Tips for Giving Pills to Dogs

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Elmhurst Animal Care Center in Illinois offers comprehensive veterinary care to dogs, cats, and other pets. The veterinarians at Elmhurst Animal Care Center develop for each pet a comprehensive treatment plan, which can include medication instructions.

Just like people, dogs can be reluctant to take their medication. They may shy away from pills that look too large to swallow or smell unusual, while others will simply avoid anything that does not look or smell like what they normally eat. Some owners are able to bypass their dogs’ reluctance by hiding the pill in regular food, or by folding it into a soft treat or piece of cheese. This may be most effective if the owner feeds the dog a few regular treats before the medicated one or tosses the treat for the dog to catch.

Some dogs still will not accept a hidden treat, while yet others cannot have treats due to dietary issues. Owners of such dogs should place the treat in the dog’s mouth and encourage him to swallow. This involves gently grasping the top of the muzzle and lifting it to expose the tongue, then placing the pill toward the back of the mouth and closing the teeth while lowering the muzzle to neutral. In some cases, the owner then needs to encourage swallowing with a gentle stroking of the throat, though all owners should check to make sure the dog has swallowed the medication.

Preparing Your Dog for a Boarding Kennel

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In addition to providing veterinary diagnosis and treatment, the Elmhurst Animal Care Center offers medically supervised boarding. The Elmhurst Animal Care Center provides each of its boarding animals with play, rest, and human interaction time as well as access to any needed veterinary services during the animal’s stay.

Before sending your dog to the kennel for boarding, it is important to visit the site and know that your pet will have clean and safe areas to sleep, eat, and exercise. This visit also provides you the opportunity to ask what the center requires from you as the pet owner. In many cases, boarding centers require up-to-date vaccination records, adherence to a flea-prevention regime, and/or proof that the dog is free of parasites.

When you bring your dog to the kennel, you will need to bring all of the medications and supplies that your dog may need during his or her stay. Medication should be in its original packaging and have all relevant instructions, both for dispensation purposes and in case of accidental ingestion by another pet. The site may also recommend that you bring a few extra days of medication, in case you find yourself delayed in returning.

Finally, it is important to actively help your dog with the transition. Many dogs find it helpful to have something that feels like home, be it a favorite toy or a piece of clothing that smells like the owner. These comfort objects may help to keep distress to a minimum until pick-up day.