Home pet care do’s and don’ts, until you can get to the veterinary office

Dr. Cynthia Maro

Several years ago, a client brought a pet into the office in horrible condition. Their long-haired Dachshund had been itching horribly. They found fleas on the pet, and when bathing with a flea shampoo only worsened the itching, they turned to a friend who suggested an anti-itch remedy. 

The suggestion was to dilute Clorox in water and dip the dog in the solution. 

Not only did the pet stop itching almost immediately, but the remedy caused the dog to lose a great deal of skin over the next five days through chemical burns. It took three weeks of treatments for the pet to recover, but the poor dog had lots of scarring from the Clorox burns. 

The idea was a bad one, but I do understand that when a pet owner is sleep-deprived and their pet is miserable, they will often try anything to get their pet comfortable.  

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