Dog Health Care, Medications, How to Give Pills, Liquids, Eye Drops and Ear Drops for Dogs.

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It can be very frustrating to try to get your squirmy little pup to swallow a pill, but it is not impossible. Following are a few tips that can help make it easier for everyone.

When giving a pill, never underestimate the power of treats. Many dogs love cheese, so wrap the pill in cheese and your dog will probably wolf it down. If cheese isn't your dog's weakness, almost anything else will work. Peanut butter, bread, a bit of hot dog, or a soft dog biscuit are good hiding places for pills.

How to Give Liquids

Liquid medicine can be a little harder. It is easiest to use a syringe into which the medication can be measured. Place the tip into the side of your puppy's mouth by the back teeth. Squirt the medication in, and then hold your puppy's muzzle shut so that she cannot spit it out; stroke your dog's throat so that she will swallow.

Eye Drops or Ointment

Administer eye drops straight from the bottle. Tilting the dog's head upward, hold the bottle in your dominant hand and squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the eye. Try not to touch the eye with the applicator tip. To apply an ointment to the eye, hold the head still with one hand, and pull the lower eyelid downward. Using your dominant hand, squeeze a small amount of ointment onto the eyelid, then release the eyelid and gently rub the surface of the closed eye to distribute the ointment over the eyeball. Again, be careful not to poke the dog in the eye with the applicator. It may help to have someone else hold her head for you.

Ear Drops or Ointment

Ear medications often need to go deep into the ear, so they usually come in a tube or bottle with a long, narrow applicator. Place the applicator inside the ear and dispense the appropriate amount. Be sure you have a firm grasp on your dog's head while you do this. Before he can shake his head and send the medication flying, fold the ear over and gently massage it to make sure the medication is thoroughly distributed.