Home treatments administered by pet owners may be contraindicated and damaging to animal health, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus, who outlines three such mistakes. According to Dr. Hohenhaus, hydrogen peroxide is sometimes directed by a veterinarian to be used as an emetic, but it should not be used to clean wounds. Rubbing alcohol is an irritating, drying agent that should not be used on infected ears. Finally, rubber bands are not for use on pets under any circumstances because they can have terrible, painful consequences, Dr. Hohenhaus notes.
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