How to Give Your Dog a Pill
Giving your dog medication may not be as difficult as you think. Follow these
simple steps, the more times you do it, the easier it will get.
- Open your dog's mouth by placing one hand over the top of his
muzzle. With your thumb and forefingers just behind the upper canine teeth,
squeeze firmly in and up. This should open the dog's mouth.
- With your other hand, hold the pill between your thumb and
forefinger and gently press down on the lower jaw. With the mouth wide open
place the pill as far back on the tongue as possible, pushing it even
further with your index finger.
- Close your dog's mouth and hold the muzzle closed while your dog
swallows. You can help by gently stroking you dog's throat downward. Also
you can tap his nose with your finger or blow gently on his nose. This can
cause him to lick his own nose and swallow. Be sure to give plenty of praise
each time your dog swallows a pill.
The more quickly you perform the above steps, the better.|
||Film coated pills work the best. They go down easier and don't dissolve
||If you cannot get the pill down, try disguising it in a food that your
dog loves, such as peanut butter, crème cheese, or liver sausage. Be sure to
check with your veterinarian; as some medications should not be taken with
||Do not give your dog "human" medications. Some of them, such as ibuprofen,
can be harmful or even fatal to dogs. |
||Always follow your veterinarian's medication instructions completely, no
matter how quickly your dog seems to be getting better. |