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Thursday, October 1, 2009
HELPFUL INFORMATION FOR GIVING LIQUID MEDICATION TO YOUR DOG
The simplest way to give your dog or puppy a liquid supplement or medication is to mix it with canned food and serve it at dinner time. To make sure that your dog swallows the medication in it's entirety, it is best to give a small amount of food that the dog is certain to eat rather versus a larger amount of food that your dog may not complete.
Occasionally we hear about a stubborn dog that may be unwilling to eat the food ; and then there are elderly dogs or ill dogs that may have dietary restrictions that prevent putting the medication in food. If this is the case, you will need to administer the medication directly into your dog’s mouth.
Transport your dog in a safe and comfortable area where the dog can be handled easily. Have the medication "Ready To Go". It is easier to give liquid medication to a canine if you have an assistant - a second person available to help you.
As with any medication, make sure you have carefully read the label and understand the the dose to administer.
Pull your dog’s lip away from his teeth and create a “pouch” along the side of the mouth in a gentle manner
Place the tip of the syringe in the side of the dog's mouth, just behind one of the canine teeth. Move the syringe so that it is in the mouth just past the tooth line.
Slowly squeeze the syringe to dispense the liquid supplement or medication. Make sure you do this slowly ( your dog needs time to swallow the liquid while breathing normally.)
Almost all dogs will spit out some of the liquid. DO NOT administer more unless you are certain that NONE of the medication was taken.
Make sure you provide positive reinforcement, petting your dog and giving your dog plenty of praise during the entire time. Give your dog a special treat after giving the medication.
Wash the dropper or syringe thoroughly with water.
Labels: Dog Health