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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 Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

February 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Dog Illnesses and Diseases, Dog Symptoms, General Dog Health

Pale gums are a symptom of a sick dog. (Marjorie Manicke Photo)

This article will answer questions like, “What should I look for when I check my dog’s gums?” “What will a sick dog’s gums look like?” “What does it mean if a dog has pale gums?” and “Help! My dog has dry, pale white gums! What should I do?”

Checking a dog’s gums is a very reliable way to check on a dog’s health in a general sense. In many cases, a sick dog will have white gums or other gum discoloration.

But how do you check a dog’s gums? What should you look for when you check a dog’s gums? Keep reading for a guide on how to check your dog’s gums.

How Do I Check My Dog’s Gums?

Begin by lifting the dog’s lip and examine the gums. It’s best to check a dog’s gums in natural light.

A healthy dog’s gums will be pink. Healthy gum colors in dogs range from bubblegum pink to a darker salmon.

An unhealthy dog’s gums will be discolored. Unhealthy gums will look pale white, grey, yellow, blue or brick red.

In a healthy dog, the gums will also be slick to the touch. If the dogs gums are sticky or dry, this indicates dehydration. Dehydration can occur if a dog won’t eat or drink – a situation that usually occurs when a dog is ill or experiencing discomfort.


More Help for Checking a Dog’s Gums

It’s also important to note that many dogs gums will have patches of darker skin pigmentation. You may also see dark patches on the tongue. These darker patches of skin pigmentation are completely normal in most cases. Some breeds of dog — like the Chow Chow — may normally have black-blue colored gums and tongue. The key is to check your dog’s gums when he’s healthy so you know what’s normal for your pet. When you know what’s normal, it’s much easier to know when a dog is sick.

Another hint: Avoid checking a dog’s gums right after he wakes up; the dog’s gums will appear abnormally pale as a result of slowed circulation that naturally occurs while the dog is asleep.

What Happens if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale or Discolored?

If your dog’s gums are abnormal in color or if the dog’s gums are dry and sticky, it’s best to take the dog to your veterinary clinic for an exam.

To learn more about what it means if a dog’s gums are pale or discolored, check out this article on The Sick Dog Blog titled “What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Gums Are Pale?”

In addition, see the related articles on The Sick Dog Blog (links below) for photos of pale dog gums, photos of healthy dog gums, along with photos of a dog with black dog gums and info on how to check a dog’s gums if he has black gum pigmentation.


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