ADMINISTRATION OF LIQUID MEDICINE
Manufacturers of licensed products for dogs have today made tremendous efforts
to ensure that medicines are not only efficacious but also palatable.
Syringes, spoons, droppers and other giving devices are often provided. However
the following tips may be of help, particularly with the more difficult dog.
1. Can I administer the medicine in the food
Yes, this is possible in the majority of cases but make sure only a small quantity
of food is given so you are sure the dog has taken the full dose at the time.
If you put the medicine in the entire meal and some is not eaten you are never
sure if sufficient medicine has been given.
2. My dog will not take the medicine in the food. How shall I administer
The easiest method is to use a plastic syringe. Your veterinary surgeon will
have discussed the dose and will be able to supply a syringe of the correct
size. Draw up the measured dose by sucking the medicine up by withdrawing the
plunger from the syringe. The nozzle of the syringe can then be introduced between
the lips at the side of the mouth with the head tipped upwards. It is always
useful getting someone to help you if at all possible. The medicine can then
be gently dripped into the mouth, rubbing the dog's throat at the same time
to encourage him to swallow. Do not squirt the medicine too quickly.
3. If I try to give my dog medicine he throws his head around and I am never
sure he is getting any, most goes on me
This is not unusual:
(a) Try to get someone to help you
(b) Apply either a purpose made muzzle or one fashioned from a piece of bandage.
The medicine can then be gently dripped, between the teeth, at the side of
the mouth, encouraging the dog to swallow at the same time by gently rubbing
If your dog is this uncooperative do not try to force a spoon between his teeth,
this is usually universally resented.
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