Like humans, dogs also get sick and on return from the vet you may have some medicines to administer at home. You should learn how to properly administer it to make the process easier for you and your dog. Follow the veterinarian’s advice and directions properly and always make sure you administer the entire dose of medicine for the suggested period as per your veterinarian’s instructions.

Here are some valuable tips to get you on the right track:

Tablets and Capsules

Step 1
  • Using one hand, hold the pill between the thumb and index finger.
  • With the other hand, hold the upper jaw with the thumb and index finger.
Step 2
  • Gently fold the upper lip over the teeth as you open the mouth, reducing the chances of a bite.
Step 3
  • Rotate your wrist to lean the head in upward position.
  • Use your middle finger to gently open the lower jaw.
Step 4
  • Keep your middle finger over the small incisor teeth.
  • Deposit the pill as far as you can on the tongue.
  • Immediately close the mouth, keeping your hand over the mouth, then put the head down to allow swallowing.
Step 5
  • Softly pat the throat or gently blow on the nose. This will help the dog to swallow.
Liquids and Syrups
Before you start
  • Read the label for proper dosage, shake the bottle well before use.
  • Fill the syringe or dropper with medicine.
Step 1
  • Using one hand hold the dog’s muzzle and grip with the thumb and index finger. Hold the filled syringe or dropper in your other hand.
Step 2
  • Slowly squirt the medication into the pouch in between cheek and teeth.
Step 3
  • Keep the jaw closed and tilt the head slightly backward.
  • Softly pat the throat or gently blow on the nose. This will help the dog to swallow.
Step 4
  • Should your dog gag or cough out the medication, lower their head and calm them down.
  • Wait few minutes and try again.

Helpful Tips

  • Read the instructions written on the label carefully.
  • Certain medicines can be given with food and others must be given on an empty stomach. Your veterinarian will be able to advise you. If the medicine is allowed with food, then hide the pill in a piece of meat or cheese.
  • Ask for help from a friend of family member.
  • Medicate your dog on a non slippery table top or on the floor.
  • During administration of the medicine, stay calm because your dog can sense if you are nervous, making it more difficult to apply the treatment.
  • When done make sure you reward and praise your dog.