GIVING A PILL TO A DOG
The easiest way to administer a pill to a dog is to dissolve the pill in a dollop of some type of food you only give them as a reward for good behaviour. You can use treats specially designed for this purpose like Pill Assist™, or canned food, peanut butter, spreadable cheese, or any other safe food product your dog will gladly gobble up.
Make sure they swallow it all. A spoonful of sugar really does help the medicine go down!
If your dog refuses to cooperate or this method isn’t advised because they’re allergic, fasting, etc., here’s what we recommend:
- Hold the pill between the thumb and index finger of one hand.
- With the other, hold the dog’s mouth open by putting pressure on the upper canines with the thumb and index finger. Rest the palm of that hand on your dog’s head. Maintain enough pressure so your pet can’t get free by simply lowering their head.
- Tilt their head back. Their mouth will start to open on its own.
- Push their mouth open a little more with the middle finger of the hand holding the pill.
- Drop the pill onto the base of their tongue.
- Quickly close their mouth, release your grip, and watch to make sure they swallow the pill (blowing on their nose or massaging their throat can help). You can tell your pet has swallowed the pill if they lick the tip of their nose.