Dog Care | Administering Medicine

Administering Medication

Even if you take every precaution, your pet is going to get sick occasionally, and you’ll likely need to administer some medication yourself. Learning how to properly give your pet pills, liquids and syrups will make the process easier for you and your dog. Be sure to always follow the instructions given either by the vet or on the bottle. Also, be sure to completely use up any medication administered to ensure it’s totally effectiveness.

Tablets & Capsules

Follow These Steps:

  • Step 1: Place the pill between your thumb and index fingers. Firmly grab the upper-jaw of your dog with your thumb and index finger with the other hand.
  • Step 2: Gently fold the upper lip over the teeth as you open the mouth. This will reduce your chance of being bitten.
  • Step 3: Tilt the head upwards, use your middle finger to slowly lower the lower-jaw.
  • Step 4: Keep the middle finger over the lower jaw and place the pill as far back on the tongue as possible. Following this, close the mouth immediately by keeping your hand over the upper-jaw and putting the head down.
  • Step 5: Gently stroke the throat or blow on the nose to encourage swallowing.

Liquids & Syrups

Note: Before started, read the label for the proper dosage, and any additional important instructions.

  • Step 1: Firmly grip your dog’s muzzle with one hand while holding the medicine in the other.
  • Step 2: Gently squirt the medicine in the space between the mouth and check.
  • Step 3: Hold the dog’s mouth closed and tilt the head back slightly. Stroke the throat or blow on their nose to encourage swallowing.
  • Step 4: Should your dog gag or cough, lower the head and remain calm. Stroke the head or body to calm them down. If you feel it wasn't effective, wait a few minutes and try again.

Helpful Tips

With any medicine, always read and follow the label.
Ask your vet if the medicine can be given with food or on an empty stomach. If it can be taken with food, just place the pill into some hamburger meat.
Get a family member or friend to help.
Always stay calm when giving medication, your dog can sense if you feel stressed or anxious and will respond with similar emotions. Reward good behavior with treats afterward.