2 Methods to Give Oral Medication to Your Pets

2 Methods to Give Oral Medication to Your Pets

Having a sick pet at home can be very challenging for any pet-owner. However, having to administer oral medications can make it extra difficult. Even if you want to avoid it, all pets will have to drink oral medications at one point or another – be it for their deworming treatment, for disease management, or for treating an injury.

At Eastern’s Pharmacy, a trusted Pharmacy in Seattle, we provide an extensive list of quality pet medications. In this section, we will be discussing some methods as to how you can give oral medications to your pets.

  1. Disguise in it food

    One of the best ways to get your pet to swallow a pill is by disguising it in food. You can hide pills inside pieces of canned food, bread, meat, hot dogs, or some other delicacy. Some pets may just eat around the pill or refuse to eat the treat once they smell the medication. In cases like this, make sure to use your personal knowledge of your pet’s preferences and hide the pill inside one of their favorite treats.

    Note: Before you follow this tip, make sure to talk to your veterinarian first and ask them if your pet’s medication can be given with food.

  2. Poking the pill

    If the medication can’t be given with food or if your pet has no appetite, you will have the unpleasant task of poking the pill down your pet’s throat. For example, for dog owners, you can keep a large dog still by straddling it and holding its shoulders steady between your knees. However, make sure that you don’t put your weight on your dog’s back. If you have a smaller dog, you can handle it better by facing or kneeling beside it.

    Once you have them steady, use one hand to grasp the dog’s muzzle over the top and with your other hand, carefully pull their bottom jaw down. Once their mouth is open, poke the pill as far back inside their mouth as quickly as you can. Once the pill is inside, close their mouth immediately and shut it firmly. Keep their mouth closed and gently stroke their throat until they swallow.

These are just two methods that you can try to get your pet to swallow their oral medication. If you are looking for high-quality pet medications, come visit our pharmacy or contact us at 206-622-6094.

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