Can I Give My Dog Pills?

Can I Give My Dog Pills?Let’s talk about the use of pills for pets in general. It’s important to know how to administer various medications. Obviously you can’t call a veterinarian every time your dog needs to take some vitamins or medicine.

Pills are great for people but syrups and other liquid forms of medicines are usually easier to administer to dogs. Some drugs come in capsule or tablet form which may be easily turned into powdered form as needed.

But there are certain types of medications that only come in pill form. Smashing up the pill and mixing the contents into your dog’s food is a possibility. In any case, any meds should be prescribed by a veterinarian.

Can I Give My Dog Pills? Answer: Yes, when safe and appropriate

This is a broad topic. The most important thing to know is that any medicine needs to be cleared with your vet before giving it to a precious pet.

Sometimes you’ll need to give your dog allergy pills, antibiotic pills and vitamin supplements. Administering medicine orally is the most common way to introduce various treatments for dogs. Dog owners should know the basic procedures and guidelines for giving oral medicines. Let’s get into more detail below regarding giving your dog any pill.

How to Give Pills to a Dog

If you’re a right handed person, place your left hand on the top portion of your dog’s head. Use your right hand for holding the pill which should be between your thumb and index finger. Then use your left hand’s thumb and index finger to lift your dog’s upper jaw.

As you tilt your dog’s head back, the lower jaw will naturally drop and open up. Place the pill on the base of the dog’s tongue, near the throat area and as far back as possible. Then slightly push the pill down their throat. After it’s down, immediately close their mouth to encourage your dog to swallow.

To confirm, hold and keep your dog’s head tilted back until you’ve observed the pill’s definitely been swallowed. Stroke your dog’s neck as soon as you close their mouth. This will help the pill to go down more smoothly inside their throat. A caressing hand will encourage your canine. They can often sense what you want, somehow.

Giving your dog pills isn’t very pleasant because they don’t understand what’s going on. This is especially true if they’re not used to taking tablet or pill medicines. Try to do this maneuver as swiftly and safely as possible. Success on the first try will be less stressful for both of you than several failed attempts.

Pills vs. Capsules & Syrup Medicines

Once you get the hang of it, oral pills are easier to give than capsules and liquid medicines. When a pill is swallowed by your dog, your task is done almost immediately. Then you’ll just need to closely monitor them.

Capsules are administered in the same way as pills. These are also pushed down the throat. However, capsules tend to be a bit slippery. They can sometimes give you quite a hard time to repeat the procedure once the capsule gets wet from your dog’s saliva. Taking out the capsule’s contents and mixing it with dog food may be easier and less intrusive.

Liquid medicines are also not difficult to administer, especially flavored syrups. Puppies, that are not yet accustomed to swallowing pills, are often given such liquid forms.

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With the right medicine and some tender loving care, your pet dog should get well soon. Dogs are smart so while they don’t understand how pills work, they somehow know their master is looking out for them. So yes, you can give your dog pills if you know what you’re doing!

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Deborah November, 2015

I have 10 furry babies, 5 of which are Miniature Schnauzers and they are spoiled rotten. The one thing that always works for me, when giving medicine to them in pill form, is by hiding it in a wad of cream cheese. They absolutely love cream cheese and I have yet to have any problem administering any type of medication since.


Steve November, 2015

We have a 9 year Boxer who just had surgery on her ACL so we have to give her lots of meds right now. My Question is what can I dip or pour or swipe on my finger so when I give her a pill she will continue to swallow?


Leela November, 2015

Maybe you could put a little peanut butter on it.


Laverne August, 2015

My vet had given me a pill to calm my dog when we go on trips. Unfortunatly, I forgot which one to give him. The names are Doxycycline 100mg, Flagyl 500mg and Acepromazine 10mg. Does anyone know which one is for Lyme Disease and which is for trips?


James August, 2015

Hello Laverne. Acepromazine is definitely for the trips and Doxycycline is likely for Lyme Disease. I hope that helps.


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