Talk to your veterinarian before you treat your pet at home.
Peppermint and catnip: are wonderful remedies to treat nausea and car sickness.
Peppermint also regulates peristalsis, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory
bowel disease. It has a digestive benefit that can serve as a mild appetite stimulant to dogs and cats. It may help with some form of vomiting in cats.
Glycerin based peppermint can be given to dogs. Use the dosage by body weight according to the guidelines on the label. Also ginger or gingersnap is especially helpful for car sickness. Give the dog peppermint tea, in a bowl, that is lukewarm or room temperature.
Medihoney: is honey that contains an enzyme that is believed to prevent resistant bacterial infections in dogs.
Glucosamine supplements: you can start with Cosequin. If that is not enough for your dog, there is Adequan Canine, which is not available for cats. It soothes and lubricates the joints naturally reducing inflammation and pain by reducing friction. It actually helps to rebuild cartilage in the damaged joints.
Acupuncture: can help a dog suffering from arthritis or injuries.
Chocolate: dark chocolate, or milk chocolate if ingested in large amounts is Dangerous.
Glucosamine Joints Supplements: Glucosamine is a tasty product that usually only causes diarrhea.
In rare cases liver failure can develop.
Grapes and Raisins: causes kidney damage in dogs.
Insect bait stations: rarely poisons dogs. There is a risk when the dog swallows the plastic casing.
NSAIDs: dogs don't metabolize these kind of drugs well. Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Advil, Motrin, and Aleve resulting in stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
Over the counter cough, cold and allergy medications: pseudoephedrine or phenylephrine are particularly toxic.
Prescription ADD/ADHD medications: Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, and Vyvanse can cause tremors, seizures, cardiac problems and death in pets.
Rodenticides mouse poison: causes internal bleeding or brain swelling, even in small amounts.
Silica gel packets and oxygen absorbers: Silica gel packs, are rarely a concern. Iron containing oxygen absorbers, like beef jerky or pet treats, are a real threat which can cause iron poisoning.
Xylitol: sweetener, sugarless gum, candy, medications and nasal spray cause a rapid drop in the blood sugar and liver failure only in dogs.
Antidepressants: Cymbalta and Effexor, cats are drawn to those medications. Can cause severe neurologic and cardiac effects.
Flea and tick spot-on products for dogs: can cause tremors, seizures and can be deadly to cats.
Glow sticks and glow jewelry: Those toys have a chemical called dibutyl phthalate. When you're pet puts it in it's mouth, pain and excessive foaming occur. The signs quickly resolve when the cat eats or drinks water.
Household cleaners: like toilet bowl or drain cleaners can cause chemical burns.
Lilies: like Easter, Tiger, and Asiatic lilies. Can cause kidney failure in cats.
NSAIDs: cats are sensitive to drugs like ibuprofen and naproxen. Rimadyl and Meloxicam should be used with caution..
Over the counter cough, cold and allergy medications: Tylenol is toxic. Damages red blood cells and causes liver failure.
Plants containing insoluble calcium oxalate crystals: like peace lily, philodendron, and pothos can cause oral, upper GI irritation, foaming at the mouth, and inflammation when ingested. Severe symptoms are uncommon.
Prescription ADD/ADHD medications: like Adderall, Concerta, Dexedrine, Vyvanse can cause tremors, seizures, cardiac problems and death.
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