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Pet Medication – How Do I Give a Pill to a Dog?

December 24, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, General Dog Health, Pet Medications

Learn a trick for how to give pills to a dog! Make pet medication time easy! (Maria Kaloudi Photo)

Wondering how to get your dog to take a pill? Giving a dog medication can be a struggle that’s traumatic for both dog and owner. So many pet owners go through unnecessary hassle, trying to pry a dog’s jaws open (good luck with that) then, they’ll stick a hand inside the dog’s mouth in an attempt to toss the pill down the dog’s throat.

Many dog owners end up having to repeat the process when the dog spits out the pill. Then you’re left trying to repeat the process with an agitated dog and a disintegrating, sticky pill. Some even end up with an accidental dog bite, when their hand is in the wrong place at the wrong time, all while the dog is trying to snap his jaws closed in an attempt to avoid the pill.

So instead of wrangling your dog, try this simple trick to giving a dog pills.

Getting a Dog to Take a Pill – Cream Cheese and Peanut Butter

This method for getting a dog to take medicine in pill form is really easy. Place the pill in a dollop of peanut butter or cream cheese. Then, offer it to the dog – this is, hands down, the easiest way to give a pill to a dog.

This method also works if a dog won’t eat. If a dog is really sick, he won’t eat the peanut butter or cream cheese voluntarily. This is where the sticky nature of these foods comes in handy.

For a dog who won’t eat, smear the pet medication-laden cream cheese or peanut butter onto the roof of the dog’s mouth, right behind his front teeth. The dog will lick the peanut butter/cream cheese off the roof of his mouth, ingesting the pill in the process.

Giving Pets Medication in Cheese and Hot Dogs

If you don’t have cream cheese or peanut butter on-hand, you can try cheese or hot dogs. To give a pill to a dog using cheese, warm a bit of cheese in the microwave for 10 seconds – just enough to soften the cheese. Then, squash the cheese into a ball and insert the pill. Then, give the dog the cheese containing the pet medication.

You can also use hot dog bits. Cook a hot dog and cut a piece that’s a bit longer than the pill. Stick the pill into the center of the hot dog and serve.

Unfortunately, giving a dog a pill with cheese or hot dog bits only works if the dog is interested in eating. If a really sick dog won’t eat, there’s a good chance he won’t go for the cheese or hot dog bits. In that case, you’ll need to opt for peanut butter or cream cheese.

Related Articles on Pet Medication

Dog owners may also enjoy learning about why you should avoid giving dogs medication by hiding pills in dog food. To learn more, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article titled Tips for Giving Pet Medications – Hiding Pills in Food.

Another helpful tool can be a pet pill shooter or pill gun. To learn more about how a pill shooter works and why it’s helpful for giving medication to a dog or cat, read What is a Pill Shooter or Pill Gun?

Do you also own a cat? Cat owners may enjoy learning Methods for Giving a Pill to a Cat.

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How to Treat a Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile – Home Remedies for a Vomiting Dog

December 23, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Vomiting and Stomach Problems, Home Remedies for Dogs

Learn home remedies for dog vomiting and how to treat a dog vomiting yellow bile. (Martin Rotovnik Photo)

This article will address questions like “Are there any home remedies for a dog vomiting yellow liquid?” “Can I give over-the-counter medication to a dog vomiting yellow bile?” and “How to you stop chronic dog vomiting of bile?”

A common and chronic health problem in dogs, vomiting yellow bile and stomach acids is caused by two basic problems: infrequent meals and over-production of bile and stomach acids. (Read Why is My Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile? to learn more about the causes of this type of upset stomach.)

Though it’s important to visit the veterinary clinic for an examination and diagnosis of what’s causing the dog’s stomach problems, there are a couple simple home remedies that can be used to treat a dog vomiting bile. Though the treatment will vary depending upon what’s causing the dog’s upset stomach.

Dog Vomiting Treatment – Feeding More Frequently

This home remedy for a dog vomiting yellow bile is effective in a pet who is experiencing an upset stomach due to irritation from an empty stomach. Stomach irritation occurs when stomach acids and bile accumulate in the empty stomach.

So instead of feeding a dog once or twice per day, divide the dog food into three or four portions. This will prevent dog vomiting of bile and stomach acids since the stomach will not be empty for long periods of time.


Treat and Prevent Dog Vomiting of Yellow Bile – Over-the-Counter Medication for Dogs

Some over-the-counter medications are safe for dogs. Dogs can take Pepcid AC (famotidine), and this will treat and prevent vomiting in the case of a dog who vomits yellow bile due to over-production of stomach acids and bile. Pepcid is also given to dogs with stomach ulcers – a common secondary problem seen in dogs with frequent upset stomach and vomiting problems.

The Pepcid dosage for dogs is 0.25 mg to 0.50 mg per each pound of body weight. This famotidine dosage for dogs is given every 12-24 hours.

For dog owners who use the metric system, the dog Pepcid dosage is 0.5 mg to 1.0 mg per every kilogram of body weight.

When giving any over-the-counter medication to a dog, it’s best to start off with the lowest dosage. Only move up to the higher dosage if the lower dosage is ineffective.

Giving Over-the-Counter Medications to Dogs – Cautions for Pepcid (Famotidine)

While it’s generally safe to give Pepcid to a dog, it’s important to note that a small number of dogs may be allergic to famotidine, so it’s important to monitor the dog very carefully and only under the direction of a veterinarian. A small “test dose” may be given in sensitive dogs with other known allergy problems.
Dogs with kidney disease or liver disease may not tolerate Pepcid or other OTC medications containing Famotidine, so in these dogs, famotidine should only be given with the close supervision of a veterinarian.

Pet owners should also remember that not all OTC medications are safe for dogs and depending on allergies and pre-existing medical conditions, some dogs may react adversely to an OTC medicine that’s safe for dogs in general. So never, ever give OTC medication to dogs without first consulting your veterinarian.

Related Articles on Dog Vomiting and Pet Medication

To learn more about what causes a dog to vomit yellow liquid, read The Sick Dog Blog’s article Why is My Dog Vomiting Yellow Bile?

Dog owners may also enjoy reading Tips for Giving Pet Medication – Hiding Pills in Food, which explains why pet owners should never, ever try to give a dog medication by hiding the pills in dog food.

Do you struggle trying to get a dog to take medicine? Read Pet Medication – How Do I Give a Pill to a Dog?

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