowsy.
KENNEL COUGH - Most dogs coming out of
shelters have kennel cough. This is like a common cold in humans
and is very contagious to other dogs. If your dog has kennel
cough, it is best to leave them home so you won't expose other dogs.
We have several medications now for kennel cough.
Doxycycline 50mg. for dogs under 30 pounds. One tablet
every 12 hours for 1 day, one tablet daily for 5 days.
100mg. for dogs over 30 pounds. One tablet every 12 hours for 1
day, one tablet daily for 5 days.
Baytril - In some cases, Baytril will be combined with Doxycycline to
treat kennel cough. The recovery rate is very fast with this
combination (3-5 days) but is not given to dogs under one year of age.
Dosage will be described when this combination is suggested for your
Cephalexin- 250mg. for dogs under
30 pounds. One tablet every 12 hours for 10-14 days.
500mg. for dogs over 30 pounds. One tablet every 12 hours for
Orbax - 68 mg. for dogs
30 pounds. 1/2 tablet daily for 10 days.
68 mg. for dogs 60 pounds. 1 tablet daily for 10 days.
If you need any medical supplies, please
let me know. We have all the medications listed above plus
Advantage, Frontline and Heartgard.