Administering Medication For Your Cat or Dog

 

 

Just like you, your pet is going to get sick occasionally and you’ll likely come home from your veterinarian with some medication to administer. Learning how to do it right will make the process easier both for you and your pet. Always follow the instructions given by your veterinarian. Be sure to administer the full amount of medication over the number of days instructed by your veterinarian.


Tablets & Capsules

Step 1
• Place the pill between the thumb and index finger of one hand.
• Hold the top of the pet’s head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of the other hand.

Step 2
• Tilt the head back until the pet’s eyes are facing upward.
• Usually the pet’s jaw will drop open on its own. If not, apply a little pressure on the lower jaw with your middle finger.
• Bring the pill to the pet’s mouth.

Step 3
• Keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth to keep jaw open.
• Deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.
• Immediately close the mouth.

Step 4
• Gently stroke the throat or blow on the nose to encourage swallowing.
• Work fast to avoid being bitten.

Liquids & Syrups
Read the label for the proper dosage and, if instructed, shake the contents of the bottle.

Before starting
• Fill a syringe or dropper with the medication.

Step 1
• Hold the top of the pet's head and grasp the cheekbones with the thumb and index finger of the one hand while holding the syringe or dropper with the other hand.

Step 2
• Gently squirt the medication into the pouch between the teeth and cheek with the dropper or syringe.

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Helpful Hints

 

    • Always read the label instructions carefully.
    • Ask your veterinarian if the medication can be given with food or must be given on an empty stomach.
    • Place the pet 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.


Pill Popper
Should you wish, you can use a pilling device to avoid placing your fingers into your pett’s mouth. It is a plastic tube resembling a syringe used to deposit the pill.

 

  • Place the pill at the end of the device.
  • Hold the device like a syringe between your index and middle fingers, using your thumb to push the plunger.
  • Tilt your pet’s head back until his or her eyes are facing upward. Usually the pet’s jaw will drop open on its own. If not, apply a little pressure on the lower jaw with your middle finger.
  • Place the device over the base of the tongue.
  • Push the plunger to deposit the pill as far back on the tongue as possible.

 

 

Pill Buddy 

A pill buddy is a soft natural treat that is used to conceal medicine. Make feeding medication a rewarding an easy experience for you and your pet. 

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