Pill a Dog
How to Pill A Dog at Home
Giving your dog a pill can be a challenging task, especially if your dog is resistant or anxious. However, it is important to follow your veterinarian’s instructions and give your dog the prescribed medication as directed to ensure proper treatment. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to give your dog a pill:
Gather your supplies: You will need the prescribed medication, a small piece of cheese, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a small treat that your dog likes. You may also want to wear gloves to protect yourself from any potential contaminants.
Prepare the medication: If the medication needs to be crushed or dissolved, follow the instructions on the label or ask your veterinarian for guidance.
Restrain your dog: If your dog is resistant to taking pills, you may need to restrain it to administer the medication. Have an assistant hold your dog gently but firmly or use a wrap or restraint to keep your dog still.
Administer the medication: There are a few different methods you can use to give your dog a pill:
Hide the pill in food: You can try hiding the pill in a small piece of cheese, a spoonful of peanut butter, or a small treat that your dog likes. Be sure to supervise your dog to ensure that the entire pill is swallowed.
Place the pill in the back of your dog’s throat: Hold your dog’s head steady, and gently open its mouth. Place the pill as far back in the throat as possible and close the mouth. Hold your dog’s muzzle closed and stroke its throat until it swallows the pill.
Use a pill pocket or pill crusher: You can purchase a pill pocket or pill crusher from a pet supply store or ask your veterinarian for recommendations. The pill pocket is a small, soft treat that you can place the pill in and give to your dog, while the pill crusher is a tool that crushes the pill into a fine powder that you can mix with food.
Monitor your dog: Observe your dog for any reactions or signs of discomfort after administering the medication. If you notice any problems, stop the medication and contact your veterinarian.
By following these steps, you can give your dog a pill safely and effectively. If you have any concerns or questions about administering medication to your dog, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for advice.