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How To Help Your Dog Take His Medication

Cane Bay Summerville - Dog with VetGetting your dog to take his or her medicine can sometimes be a challenge. However, there are different methods you can try to help your dog take his medication and make the process a little less painful for you and your pet.

Below you will find a brief list of tips you can try to help make the medicine go down. First, be sure to talk with your vet about specific medication instructions.

For Pills and Capsules:

Put It In Food

If your dog’s medication can be taken with food, sticking the pill inside your pet’s food dish with his meal might be a good option. This method is ideal for the dog that eats extremely quickly and hardly has time to chew his food, because the pill can go straight down with the food, without your dog even having a chance to taste it. Crushing the pill over the food or placing liquid medication in your dog’s water is also an option. However, some dogs will eat around the pill. If this happens, you might need a bit more to mask the taste.

Hide It Inside A Treat

If your dog eats around the pill, try sticking it inside a small treat like soft cheese, peanut butter or cream cheese. This method works like a charm for our miniature schnauzer. We simply take his capsule and wrap it in a piece of soft cheese. We put the cheese inside the food bowl with his breakfast, and he eats it like he found an extra treat in his food dish instead of eating it like he is taking unsavory medication.

Use A Pill Dropper

Not all medication can be taken with food. If your dog’s medicine cannot be taken with food but your pooch has trouble getting the pill down, you can try using a pill dropper. According to Cesar’s Way, a pill dropper is similar to a syringe, except it drops a pill in your dog’s mouth instead of liquid medication. After tilting your dog’s head back and placing the pill in the mouth, Cesar’s Way suggests massaging your pet’s neck to help your pet swallow. With this method, it is extremely necessary to be cautious of gagging. Use care when using the pill dropper.

Use Your Hands

If you do not have access to a pill dropper, try using your hands in a similar fashion. Slightly tilt your dog’s head back and then place the pill in the mouth. Again, it is helpful to massage the throat and neck to help it go down.

For Liquid Medication:

Use Food

As with a pill or capsule, liquid medication can be put in your dog’s water or food. However, the taste of liquid medication can be much stronger than a pill, and so you may need to use human food to help mask the taste. We use bread and jam for our miniature schnauzer. The liquid medication we give him is high in sodium, and he doesn’t like to eat it alone. In order to get him to take it, we use a syringe to measure out the mediation, put it on a piece of bread and cover it with jam. He eats this just as easily as he eats the pill wrapped in cheese. It works like a charm.

Use A Syringe

A syringe is similar to the pill dropper in this case. Simply measure out how much liquid medication you need in the syringe, then empty the syringe into your dog’s mouth. Try rubbing the back of his head and petting him to relax your pet. Again, it may be helpful to rub his neck and throat area to encourage him to swallow.

Make sure to ask your vet if you have any questions about how the medication should be administered.

We hope you found this article helpful and have a successful time administering medication to your pet. Please feel free to share it with your friends.

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