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Just like you, your dog is going to get sick occasionally and you may come home from the Springlands Veterinary Centre with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make the process easier for both you and your dog. Always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian and be sure to administer the full amount over the correct number of days. The veterinarian will also make you aware if the medication needs to be given with food or on an empty stomach.
Below is a general guide on how to medicate your pet. This will give you a starting point with what to do but over time everyone develops their own techniques.
- Place the medication between your thumb and the index finger of one hand
- Firmly grasp the upper jaw with your thumb and index finger of your other hand
- Gently fold the upper lip over the teeth as you open the mouth (this will reduce the chance of being bitten)
- Using your middle finger, slowly open the lower jaw
- Tilt your pets head back slightly
- When giving tablets or capsules keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth and deposit the medication as far back on the tongue as possible
- Liquid medication can be gently squirted into the pouch between the teeth and cheek
- Close the mouth but keep your hand over their mouth and wait for your pet to swallow
- You can try stroke their throat or pop a little bit of water in the mouth to encourage swallowing