Advanced Animal Care

Berea VeterinarianYour Berea veterinarian will sometimes send you home with medications for your dog.  They will give you complete instructions.  Some dogs will eat almost anything and gobble food down before they have time to taste it.  Other dogs won’t get near anything different or anything that smells different.  Here are a few suggestions to make the task of medicating your dog easier on you and less stressful for your pup.

Pills and Capsules

When possible you can get pills in chewable form.  They are usually made to taste like treats and your dog will love them.  My dogs love their heartworm pills this way.  Other medications come in pill or capsule form.  They are a little harder to get my dogs to swallow.

One of the best things you can do is feed them to your dog with their meal or in a treat.  It is a good idea to give your dog a few treats, one after the other.  Slip the pill in the last treat and your dog will probably eat it without noticing something was different.

You can wrap pills in soft treats or soft food or purchase treats that are hollow and made for giving medication.

Occasionally you will find your dogs don’t like a pill.  They will eat everything and spit the pill out.  Some dogs have been known to walk away and spit the pill out so be sure your dog has swallowed his pill before you leave him.  If you can’t get him to swallow a pill on his own, you will have to force it down. 

Hold your dogs face in your hand and point his nose to the ceiling.  Open his mouth and push the pill into his throat.  Gently rub his throat so that he will swallow.  Offering a treat afterward is a good way to encourage a better swallow and make your pet feel better too.

Liquid Medication

Liquids can be administered with a needleless syringe.  You should fill the syringe with the liquid and place the end into your dog’s cheek pouch.  Slowly give your dog the medicine and he should swallow naturally.  Most liquids are small doses, and often they don’t taste bad.

Ask Your Berea Veterinarian About Injections

Injections are a little bit more dangerous.  Any time you inject a dog you have the chance of an allergic reaction or anaphylactic shock.  This requires immediate attention.  You also need to know if your injection should be given under the skin or into the muscle.  Your Veterinarian in Berea will be able to show you how to administer the injection the first time.  He will tell you what to look for in case of an allergic reaction.

We hope your dog will never need medication but reality is, sooner or later, your pet will be ill and you will need to administer medications at home.  Once you know how to do it, you will get comfortable and find that it’s not that hard.  If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call Advanced Animal Care Berea at (859) 958-5678.