We are in the home stretch of getting Oliver (and ourselves) outfitted for life aboard, and most recently met with our vet for Oliver’s annual exam and checkup. (Side note – Oliver’s Titer test/certificate came back with flying colors so now we can check that item off our list).
While we were at the vet getting Oliver up to date on all the necessary shots required for entry into various Caribbean islands, we also stocked Oliver’s medicine cabinet with several key prescriptions and got the lowdown on plenty of over-the-counter first aid products we should keep on board for him too.
I actually started the doggie Rx convo awhile back with our awesome vet, Dr. Stacey at Animal Oasis here in Naples, knowing that Oliver has historically been prone to semi-regular skin/ear issues. We want to make sure we have the necessary meds on board if and when we need to treat him in the islands. We also want to take the proactive steps now to keep his little poodle face healthy and happy while we’re sailing through the Caribbean.
Okay, let’s be real people. Oliver’s medicine cabinet has actually grown to be quite a bit larger than either Jereme’s or my own! And he’s just a little 20lb. fluffy poodle. How is that even possible?
We’ve stocked Oliver’s doggie medicine cabinet with the following key prescriptions:
- Cephalexin – antibiotic
- Cerenia – anti-nausea medication
- Heartguard – heartworm medication
- Tramadol – pain reliever
- Virbantel – dewormer
- Zymox – enzyme system for chronic ear and skin issues
And, we’ll have the following “over-the-counter” first aid items on board for Oliver:
- Frontline (flea + tick)
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Epsom Salts
- Sterile bandages/guaze
- Butterfly closures
- Petroleum jelly
- Ear drying solution
- Baby aspirin
- All the gear for grooming (clippers (fur+nails), doggie shampoo, toothpaste, etc.)
We also plan to have a few key food items on board in case Oliver has any gastro issues. This includes things like canned pumpkin, white rice, and wheat bran.
We’ll be making one final vet visit immediately before we set sail to get a freshly dated international health certificate and a USDA-endorsed cert (that is required at a few countries we plan to visit).
Soon, we’ll have a legit cruising dog with all the gear, meds, and certificates to prove it! 😉
PS – Why am I always the one stuck doing the dirty job of taking Oliver places he would rather not go (i.e. the groomers and the vet)? Although Oliver usually doesn’t totally hate going to the vet because he gets to chill with other waiting room dogs, this time he wasn’t such a happy camper! I really don’t blame him considering he had to get his blood drawn for the annual heartworm test and shot up with 3 different vaccinations, plus a nose spray one. I knew Oliver was super pissed this time around because after his appointment, instead of jumping in the car and happily laying on my lap, he hopped in the car and walked to the very very back (seats were folded down in the Jeep) and laid down facing backwards. Poor thing! (But don’t worry, he’s feeling like his old self already today!)
PSS – I’m pretty sure we’ve spent way more $$$ on Oliver’s health and well-being than our own. 😉