human medicine good for dogsAs a dog owner, you know that sometimes your pooch simply doesn’t feel well. While it’s always a good idea to have your dog checked out by a veterinarian when they don’t feel well, there are plenty of home remedies and products you can use to help treat them at home. The following are just a few medications and products that are safe for your dog. Remember that home medicines can vary in difficulty to administer based on the behavior and level of trust in your dog.

Sunblock

Like you, the harmful UV rays can cause damage to your dog’s skin. If your dog will be spending a decent amount of time outdoors, it’s a good idea to put sunblock on your dog to keep them from becoming burnt.

If your dog were to become sunburnt, it could put them in a great deal of pain and even cause their skin to itch. Make sure you put enough sunblock on your dog and rub it thoroughly into their fur. You should also be sure to put the sunblock on their paws too.

Benadryl

If your dog suffers from allergies, you can treat their symptoms with the use of Benadryl. Benadryl can help alleviate any itching or sneezing your dog experiences when in contact with their allergens. The amount of medication your dog should receive will depend on their weight, so you will want to check with your vet first to ensure you’re giving your dog the proper dosage.

Pepto-Bismol

If your dog is experiencing bouts of diarrhea or vomiting, Pepto-Bismol can help to cure their stomach issues and alleviate the vomiting and diarrhea. You should give your dog about 1 teaspoonful for every 20 pounds of weight, and you can give them Pepto-Bismol every six hours.

Dramamine

Does your dog experience motion sickness? If so, you can curb that motion sickness by giving your dog Dramamine. Dramamine is an antihistamine that prevents motion sickness. If you’re going to use it, make sure you give your dog the right dosage about 30 minutes prior to getting in the car, boat or plane so that it has ample time to kick in.

Hydrocortisone Creams

If your dog is experiencing dry, itchy skin, you can cure the itch with the use of hydrocortisone creams. These creams can be applied directly to the site that is irritating your dog, but keep in mind that your dog may lick the area and wipe the cream away. For this reason, you will want to try to cover the area after you apply the cream to ensure it has time to soak in and work.

Neosporin/Antibiotic Creams

Neosporin or other antibiotic creams can be extremely useful to help cure minor cuts and scrapes on your dog. If your dog has a small injury, you can apply Neosporin or antibiotic cream to the affected area and cover it up with a bandage. These creams will work the same way on your dog as they do on you and can help to heal the wound more quickly and keep it from becoming infected.

Written by Eli Whittingham