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Old 04-05-2011, 08:45 PM
 
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My dog was medicated some liquid medicine to be given 3 times a day with a syringe...oh my god...it's a huge pain. I couldn't do it, he just wouldn't open his mouth. I feel so bad putting him through that too! He doesn't know it's for his own good (obviously) and I don't want him to hate me , but he needs it. Any tips on how to get him to take it?
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:49 PM
 
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If its a liquid, soak a piece of bread with the meds and give it to him. My dogs seem to take meds easier in solid form.
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:53 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I know exactly how you feel. I am the same way when I have to give medicine to my dog. No forcing or anything allowed. You are going to have to get his/her attention off of the syringe. Like hide it and start playing with him/her and then sneak it in real quick. Then make sure to have his/her favorite snack immediately on hand!!!!

If all of that fails maybe squirt the medicine in his/her favorite food. I wrap my dogs in some ham, give her the ham, and then immediately give her another bigger piece of ham to kind of trick her.

I feel for you believe me. I hope you find a way. Good luck!!!
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Old 04-05-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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My dog was medicated some liquid medicine to be given 3 times a day with a syringe...oh my god...it's a huge pain. I couldn't do it, he just wouldn't open his mouth. I feel so bad putting him through that too! He doesn't know it's for his own good (obviously) and I don't want him to hate me , but he needs it. Any tips on how to get him to take it?
You are going to have to pry open his jaws. He will not hate you. He may dislike the process but you are the human and it is your responsibility to give him his medicine since he cannot do for himself.

Now, buck-up and don't let him make you feel guilty. You are the parent!
Yes, it is a pain but your dog's health depends on you. You can do it!

(my best pep talk)
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Eretz Yisrael
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Just squeeze lightly on the back of his jaw (left & right side). His mouth will open slightly. Place the head of the sringe towards the back and squeeze and the licking will take over to swallow it. After give him a Velveeta slice so he will associate a reward with it.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:07 PM
 
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You are going to have to pry open his jaws. He will not hate you. He may dislike the process but you are the human and it is your responsibility to give him his medicine since he cannot do for himself.

Now, buck-up and don't let him make you feel guilty. You are the parent!
Yes, it is a pain but your dog's health depends on you. You can do it!

(my best pep talk)
Although I agree with the precept of giving the meds, I don't agree with the statement "prying open his jaws" or the use of any sort of force. Why not find a way to make getting his meds a pleasant experience rather than a negative one?
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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Or just pull his lips up at the back of his mouth and squirt it between his teeth. Hold his mouth shut until he swallows. Or mix it in with a tablespoon or two of canned food. Or call your vet and ask for a tablet or capsule so you can use a pill pocket.
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Old 04-05-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies! With his other medication in tablet form, I do put it inside his favorite foods and treats so he can take it, it's just this liquid one that's impossible for him to take. I'll try the idea of soaking it in his treats, I'll see how that works. I'm seeing the vet next week for a follow-up so if I'm still having trouble with it, I'll ask him if there's a tablet form of the medication so he can take it more easily.

I know he won't hate me, but I swear, minutes after putting him through that (it was a lot of struggling and resistance), he wouldn't even look at me or come to me . I did reward him for being good and gave him extra treats. I tried several ways, I also tried to make it quick and not let him see the syringe and try to sneak it in there, but the minute I try to open his mouth he just resists and won't have anything to do with it. Anyway I'll keep trying! I hope it gets easier.
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Old 04-05-2011, 10:05 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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the easiest way to administer liquid medication is to squirt it slowly into the cheek...
dogs like humans have a cheek pouch the back corner of the mouth between the lip and the teeth...
squirt a little in...
dogs dont have the ability to push anything out with their tounge from the cheek and theres a gap in the teeth at the back of the jaw so the liquid leaks in from the cheek trhough that gap and down the throat,
takes a little longer to do this way...but its much less traumatic for you AND the dog than trying to "pry open his jaws"
and its how i was taught to administer liquid meds when working as a vet assist
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Old 04-05-2011, 11:14 PM
 
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If it's not too big a dose, squirt it in a pill pocket and pinch the top closed. He'll down it before he knows what's in it. I use pill pockets to give my dogs meds, they don't even notice the med!
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