If your poor pet is sick, you will need to know how to give them the medicines, be they pills, gels, or liquids. Here are some techniques to do it!
How to Give Medicines to a Dog
When he is sick and following a treatment diagnosed by the vet, it seems that we do not have the tips to learn how to medicate a dog. We tried the usual tricks, like putting the pills on a piece of cheese, but did you know that this is not the best idea? Learn some techniques to ensure the total well-being of your faithful friend, achieving their most speedy recovery.
The Cheese Trick
We often hear that old advice: wrap the pill with some cheese, and give it to the animal. But this method is a bit outdated and not the most appropriate. Cheese is a dairy, and no animal consumes dairy products after the weaning of its mother. Our food has accustomed us to its consumption, but not that of dogs. More often than we would like, dairy provoke in pets all kinds of damages (gastrointestinal, stomach and others).
On the other hand, some medications interact with cheese composition. They can reduce and even neutralize its effect, so it is best to forever forget this old trick and apply other solutions to give drugs to the dog.
“Before medicating a dog, always consult with the veterinarian. The professional will recommend the best course of treatment for your pet, and inform you about the particularities of the medicines.”
How to Medicate a Dog
The first thing, as always we recommend, is to consult with the veterinarian. The professional will recommend the best course of treatment for your pet, and also inform you about the particularities of the medicines. Let’s look at some techniques according to the type of medicine you should give your dog.
How to Give the Dog Pills
To give pills to a dog, first consult the practitioner if you should consume them on an empty stomach or on a full stomach, also if you can give it with food, as a whole. In this case, wrap the pill (whole or split) with a piece of food. Depending on what the professional says, you can use bread, sausages or meats, moist ingredients and even butter (peanut butter, among others).
Another option is to spray the pill (put it in a large spoon and put another one on top, pressing to break it well) and sprinkle the medicine in your dry feed. Once you get it, stay watching the animal to verify that it consumes it and does not spit it out.
If the medication should not be accompanied with food or liquids, you should give it directly and carefully. Put your fingers at the corners of your mouth, pushing them in. This will prevent the animal from biting (so as not to hurt you or your own lips). Place the pill on the tongue, closing its snout, comforting it and making sure it does not spit the medicine.
How to give syrup to dog
In the case of syrups, the simplest way is to use a syringe (without a needle). Insert the tube into your snout, keeping it closed with your other hand, and push the plunger to release the fluid slowly, not suddenly as it might drown. Remove the syringe by gently holding its snout, and verify that the dog swallows.
At the second attempt, the animal will probably reject the syringe: it is a good time to introduce it through the corner of your mouth, inside the cheek, and repeat the procedure. When you see him relaying, the job will be done.
“To give the dog pills, first consult the practitioner if you should consume them on an empty stomach or on a full stomach, also if you can give it with food, as a whole.”
How to give injections
In the case of injections, it is best done by the veterinarian or an experienced person. If you must give it to him, ask the professional to instruct you how to do it. Usually pinch the back or side of the animal, to take only the skin (avoiding veins, arteries and organs in this way), and a short subcutaneous needle is used to barely puncture and release the liquid. But be sure to consult the veterinarian and ask him to tell you how to do it.
Remember that your pet’s health depends on you to a great extent. Apply these techniques to know how to give medicines to a dog, and trust the word of your trusted veterinarian