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Siberian Huskies For Dummies

From Siberian Huskies For Dummies by Diane Morgan

Before you bring home a Siberian Husky, make a few purchases and assemble a first aid kit so you and your house are ready for a new dog. Study a few symptoms that require a call to your veterinarian, in case your Husky gets sick.

Items for Your Siberian Husky First Aid Kit

This list includes first aid kit items you should have in case your Siberian Husky needs medical attention. Keep your Husky's first aid kit in a travel case for easy storage and portability (for vacations, doggy play dates, etc.).

  • Ace bandage

  • Activated charcoal

  • Adhesive tape and gauze

  • Alcohol prep pads

  • Antibiotic ointment

  • Benadryl antihistamine (1 to 2 milligrams per pound, every 8 hours)

  • Buffered aspirin (5 milligrams per pound every 12 hours)

  • Cold pack

  • Cotton balls

  • Ear and oral syringe

  • Epsom salts

  • Eyewash

  • Gauze sponges

  • Hydrogen peroxide (to induce vomiting; 1 to 3 teaspoons every 10 minutes until the dog vomits)

  • Imodium A-D (1 milligram per 15 pounds, once or twice daily)

  • Kaopectate (1 milliliter per 1 pound every 2 hours)

  • Magnifying glass

  • Milk of magnesia, antacid and laxative

  • Mineral oil, laxative (5 to 30 milliliters per day)

  • Pepto-Bismol, anti-diarrheal (1 teaspoon per 5 pounds, every 6 hours) or tablets

  • Providone-iodine ointment

  • Rectal thermometer (specifically made for canine use)

  • Rubbing alcohol

  • Safety pins

  • Soft cloth muzzle

  • Scissors (small blunt-end type)

  • Splints

  • Tweezers or hemostat

  • Vaseline

Preparing to Bring Your Siberian Husky Home

To get your house ready for a Siberian Husky, purchase a few items that will keep your dog happy and safe — and prevent you from making last-minute trips to the pet store.

  • Collars and leashes

  • ID tags

  • Food and water dishes

  • Grooming tools (including a rake, a wide-toothed metal comb, a slicker brush, a pin brush, a dematting tool, a spray bottle filled with water, and a grooming table)

  • Dog bed

  • Gates (to restrict your Husky’s access to certain areas of the house, especially before he is completely house-trained)

  • Safe chew toys

  • Pet door (if you have a fenced yard for your Husky to enter)

  • Outdoor run or kennel

When to Call the Vet for Your Siberian Husky

If your Siberian Husky shows any of the following symptoms, it's time to call the vet. It could be a sign of something serious.

  • Blood in feces, urine, or vomit

  • Pale gums

  • Persistent coughing

  • Seizure or shaking

  • Prolonged lethargy

  • Unexplained weight loss

  • Refusal to eat (for 48 hours) or drink (for 12 hours)

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