5 Simple Tips to Give Your Dog Medication
15 January, 2013
My friend, Jenny, had to give her dog a special antihistamine pill for a week since her dog had a bad skin allergy. She was having such a hard time giving her dog his medication that she almost gave up. I suggested some of the tips below and she tricked her dog into accepting the pill (or at least she disguised it well).
Below are 5 simple tips that can help you get your dog to take his medication.
1. Pick appealing food with a strong scent
Try putting the medication in a food that your dog loves but has a strong scent to mask the taste of the medication. For instance, if your dog likes some type of fish or even a dairy product, that can work well, because the pill can easily slip into it. If you can simply slip it into your dog’s normal food, even better, but that can be tricky. You don’t want your dog to stop eating the food if he has an adverse reaction to the medication.
2. Make a game of it
Put the pill in a soft or smelling food and make it a ball. Toss the treats on the ground. Roll them around and see if he or she likes the challenge. If he or she runs away from it, this might not be the best method for your dog.
3. Pick a time when your dog is distracted
Try to give your dog his medication when he is distracted. It is always ideal to try when your dog has just awoken from a nap and is mellow. You should try your best to be calm, cool and collected. You don’t want to make an ordeal of it. Use a sleepy, soothing voice and speak slowly and gently while you happily get him to understand that all is OK.
The worst approach is to chase your dog and/or corner him or her to give him the medication. Try approaching from the side when your pup isn’t expecting it.
4. If your dog has trouble swallowing the pill, coat it.
If your dog has trouble swallowing a pill, try coating it with butter or something soft. This won’t disguise the pill but will help your dog swallow the pill more readily. It’s important to protect the pill’s coating and it will also make it go down easier if you need to make more than one attempt.
5. Give your dog a treat or toy when he’s being cooperative
After putting your dog through, what could be, an unpleasant experience, you should reward your dog for good behavior. After, all positive reinforcement is always the way to go. Give your dog a fun toy, take him on walk, or play his or her favorite game. Your dog will then, hopefully, get in the mind set that he will receive a reward after taking his medication which should make the whole experience that much more pleasant.
I hope these tips help and that your dog is feeling better soon. Good luck!
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