When your dog needs medication, it's up to you to keep it healthy. Here are guidelines for giving pills and liquid meds to your pet.
Giving your dog a pill doesn't have to turn into a wrestling match with your pet. Here are some safe and simple ways to give your dog medication.
Setting the Stage A good way to restrain your dog while administering medication is to hold it between your arm and chest, securing its neck. Then, if possible, have a helper open the dog's mouth and insert the pill. It also helps if you position your dog on a table just as your veterinarian would do in the office. Make sure the dog has no risk of falling off, but having it off the floor will make it a lot easier to handle.
Patience is the key to giving your dog liquid medication.
If your dog hates the process of pill insertion, you can try disguising pills as special treats -- in ground meat, cheese, etc. Or, look for special pill pockets at your local veterinarian or pet store. They are specially designed treats with a cavity where you can hide a treat.
Mixing drugs (either liquid or powder) with your pet's rations is not recommended. When a drug is specifically designed to be mixed with food, adding fish oil or chicken fat can help camouflage the taste. Or, mix the medicine with a small portion of your pet's food and give it those rations first, so it gets the full dosage. Always check with your veterinarian about what foods you can mix with drugs and what time of day is best for administering a specific medicine.
Also, never empty the powder out of capsules or grind up coated tablets to make them more palatable. Doing so can keep your pet from absorbing the medicine properly.
If your pet resents being given mediations, don't worry. Sooner or later, persistence will pay off. But don't start a wrestling match with your pet, or it will become much harder to treat in the future. Also, never be tempted to give your pet medication intended for humans. Give your pet only medications that are prescribed.