POISONS

Q: What should I do if my dog or cat swallows something poisonous? A: Call your veterinarian ASAP. Induce vomitting as soon as possible if it has been less than 4 hours since the poison was ingested. To induce vomitting you can administer hydrogen peroxide as follows: 1mL / lb body weight. (1 teaspoon = 5mL, 1 tablespoon = 3 teaspoons = 15mL, 1 cup = 8 tablespoons = 120mL) After administering the hydrogen peroxide you need to "shake" your pet's stomach to expedite the vomitting.

HUMAN MEDICATIONS

Q: Which human medications are safe to administer to my pet? A: This answer varies by individual circumstance. What may be safely given to one pet in one circumstance may harm another pet in another circumstance. Please call your veterinarian to get this question answered.

VACCINES

Q: What is the minimum age for cats and dogs to be vaccinated for rabies? A: 12 weeks of age. This is controlled by state laws. Check with the state where you reside. Q: At what age should puppies or kittens begin vaccinations? A: 6 weeks of age with 3-4 week intervals between the subsequent boosters. Q: Which vaccines can I administer myself and what are the drawbacks to DIY vaccinations? A: You can administer the vaccines available over the counter at IFA and Calranch. However, if you give the vaccines yourself, the veterinarian cannot print a vaccine certificate to validate the vaccines for legal purposes. Q: Are there vaccines that I cannot legally administer myself? A: Yes. The rabies vaccine must be administered under the supervision of the veterinarian.