How to give medicine to a dog or cat
A text on how to give medicine to a dog or cat
Have you ever had to give your pet medicine? For many owners of cats and dogs, the appointment of a veterinarian to feed an animal a pill sounds like a sentence. The sharp claws of a cat and the dog’s teeth immediately appear, resisting this unusual manipulation for them. What to do if treatment is inevitable, and there are no experienced friends in the neighborhood?
1. Try to make the procedure pleasant for the pet!
For example, you need to give a cat medicine. Do not rush to catch it all over the apartment and stuff a pill into your mouth. First, determine what delicacy will be so delicious for her that she will come running to you only after hearing the opening of the package? It can be milk, sour cream, canned food or special sweets from the store (for example, goodies from Sanabelle, Mnyams or TitBit). Show her what she will receive at the end of an unusual ritual, and as soon as you complete the process, give her this treat. This will help smooth out the unpleasant impression of the pet and in the future, if it does not fall in love, then at least patiently withstand such manipulations. With dogs, the situation is similar. If your Friend loves to eat, it is best to associate medication with food intake.
2. Teach you to touch from an early age.
When a small kitten or puppy appears in the house, we are happy to scratch them behind the ear, stroke the back and touch the soft cheeks. At first, they can break out with such “bouts of tenderness,” but with time they get used to it and the contented ones themselves substitute our faces and sides. Make the ritual of feeling your mouth as common as scratching your ears and neck. You may never have to give the dog medicine, but if necessary, it will not be so resistant to your touch when opening its mouth. In addition, this skill will be useful for periodic cleaning of plaque in dogs and cats.
3. Learn the technique.
In order to understand how to give the cat or dog the right medicine, if you have never done so, we recommend that you first contact your veterinarian. Take a close look at how he will do this and ask about all the steps in as much detail as possible. The main point is:
– When issuing medicine in tablets, you need to open the mouth of the pet and put the tablet on the root of the tongue. After that, close the mouth and stroke the animal down the throat to provoke a swallowing reflex. If your cunning is not going to take a sip, you can pour a little water into the closed mouth through the front teeth or through bryl. This will help to achieve the desired sip;
– If you need to give liquid medicine to a dog or cat, you will need a syringe without a needle. Measure the required amount of medicine as directed by the veterinarian. Next, you need to place the syringe on the side of the pet’s muzzle, raise it up, pull off the bryl angle (where the upper and lower lips join) and slowly inject the medicine. After that, with one hand continue to hold the muzzle up, and with the other, stroke the throat until you clearly feel a sip. No need to try to quickly pour in the entire volume, as the animal will begin to cough and spit out most of the liquid immediately.
Do not be surprised or upset if the first time your pet spits out the medicine. Be patient, believe in yourself and try again!
4. Use little tricks.
Surely many of us at the mention of feeding medicines to pets (especially dogs) recall the famous passage from a series of Soviet films about Shurik. We all remember that it was not possible to feed sleeping pills placed in the “medical” doctor’s sausage. However, this method is by no means meaningless and may well be put into practice. The main thing is that the tidbit itself is very significant for the pet and more than a medicine. Especially voracious domestic animals who swallow food without chewing are a godsend for the owner, because it’s worth, for example, to hide a quarter tablet in a piece of cottage cheese or cheese (or the same sausage), and the problem is solved. More selective individuals can try to grind the tablet into powder and give out, for example, in a piece of minced meat or try to mix with kefir or a spoon of sour cream. Experiment and you will succeed!
5. Look for analogues.
While still in the veterinarian’s office, ask what kind of medicine can be given to cats and dogs with a similar effect. It may well turn out that it is permissible to replace the solution with a tablet change. Or, if it’s easier for you, the doctor will be able to prescribe injections, which, incidentally, are often more effective. And perhaps there are similar veterinary preparations with a taste of meat, for example, which the pet eats with pleasure on its own as a treat.
In any case, we hope that our advice, if useful to you, only in theory, as additional knowledge.