If you own a dog as a pet, you will be in charge of its health and wellness. If it falls ill, you may have to give it medication. Just like people, dogs also hate taking medication, and you shall, therefore, need a way to make sure it has swallowed it, if it is to get better.
Liquid medicine is usually not that hard to give. It is more preferred than pills and capsules. All you have to do is to part its lips and gently pour in the medication. The swallowing reaction will see to it that they receive the medication adequately. You can also confirm with the vet if the liquid can be mixed with its food.
You may be forced, if it is pills, to give it by hand directly. You will need to tilt its head upwards, then using your index and thumb fingers on the upper jaw behind the canines, make it open its mouth. Once it is open, you place the pill as far back into the mouth as possible. You then remove your fingers and hold its mouth closed for some time. When you blow on its nose, it shall feel like swallowing. Watch how you blow on its nose. If it is an aggressive dog; it may harm you.
There is also the option of hiding the medication in the pet food. The dog may not notice it, and thus swallow it along with its food. Some of these medications can be crushed and mixed with the food. You should use its favorite food, or a treat like honey, peanut butter, or some other nice thing.
You can also make use of a dog pill plunger. It is specifically designed to administer pet medications. It eliminates the risk of your fingers being bitten when you pry open its mouth. All you have to do is place the pill on the tip, then insert the plunger into the dog’s mouth. It is by pushing the plunger that the medication gets administered into the mouth. You can then hold the mouth closed for a while.
Pill pockets present the most elegant and safe way of giving the pet its medication. They are basically dog treats that have a hollow section for inserting the medication. The pocket is a great place for hiding the medication, which makes the administering work easy. They are in many different flavors, making your choices easier. Some have vitamins added to them, which is good for the pet’s health.
It is advisable to give the dog a treat after it has taken its medication well. You will not have a hard time giving them medication next time you have to. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging of the medication carriers.