It is a common practice to use medication to keep dogs healthy. In fact it is one of the best approaches to provide health and nutrition to your dog. With the advancement in veterinary science, there is a medicine for every type of disease as well as nutrient. Dog medicines range from medicines for hair fall and fever to birth control and proper physical growth.
It is recommended not to administer any medication to your dog until the doctor prescribes it depending on the tendency of the dog as well as the present circumstances. Whenever your dog is prescribed a medicine, it is wise to know the way that drug is to be administered and what shall be the correct usage from the veterinarian right then.
Dog medication generally comes in the form of pills, liquids or injections. Here is how to administer each of these types of medicines to your canine friend:
1. Capsules and Pills
To give a pill to your dog, place your thumb in the space behind the canines. Now press upwards towards the palette to force open her mouth. As she opens her mouth, press the lower jaw down with the other thumb and press in both the lips to push the skin behind the canines. This will force open her mouth.
Subsequently slip the pill into the mouth and place it as behind in the mouth as possible. Close the dog’s mouth and give her a little throat massage until she swallows the pill. When the dog starts licking her nose, she has swallowed the pill. To ensure this, it is a good trick to blow into the nose of the dog. The air forces the dog to swallow saliva alongwith which the pill also gets swallowed. Do not forget to reward the dog after she swallows the pill.
Do not crush the pill or force it open because many dogs do not accept powdered pills due to their unpleasant odor. You may also leave a pill bereft of an intentional coating aimed at delaying the release of the medication.
Liquid medication such as electrolytes and other water based solutions are administered into the cheek pouch of the dog. This cheek pouch is present between the cheek and the molars. You can use an eyedropper, a medicine bottle or even a plastic syringe without needle to administer liquid medicine.
To do this, pinch the lips of the dog together and insert the dispenser’s dispensing end into the pouch. Then use fingers to seal the lips, tilt the chin of the dog upwards and dispense the liquid slowly. If you need to give her large quantity of liquid, it is wise that you pause at intervals to allow the dog to swallow the liquid.
While injecting a medicine into the dog’s body shows fastest results, it also carries the maximum risk of causing an acute anaphylactic or allergic reaction. For this reason it is recommended that you let your veterinarian only inject medicine into the dog’s body.
If it becomes necessary to inject your dog at home such as in cases of diabetic dogs, it is advised that you let your veterinarian demonstrate the entire procedure to you. There are some medicines that are injected into the skin while there are others that are injected into the muscles. Directions with the drug indicate the route to be taken.
The injections are not painful themselves however, when the medicine enters the body, it may pain. Make sure you have removed any air bubbles from the syringe before injecting it.
All dog owners need to resort to medication to keep dogs healthy some time or the other. It is in the best interest of your dog that you learn proven ways of giving medicines to your dog so that the medicines are able to work at their full potential and the dog also undergoes least discomfort in ingesting them.