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Giving the dog a pill: tips and tricks

For some dogs, giving them the pill is not a problem at all. With others, however, it is not that easy to get used to the administration of medication. We have 10 tips for you to look out for when giving your dog pills and to get your dog to swallow the medication.

1. Inform yourself well about the medication

Get precise advice from your veterinarian on how to give the medication to your dog: Are there any particularities? Is it allowed to dissolve or crush the tablet or does that affect their effectiveness? This is possible with most drugs, but there are always exceptions!

2. Mix the tablet into the food

This method is probably the most common trick used by pet owners when they want to give their animals a tablet: they simply mix it with the normal food and hope that the animal does not notice it. With dogs this is of course also possible and often successful. But you should pay attention to one or the other:

  1. It is best to take the tablet (if possible) too crush (e.g. with a mortar) and then sprinkle over the feed. Liquid medication can be drizzled over it. If you mix the tablet in one piece with the food, the dog may spit it out again or leave it directly in the bowl.
  2. Sometimes drugs taste very bitter, which can lead to the dog stopping to eat and generally refusing food - simply because it no longer tastes good or it smells different. To prevent that from happening, you should take care that the Mix the crushed drug well with the feed.
  3. It can also be helpful to have the First mix the drug into a smaller portion of food and then offer the dog a "normal" portion. Because sick dogs in particular often do not have such a great appetite. However, once the tablet has been crushed, the entire portion must be eaten so that the dog can completely absorb the medication. This is more likely with a smaller serving. You can also reward your dog with a "normal-tasting" portion afterwards.

3. Hide the tablet in the treat

An alternative to adding the medication to the dog's main food is to to hide it in a treat. Most dogs mouth watering when they see a treat. It is plastered off so quickly that, ideally, the tablet in it is not even noticeable. Please note the following:

  • Choose one The softest possible treat, in which you can hide the tablet well, and that you know your dog will love.
  • Some treats in stores already have a notch in which you can put a tablet. You can also cut a slit in the treat with a knife and place the medication in it. The tablet can also be hidden in a piece of cheese or wrapped in liver sausage.
  • If your dog realizes that the treat doesn't taste as good as usual, it can happen that at some point he no longer wants to take it. To avoid that, you can give him a "normal" treat before and after the tablet treat (immediately one after the other). The first stimulates the desire for more, the second delivers the tablet and the third gives the dog a "positive conclusion" with a good taste.

Tip: You can also give your dog a command before giving the treats. This can increase the dog's appetite.

Of course, you shouldn't overload your dog with treats. This is not good for your health and is not an optimal solution, especially for overweight dogs.

4. Taking tablets as a ritual

Dogs love fixed structures and rituals. That gives them security. Take advantage of this for the administration of the tablet and insert one for it time firmly. You can also introduce this ritual before the dog even has to take pills: Every day, at about the same time, there are one or two treats (also with a command, so that the dog has to “work out” it). If your dog needs a tablet, you can simply hide it in one of these treats - nothing changes for the dog.

5. Get the dog used to it from an early age

So that it doesn't become a problem in an emergency, it is best to have your dog already get used to taking pills from an early age. Of course, you mustn't give him any real medication that he doesn't need! But you can get him used to you, for example be allowed to open his mouth or teach him the command "Open your mouth" so that he can open his mouth by himself.

6. Accessibility features for drugs

It is often easier to give the dog the Tablet in liquid form to administer. If the drug allows, dissolve the tablet in water and pour the liquid into a Input help, e.g. a Disposable syringe (without a needle!) or a pipette. You can then give the dissolved tablet into your dog's mouth. To do this, you need the dog's mouth Open carefully. Place the input aid on the back of the tongue as far back as possible to trigger the dog's swallowing reflex.

This method has the advantage that the dog does not have to swallow a whole tablet in one piece and cannot simply spit it out again, but the dog must let you open its mouth or want to open it by itself.

7. Put the tablet directly into the dog's mouth

It is of course also possible to give the dog the Put the tablet directly into the mouth. It's a little trickier than hiding the medicine in the food. But if your dog doesn't let himself be tricked or if you don't have a treat on hand, it can be very helpful that you can simply put the tablet directly into his mouth.

To do this, you must first make it, the mouth of the dog to open. It is advisable to teach the dog the command to "open its mouth" from the very beginning, then you will have no problems with it.

If your dog is not yet in command, you have to You open his mouth. It works like this:

  1. Grasp the dog's head above the ears and very gently pull his head back a little.
  2. Grab it with your hand carefully over the dog's muzzle and carefully open the catch on one side with your thumb.
  3. Then use your thumb to press between the teeth behind the canines, taking the lips with you as well.
  4. Then push the tablet into the dog's mouth (as far back as possible) and make sure that he does Tablet also really swallows. To do this, you can still leave your hand on your dog's muzzle so that his mouth remains closed.
It can be helpful, especially at the beginning, to be two when opening your mouth.

8. Observe whether the dog really swallows the tablet

You should give your dog a few minutes after giving the tablets watch closely to make sure he swallowed the pill. He may spit them out again.

9. No stress when administering medication

One is very important when administering medication to dogs calm and relaxed mood. If you are stressed or hectic, it will affect your dog as well. This can make tablet administration more difficult. You should therefore give the medicine at a point in time when you really have time and not when you actually have to go again.

10. Ask the veterinarian for advice

If you've tried everything but your dog just doesn't want to ingest the tablet or keeps spitting it out, you should ask your veterinarian for advice. Maybe he still has an insider tip or there is the active ingredient that your dog needs, too in a different form, e.g. as a liquid or as a spot-on spray.