Owning a pet means you have to ensure it is perfect health. In case of illnesses, you have to be in charge of giving it the meds. 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.
You will not struggle much when it comes to liquid medication. It is more preferred than pills and capsules. You only need to part its lips, then pour in the medication. The swallowing reaction will see to it that they receive the medication adequately. You may also find medication that 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. You then place the pill as far back into the mouth as possible. Then hold the mouth closed for a while. You can also blow on its nose, which will make it feel like swallowing. Be careful how you blow on its nose, since it does not feel great. A more aggressive dog may react violently.
You can hide the medications in the pet food. The dog may not notice it, and thus swallow it along with its food. Ask the vet if you can crush the meds and properly mix it in the food. You can also dip it in honey, peanut butter, or some other nice treat.
You can also make use of a dog pill plunger. This device is meant for giving the pet food. It works better for opening the pet’s mouth as you give it the meds. 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.
With pill pockets, you and the pet shall have a much easier and safer time when giving the pet its medication. These are treats that are designed with some space for carrying the medication. This space is ideal for hiding the medication, which lessens the burden of giving the medication. They come in several flavors, which eases the burden of giving the medication. They also have some vitamins as an ingredient, which is good for the pet’s health.
It a good practice to follow up the medication with a treat. It’ll be easier to medicate them next time. Follow what the packaging has guided you to.