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Administering Medication | Dog care info

Just like you, your dog is going to get sick occasionally and you may come home from the veterinary practice with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your dog. Always follow the instructions given by your veterinary surgeon. Be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your veterinary surgeon. 

Tablets & Capsules

Step 1
• Place the pill between the thumb and the index finger of one hand.
• Firmly grasp the upper jaw with the thumb and index finger of the other hand. 

Step 2
• Gently fold the upper lip over the teeth as you open the mouth. This will reduce the chance of being bitten.

Step 3
• Rotate your wrist to tilt the head upwards.
• Use your middle finger to slowly open the lower jaw.

Step 4
• Keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth and deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.
• Immediately close the mouth. Keeping your hand over the mouth, put the head down to facilitate swallowing.

Step 5
• Stroke the throat or blow on the nose to encourage swallowing.

Liquids & Syrups


Before starting
Read the label for the proper dosage and, if instructed, shake the contents of the bottle. Fill the syringe or dropper with the medication.

Step 1
• Firmly grasp the dog's muzzle with one hand while holding the syringe or dropper with the other hand.

Step 2 
• Gently squirt the medication into the pouch between the teeth and check.

Step 3
• Hold the dog's jaw closed and tilt the head back slightly.
• Stroke the throat or blow on his/her nose to encourage swallowing.

Step 4
• Should your dog gag or cough out the medication, lower their head and calm them down.
• Wait a few minutes and then try again.

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