How to Administer Liquid Oral Medications
From your Veterinary Medicine Guide
How to give your cat or dog liquid medication using a dropper.
- Read administration instructions, if shaking the medication is required before administering, shake thoroughly.
- Aspirate the proper dosage amount up into the dropper.
- Have a small treat or some canned food nearby. Make sure that the medication can be given with food.
- Call your pet, encouraging and praising him/her as you get into position.
- Wrap your non-dominant arm around the back of the pet's neck, grasping the underside of the jaw with thumb and fingers for stabilization.
- Tilt the nose up, at about a 45 degree angle.
- Gently slide the nose of the dropper between the lips at the corner of the mouth. You don't need to open the mouth.
- Administer the medication slowly -- too quick, and the animal may gag and cough the medicine out.
- As the medication hits the back of the throat, the animal will swallow.
- Continue the liquid adminstration slowly and at a constant rate. The pet should 'drink' it down without too much fuss.
- Uncooperative pets may need to be wrapped in a towel or blanket prior to medication administration.
- Some vets and pharmacies specialize in making medications tasty to pets. If you are having difficulty with medication adminstration, ask if this would be a possibility for your pet.
- Praise and reward the pet after the medication is administered, so the experience will be as positive as possible. Give the treat without the medication now and then, too.
- Stand behind your pet, using your body to prevent the pet from wriggling free backwards through your arms.
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