If you own a dog as a pet, you will be in charge of its health and wellness. You will have to ensure it receives its medication when it is sick. 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.
In case it is liquid medication, you will have an easier time. Liquid medicine tends to be easier to give than tablets and capsules. All you have to do is to part its lips and gently pour in the medication. The induced swallowing sensation will see to it that the medication gets swallowed adequately. You may also find medication that can be mixed with its food.
If it is pills and capsules, a way to give it would be direct, by hand. 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. When it is open, take the pill and place it as far back as you can. You then remove your fingers and hold its mouth closed for some time. You can also blow on its nose, which will make it feel like swallowing. Watch how you blow on its nose. If it is an aggressive dog; it may harm you.
You can also hide it in its food. This method works when the dog has no idea what it just took. There are also tablets you can crush and mix with the food, if the vet allows. You can also dip it in honey, peanut butter, or some other nice treat.
There is also a dog pill plunger device you can use. This device is meant for giving the pet food. It is safer for your fingers when it comes to opening the dog’s mouth. All you have to do is place the pill on the tip, then insert the plunger into the dog’s mouth. As you push the plunger, it shall let go of the pill into the mouth. You then keep the mouth shut for some time.
Pill pockets present the most elegant and safe way of 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 are in many different flavors, making your choices easier. 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. Make sure you follow the instructions on the packaging of the medication carriers.