Medicines and Supplies You Will Need on Your Shelf When You Bring Home a New Pup

Your new puppy is so cute it’s hard to think of anything bad happening. But eventually, you’ll get a call from your vet saying that your puppy needs some medicine. 

According to Pet Keen, more than 2 million dogs are adopted each year. If you are also one getting a new pup, make sure you’re prepared and have all of these items on hand before they become an emergency:


Advil is a brand name for ibuprofen, which is used to treat pain and inflammation. It’s safe for dogs, but you should always check with your vet before administering it.

Advil can be purchased over the counter at just about any pharmacy. You can also buy it online through websites like PetCareRx. PetCareRx offers a variety of pet medications, food, toys, accessories, and other products to meet all your new pup’s needs.


Gravol is an antihistamine used to treat allergies. If your pup reacts to something, like grass or pollen, it can help relieve their symptoms. 

Gravol comes in liquid form and as tablets that you can crush up and use for smaller dogs. It comes in different strengths, so you can find the right one for your pup’s size. 

Because it’s an antihistamine, Gravol may make your dog drowsy or tired, so be sure not to give this medicine unless necessary and always watch closely when giving them anything new.

Gravol comes in a variety of flavors, including strawberry-banana flavor, which most dogs love. Some dogs will take Gravol without food, while others won’t take it with food at all – so just keep this in mind depending on how picky yours might be.

Hydrogen Peroxide 3%

Hydrogen peroxide features in many a first aid kit, and for a good reason. This chemical can be used to clean wounds and remove germs, as well as a mouthwash. As per Grand View Research, the hydrogen peroxide market was worth USD 1.44 billion in 2020, and it is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% till 2028.

For your pup, you can use it as a gargle and externally clean any cuts or abrasions he or she might get after playing outside with his or her pals.

Flea and Tick Medication

To keep your pup healthy, it is important to keep his skin clean and his bedding clean. If you don’t keep your pup’s environment free of fleas and ticks, you will have a lot more work to do cleaning up messes in your home. 

As per Transparency Market Research, the global flea and tick product market was worth USD 5.8 billion in 2021, and it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 10.1% from 2022 to 2031. In 2031, its value is expected to be more than USD 16.4 billion.

To help prevent this from happening, give him some flea and tick preventive medication. The best medicine for this is NexGard Chewables. You can purchase it at any pet store or online from sites such as PetCareRx.

Children’s Benadryl

When you get a new puppy, it’s important to have the necessary items on hand. The first thing you should buy is some children’s Benadryl. Use this if your dog gets bitten by a flea and starts scratching excessively or if it seems like he is having an allergic reaction to the bites. You can give him one pill every six hours until he stops itching.

Remember, only give your dog this medication if he has been bitten by a flea in the last 48 hours. Do not administer without first confirming that he was indeed bitten by one of those pesky little insects.

Karo Syrup

You’ll need a bottle of Karo Syrup, which is used to make dog medicine. It’s easy to find at most grocery stores and can be mixed with water to give your dog some relief from the symptoms of common illnesses.

If you have a new puppy, you will likely need this medicine at some point or several points. If your pup gets sick or injured, Karo syrup can help him feel better faster.

Mixing Karo syrup with water is simple. Just add one tablespoon of Karo syrup to two cups of water. Stir until they’re fully combined. Then bring the mixture to a boil on medium-high heat until it begins bubbling gently (about three minutes). Remove from heat and let it cool down before giving it to your dog.

Small Syringe

It’s important to have a small syringe on hand when you get yourself a new pup so that you can administer medicine to them. It’s not hard to find these at any pharmacy. They’re cheap and easy to come by.

Generally speaking, the size of the syringe is going to depend on how big your dog is. The smallest ones might be appropriate for cats. But if you’re dealing with anything larger than a cat, like my German Shepherd mix or my Doberman Pinscher mix, then get something larger than 2mls (or even 4mls).


There are many medicines that you will need to keep on hand for your new canine friend. Most of these items are easily found in most stores and online at much lower prices than a vet visit would cost. 

The most important thing is not to wait until an emergency happens so that you can find the right medicine at home or have time off work while your dog recovers.

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