Do you struggle to give your dog the medicine they require throughout the year? Are they too clever and sense what you are up when giving them medication! Keeping your dogs’ medication dosages up to date helps act as a preventative measure against unwanted pests such as ticks and fleas. Medicating your dog at home may also be required for an illness or other conditions your dog may have.
1. Dogs medical history
When you first get a dog, it is a good idea to register them with a vet and if necessary to check their records to make sure they are up to date with all of their vaccinations and injections. If needed your vet will be able to recommend the right dosage of medication your dog will require throughout the year.
2. Purchasing dog medication
When purchasing dog medication from a shop always read the instructions indicated on the label, as different brands can vary in concentration and application. Always purchase from a reputable source and avoid knock of alternatives. If you dog requires medication or prescription for a specific illness always purchase from a vet, to make sure your dog is on the best treatment for their condition. Giving your dog the incorrect medication or dose could do more damage than good.
3. Trick your dog
A slice of ham wrapped around your dog’s tablet is one of the fastest ways to get a tablet into your dog’s system. Another way to disguise tablets / liquid medicine is to mix them in with a wet dog mixture so they don’t suspect anything.
4. Keep your dog still
There are some good techniques to help getting your dog to relax when you are giving them their medicine. They don’t understand that it is for their benefit that you need to restrain them to encourage them to swallow their medication. Small dogs can be gently wrapped up in a blanket to stop them resisting and giving you a free hand. With larger dogs it’s a good idea to back them into a corner, so they don’t have room to move around. Tilt your dog’s head back gently to encourage them to swallow. Talk to your dog calmly to help them relax. When you have successfully administered your dogs’ medication, reward them with their favourite treat or toy.
5. Keep an eye on your dog
When your dog has taken their medication, monitor them for up to an hour after to make sure they don’t get sick or spit it back out.
6. Safely store dog medication
Always keep medication out of reach and secure from dogs and children.
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