Health and sicknesses are one of the significant parts of life as happiness and sadness. You get sick and tired sometimes due to many reasons like overwork or changing weather – this is also the case with your pet. Although they get an annual checkup… Right… they do… RIGHT!
Sometimes, they get sick and must be taken to the vet for a checkup and appropriate medicine. Vets usually check the dog and prescribe medication and show you how to give medicine to your dog. It is essential to observe this process closely because you can’t take your dog to the vet twice or thrice each day just for the sake of medication.
That is why it is an essential part of a dog’s care to know how to give medicine to your dog. Yes, that’s right; it is a cost-effective and affectionate way of going through a process that is annoying and uncomfortable for humans and animals alike.
Vaccinating your dog is an important part of their health. You need to take your dog to the vet; he will educate you on what vaccination your dog needs and how much and how long are you supposed to inject him with this vaccination.
If you have difficulty giving medicine to your dog, don’t worry, we will help you through the process.
Examine what is included in Medicine:
The first step of learning how to give medication to your pooch is by knowing that you are giving the right medicine to your dog. Look at the medicine packing firmly and make sure that you have the right medicine.
If a doctor sends you medicine, make sure that it has your name and your dog’s name written on it. Once you make sure that the medication is correct, the next step is to study the medicine for the handle and care instructions.
Some medicines come with specific instructions like they must be kept away from pregnant women. Almost all medicine must be kept at a usually tempered and dry place, but some need to be held in the fridge. Wash your hands before and after you come in contact with the medicine.
The medicine is usually in the form of pills, capsules, a liquid form, and injections, especially in the case of vaccines.
Giving your dog pills and capsules:
Some medicines can be delivered to your dog wrapped in food, while others must be given without covering them with anything. If you can give medicine to your dog hidden in food, it reduces more than half of your job.
You can wrap a pill or capsule in cheese or in a meatball or any other food that your dog is very fond of. The most common would be a meatball. Cover pill or capsule inside the meatball and feed it to your dog.
Dogs mostly swallow the entire meatball, but anyone of them bites into the dumpling and comes across the medicine they might spill it out or have bad taste in their mouth. But if you are to give medicine to your dog without food, it can be tricky.
Open the mouth of your dog with your secondary hand, mostly left in a way that you fold the upper lip of the dog inside his mouth. This way, if the dog tries to bite down, he will risk biting his upper lip reducing the chances of you getting a bit substantially.
Now with your leading hand, open the lower jaw of the dog and place the pill at the end of the dog’s tongue. When you put your right hand (leading hand) into their mouth, make sure that you avoid the pointy sharp teeth.
Quickly after placing the pill or the capsule at the end of the dog’s tongue, close his mouth and start blowing into his nose to encourage the swallowing process.
Giving your dog liquid medicine:
If you consider the pill giving task daunting and trick opt for liquid medicine. Ask your doctor whether you can provide the liquid formula of the same drug to your dog. The process of giving liquid medicine to your pooch is straightforward.
Open your dog’s mouth and find the gap between the dog’s teeth and cheek. The liquid medicine of dogs come with a dropper or a syringe. Fill up the dropper with the prescribed amount of medicine and insert the dropper into the mouth through the gap and after injecting blow into his nose to help with the swallowing.
Giving vaccination to your dog:
Vaccinating your dog at home is cost-effective, but it is a tricky venture and is really best left to the vet. You must consult your doctor before you will even be able to get a vaccine.
If you really want to start injecting your dog. If your pet allows you to begin the process by calming any fears they may have for the hypo. Once he is comfortable with the needle, find a flat surface behind his shoulder.
These shots are meant to be injected into a muscle. So look for a spot that you can easily tell is just that and thick enough that the needle will not pass completely through it. Lift his fur and inject him with the vaccine. If you notice any blood in the syringe, take it out and dispose of it and use a new needle because a vaccine must not be injected into an artery or vein. Once you inject your dog with the vaccination observe him for any reaction.
Some reactions like swelling, laziness, low appetite, fever is normal with the vaccination but if the condition gets serious within the first 10-20 minutes that is alarming and your dog must be taken to the vet immediately