Administering Medication

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Just like you, your dog or cat is going to get sick occasionally and you mcat medicationay come home from the veterinary practice with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make the process easier, both for you and your dog. Always follow the instructions given by your veterinary surgeon. Be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your veterinary surgeon. 


Step 1
• Place the pill between the thumb and the index finger of one hand.
• Firmly grasp the upper jaw with the thumb and index finger of the other hand.

 Step 2
• Gently fold the upper lip over the teeth as you open the mouth. This will reduce the chance of being bitten.
Step 3
• Rotate your wrist to tilt the head upwards.
• Use your middle finger of the hand holding the tablet to slowly open
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 Step 4
 • Keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth and deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.
• Immediately close the mouth. Keeping your hand over the mouth put the head down to facilitate swallowing.
Step 5
• Stroke the throat to encourage swallowing.
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Liquids & Syrups

Before starting
Read the label for the proper dosage and, if instructed, shake the contents of the bottle. Fill the syringe or dropper with the medication.
Step 1
• Firmly grasp your pets muzzle with one hand while holding the syringe or dropper with the other
Step 2
• Gently squirt the medication into the pouch between the teeth and check.Syrupe dog
Step 3
• Hold your pet’s jaw closed and tilt the head back slightly.
• Stroke the throat to encourage swallowing.
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Helpful hints

  • Always read the label instructions carefully.
  • Ask your veterinary surgeon if the medication can be given with food or must be given on an empty stomach. If it can be given with food, just put the pill into a small piece of sausage.
  • Get a friend or family member to help.
  • Medicate your pet on the floor or on a table with a non-slip surface.
  • When administering medication stay calm – your pet can sense if you are nervous making it more difficult to apply the treatment. Always praise and reward your pet with a treat.

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