Aug 31, 2010

Getting your Dog or Cat to Accept Liquid Medication

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Pills are easy to wrap in cheese or another meaty treat your dog adores. She’ll barely notice what’s buried underneath the “good stuff.” Giving a dog liquid medication requires more practice and a bit of strategy. Let’s walk through the process:

Prepare the syringe. Your vet will supply a syringe to “upload” the liquid medicine for dropping it into your pet’s mouth. Open the bottle of liquid medication and fill syringe to proper dosage.

Stabilize the dog. You might ask someone to help hold your dog the first time you administer liquid medication. Tip back your dog’s head by placing one hand on the top of the dog’s head, and the other hand (with the syringe), underneath her jaw.
Before administering liquid medication, you must stabilize your dog’s head.
Insert the syringe. With the dog’s head tilted back, put the syringe in her mouth toward one back corner. This position will ensure that more liquid goes down the hatch, even if your dog squirms during the process. If you put the syringe straight in her mouth, and she makes a quick head move to the right or left, your liquid will spill onto the floor.
Treat your dog. Give her a tasty snack and reward her for a job well done. Clean out the syringe and place it in a designated plastic box (a pencil box works well), labeled “liquid medication syringes

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