This article was published in Vol.2 page12 of Pampered Pet Guide.
Dogs on the Outer Banks, like anywhere else, suffer from minor injuries and illnesses. Some can be treated by you, the dog owner, but, when in doubt, contact a veterinarian. Some of these injuries / illnesses include:
Any moist dermatitis caused by self-trauma from scratching or chewing, especially on a dog's face or hindquarters, can be classified as a "hot spot". Golden Retrievers are especially prone to these. Trim the hair over the lesion and clean with soup and water or peroxide. Apply any over the counter cortisone cream twice daily. See a vet if the condition worsens - often an injection of cortisone or a course of cortisone pills and antibiotics are required for complete relief.
Simple diarrhea in dogs can be treated with Kaopectate or Pepto-Bismol (approximately 1 tsp per 20 - 30 lbs. body weight) 3 or 4 times a day. You can also feed chicken and rice to help firm up the stool. If the diarrhea persists, or if it is accompanied by vomiting see a vet. Drinking salt water is a common cause of both diarrhea and vomiting in dogs; please bring along fresh drinking water if you take your dog to the beach.
Please use common sense when on vacation with your dog, and you will all enjoy your stay on the Outer Banks. However, if any injury or illness occurs with your dog during your vacation, there are several veterinarians here to help.
Chris Shea DMV
Martin's Point Veterinary Hospital