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Giving The Dog A Pill The Easy Way

By Jerry Welsh

Being a pet parent entails a lot of responsibilities to guarantee the health of the pet. All dog owners must know how to give the dog a pill as dogs, like humans, get sick. Sick dogs would need pills only for a time and the arduous task will be over when the dog recovers from the ailment. The need to give the dog its daily vitamins and supplements can be a very arduous task for an owner that does not know how to pill the dog the easy way. How to give a pill to a dog?

A dog that spews the pill or eludes the master makes pilling even more difficult. Giving the dog a pill often becomes a battle of wits as the wise master would disguise the taste of the pill with the taste of food but because of the dog’s ultra sensitive senses, the pill will be discovered. Because dogs would not understand that the pill would make him well, it would be up to the owner to learn how to make pill giving a little easier.

Some dogs would take the pill offered by the master without a fuss. But as soon as the master’s back is turned, out the pill would go from the dog’s mouth. After giving the pill, an owner must not leave at once to make sure that the pill was swallowed by the pet.

Another pilling technique is to disguise the taste of pill with the taste of food. This can be done by mixing a little amount of food with the crushed pill or with the liquid medication. This method though can be used only if the dog is not under dietary restriction. The dog would not know that the pill is hidden in the ham, chicken breast or liverwurst as dogs usually gobble up their food.

Generally, very sick dogs would turn away from food. Masking the taste of the pill with the taste of food would not be an effective technique. The pill must be placed directly on the dog’s mouth. This technique would be easier if the dog is accustomed to being touched or to teeth brushing. Carefully open the mouth and insert the pill deep in the mouth. Make sure that the teeth are covered by the flews to prevent the dog from biting your hand. Gently blow on the nose and rub the throat to encourage the dog to swallow the pill.

Read more tips on how to give a dog a pill without a fuzz at Sarah’s Dogs.

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