Administration of Liquid Medicine
Manufacturers of licensed products for dogs have today made tremendous efforts to ensure that medicines are not only efficacious but also palatable.
Syringes, spoons, droppers and other giving devices are often provided. However the following tips may be of help, particularly with the more difficult dog.
1. Can I administer the medicine in the food?
Yes, this is possible in the majority of cases but make sure only a small quantity of food is given so you are sure the dog has taken the full dose at the time. If you put the medicine in the entire meal and some is not eaten you are never sure if sufficient medicine has been given.
2. My dog will not take the medicine in the food. How shall I administer it?
The easiest method is to use a plastic syringe. Your veterinary surgeon will have discussed the dose and will be able to supply a syringe of the correct size. Draw up the measured dose by sucking the medicine up by withdrawing the plunger from the syringe. The nozzle of the syringe can then be introduced between the lips at the side of the mouth with the head tipped upwards. It is always useful getting someone to help you if at all possible. The medicine can then be gently dripped into the mouth, rubbing the dog’s throat at the same time to encourage him to swallow. Do not squirt the medicine too quickly.
3. If I try to give my dog medicine he throws his head around and I am never sure he is getting any, most goes on me.
This is not unusual:
(a) Try to get someone to help you
(b) Apply either a purpose made muzzle or one fashioned from a piece of bandage.
We will show you how to apply this. The medicine can then be gently dripped, between the teeth, at the side of the mouth, encouraging the dog to swallow at the same time by gently rubbing the throat.
If your dog is this uncooperative do not try to force a spoon between his teeth, this is usually universally resented.
If you still have difficulties, please contact us and we will try to help.