Loving pet owners will do anything for their pets, but there's one duty that no pet owner looks forward to: giving their pet medicine. Whether you're trying to give fluffy pills for flea prevention for cats or giving your dog antibiotics, there's nothing more time consuming and stressful than trying to get your pet to take medicine. Every owner has their own methods for administering medicine, and there are some methods people have had success using.
A warning about administering pills
Before we get into what you can do to give your pet medicine, we should spend a little time mentioning what you should never do. If your vet has given you medicine in pill form, don't break up the pill into powder. Some pills have a protective coating that regulates when the medicine is released into the patient's system, and breaking that coating can severely affect how the medicine is absorbed. Don't alter the pill unless your vet says its okay to; otherwise give your pet the medicine whole. Now that we have that out the way, let's get into some safe methods you can use to give your pets medicine.
Use proper placement (for dogs)
Pets.WebMD has a useful method for administering pills to your dog. Slip your thumb into the space behind one of the canine teeth and press upward on the roof of the mouth. As the mouth begins to open, press down on the lower jaw with the opposite thumb. Alternatively, press in on both lips from above the muzzle. As the skin pushes in behind the canines, the dog will open their mouth. Insert the pill well to the back of the tongue in the middle of the mouth. If you place the pill too far forward or to the side of the tongue, the dog will spit it out. Close the dog’s mouth and massage or rub her throat until they swallows. If the dog licks her nose, the pill has been swallowed.
Some owners find that the easiest way to give their pets medicine is to hide it in food or another treat. Before you do this, make sure to ask your vet if it's okay to combine the medicine with food. Once you have the okay, create a "meatball" for your pet with their favorite brand of wet food and stick the pill in the middle. Make sure that you give your pet a non-medicated "meatball" so that they will continue to eat the treats if they happen to detect the taste of medicine.
Your veterinarian is more than familiar with the trouble of giving animals medicine; so many vets give people the option of having medicine in liquid form. Liquid medicine can be easily administered with the quick squirt of a syringe or eyedropper. If you need to administer liquid medicine, gently restrain your pet, tip their chin upward, and slowly dispense the liquid.