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.

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