Your veterinarian has prescribed medications for your dog. Do you know how to administer them? In most cases, it is not that difficult. Pills can be hidden in peanut butter, cream cheese, cheese slices, hot dogs or any other kind of cooked meat. Most dogs love at least one of these special treats and will gobble it down without thinking about what might be hidden in it.
We had to take Maggie to the vet a couple of weeks ago. She had a urinary tract infection. We had to give her two pills a day for two weeks. Oh, boy, what fun, was my first thought. But we found a product at the pet store made especially for puppies. I come in a can just like cheese whiz. You just squirt a little bit on the pill and down it goes!!! After the first couple of days, she would bark in the morning until she got her pill!!!
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Another trick is to hide the pill in their food. However, if you feed your dog dry food, chances are, they will eat around it. If it is canned or wet food, it usually works. Except for my husband’s first dog. She had a tongue that could detect the smallest pill in her food. She would eat the whole bowl and there was the pill, still in the dish. So, you may want to try feeding it to your dog in a small bite from your finger to make sure she gets it down.
You can also try a pill pusher, but if you have never used one before, it can be tricky and dangerous. Check with your vet for instructions if you choose to use this method.
Most medications are given in doses meant for the age, size, and weight of your dog. Just as in our own prescriptions, side effects may occur. Make sure you get a list of the possible ones from your vet and watch for them!!! Some are minor and will go away after the first day or two, but others could mean real danger for your dog.
I know, you are worried about the cost. Check with your vet to see if there is a lower priced equivalent that you can use. If your dog is going to be on the medication long term, you can purchase certain drugs online or at your local pet store, usually at a discount. Make sure it is the correct dosage and medicine before taking this step.
It is also very important to make sure your dog is given the medications when prescribed. If it is given once a day, give it at the same time every day. If it has to be given every 4 hours or something similar, make sure you are available to give it on time. If you have to work, check with your veterinarian to see if there is something longer lasting. Or maybe he can give an injection instead.
For topical applications, like some flea and tick prevention, make sure you administer it in a place where your dog can’t lick it off. Between the shoulder blades is the best place. They can’t reach it with their mouth or their paws to scratch at it and then ingest it.