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We know that giving medication to pets is sometimes quite a challenge, but it is VERY important that you give your pet all of the medication they have been prescribed in order for it to work. That is why we want to help take the stress out of medication times by giving you some of the handy pointers below.

Tips For Dogs

Giving your dog a pill

  • Ideally, give your dog its pill in a small handful of food. Some dogs get wise to this and spit out the pill. If this is the case you will need to give it directly:
  • Hold the tablet between your thumb and index finger (use your right hand if you are right handed, and vice versa). It may help to grease it in butter or margarine to stop it getting stuck.
  • Gently place your hand on top of your dog's muzzle with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other behind its canine teeth.
  • Tilt your dogs head towards the sky. If their mouth is still closed, open their lower jaw with your other hand holding the pill between the lower canines. 
  • Drop the pill as far back onto the tongue as you can, the further back the more likely it is to be swallowed. Be careful not to put your hand too far back or you will cause your dog to gag, dropping the tablet out and possibly biting you accidentally. 
  • Hold their mouth closed and allow their head to drop down again. Rub their throat or blow lightly onto their nose to make them swallow.
  • The faster you do this, the less stress for you and your dog. 
  • Give your dog a treat and plenty of praise after it to make the experience more positive.

 

Giving your dog ear drops

  • Your dog may be in a lot of pain and even if they are normally fine, they may bite out of pain. You may need a muzzle for this procedure.
  • Make sure you know how to open and use the dropper with the drug inside.
  • Hold the dropper in your right hand if you are right-handed and vice versa.
  • Using your other hand, pull the ear flap straight upwards.
  • Put the described number of drops into the ear, still holding it up.
  • If your dog will allow you, rub its ear gently in a circular motion.
  • Release its ear and offer it a treat.

 

Giving your dog eye drops

  • Wash your hand before and after applying medicine to stop spreading infection
  • If your dog is in pain, you may need someone to help you hold them or a muzzle.
  • Hold the bottle (right hand if you are right-handed) using your thumb and index finger, rest your hand on top of your dog's head to stabilize your hand.
  • Using your other hand, pull down the lower eyelid with your thumb and place your other fingers under your dog's jaw to support their head.
  • Hold the bottle close to the eye WITHOUT touching it or you can scratch it. 
  • Squeeze the required number of drops or amount of ointment out onto the centre of the eye or around the lower eyelid.
  • Let go and your dog will blink the medication over their eye.
  • Offer a treat when you are finished.

 

Brushing your dog's teeth

  • Find a quiet time to start.
  • It is best to start teaching your dog as a puppy, it may take longer as it gets older.
  • Rub your finger or a cloth over your dog's gums.
  • Once they seem comfortable with this, try putting some toothpaste on your finger to let them get used to the taste. (DO NOT use human toothpaste as it can make them sick).
  • Next apply some to a toothbrush, raise your dog's lip on one side and then brush one or two cheek teeth in a back-and-forth manner. Hold the bristles towards the gumline at a 45 degree angle to the tooth. You will need to open your dog's mouth more to reach the lower gumline. 
  • Work from the back to the front, then switch to the other side. Gradually increase until you can do all of the teeth (this may take several days).
  • You only need to clean the outer surface as the tongue removes the plaque from the inside.
  • Brush for 30 seconds per side.
  • Give your pet praise and a treat.
  • Wash your hands after doing this as your dog has lots of bacteria in their teeth.

 

If you are unsure, ask our vets or nurses to show you how to give your pet its medication. If you are still struggling, contact the practice and we may be able to assist you or offer a different treatment route.


Tips For Cats

Giving your cat a pill

  • Ideally, give your cat its pill in a small handful of food. Some cats get wise to this and spit out the pill or have a diet that means this is difficult to do. If this is the case you will need to give it directly:
  • Make sure you are in a safe, quiet area and the pill is easy to reach. 
  • If you are alone, have your cat on your lap. If you have someone to help, get them to wrap the cat in a towel with only its head exposed.
  • Hold the tablet between your thumb and index finger (use your right hand if you are right handed, and vice versa). It may help to grease it in butter or margarine to stop it getting stuck.
  • Gently place your hand on top of your cat's head with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other.
  • Tilt your cat's head back over their shoulders so that their nose points towards the sky. If their mouth is still closed, open their lower jaw with your other hand holding the pill between the lower canines. 
  • Drop the pill as far back onto the tongue as you can, the further back the more likely it is to be swallowed. Be careful not to put your hand too far back or you will cause your cat to gag, dropping the tablet out and possibly biting you accidentally. 
  • Hold their mouth closed and allow their head to drop down again. Rub their throat or blow lightly onto their nose to make them swallow.
  • The faster you do this, the less stress for you and your cat. 
  • If you are still having trouble:
  • Hold your cat on a table with its back feet at the table's edge, scruff their neck and lift their front feet off the table and their jaw will open.

 

Giving your cat ear drops

  • Your cat may be in a lot of pain and even if they are normally fine, they may bite or scratch out of pain.
  • Make sure you know how to open and use the dropper with the drug inside.
  • If you are alone, have your cat on your lap. If you have someone to help, get them to wrap the cat in a towel with only its head exposed.
  • Hold the dropper in your right hand if you are right-handed and vice versa.
  • Using the last 2 fingers on the same hand, hold the ear tip.
  • Place your other hand under your cat's head to support it.
  • Put the described number of drops into the ear, still holding it up.
  • If your cat will allow you, rub its ear gently in a circular motion.
  • Release its ear.

 

Giving your cat eye drops

  • Wash your hand before and after applying medicine to stop spreading infection
  • If you are alone, have your cat on your lap. If you have someone to help, get them to wrap the cat in a towel with only its head exposed.
  • Hold the bottle (right hand if you are right-handed) using your thumb and index finger.
  • Using the last 2 fingers of the same hand, pull up the upper eyelid with your thumb and place your other fingers under your cat's jaw to support their head.
  • Hold the bottle close to the eye WITHOUT touching it or you can scratch it. 
  • Squeeze the required number of drops or amount of ointment out onto the centre of the eye or around the lower eyelid.
  • Let go and your cat will blink the medication over their eye.
  • Offer a treat when you are finished.

 

Giving your cat liquid medication

  • Ideally, give your cat its medication in their food. Some cats get wise to this and spit out the medicine. If this is the case you will need to give it directly:
  • Make sure you are in a safe, quiet area and the pill is easy to reach.
  • If you are alone, have your cat on your lap. If you have someone to help, get them to wrap the cat in a towel with only its head exposed.
  • Draw up the required amount into the syringe and hold it in your right hand if you are right-handed and vice versa.
  • First - see if your cat will lick the medication from the end of the syringe as you slower push in the plunger. 
  • If this fails:
  • Gently scruff your cat by their neck and lift their paws off your lap so that their mouth opens slightly.
  • Place the syringe tip in the side o the mouth, just behind the canine teeth.
  • Slowly press the plunger so that the medicine goes in and the cat has time to swallow and breathe.
  • Most cats will spit some out. DO NOT give more unless you are absolutely sure that you failed to get any in.
  • Rinse the syringe well with water.

 

Brushing your cat's teeth

  • Find a quiet time to start.
  • It is best to start teaching your cat as a kitten, it may take longer as it gets older.
  • Hold your cat securely in your lap.
  • Rub your finger or a cloth over your cat's gums. Stay on the outside of their teeth to avoid being bitten.
  • Once they seem comfortable with this, try putting some toothpaste on your finger to let them get used to the taste. (DO NOT use human toothpaste as it can make them sick).
  • Next, apply a small amount to a toothbrush and place your free hand over your cat’s head with your thumb and index finger on opposite sides of your cat’s upper jaw. Gently raise your cat’s lip on one side and begin by brushing one or two cheek teeth.
  • Hold the bristles towards the gumline at a 45 degree angle to the tooth. You will need to open your cat's mouth more to reach the lower gumline. 
  • Work from the back to the front, then switch to the other side. Gradually increase until you can do all of the teeth (this may take several days).
  • You only need to clean the outer surface as the tongue removes the plaque from the inside.
  • Brush for 30 seconds per side.
  • Wash your hands after doing this as your cat has lots of bacteria in their teeth.

If you are unsure, ask our vets or nurses to show you how to give your pet its medication. If you are still struggling, contact the practice and we may be able to assist you or offer a different treatment route. For more help and advice on performing these tasks, see these videos produced by Elanco in collaboration with International Cat Care.

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