How to Give Oral Medicines
During their time with you, the puppy you’re raising might require medication prescribed by their veterinary. The monthly heart prevention provided to you is a way to practice giving medications as well. It is important the pup ingests the whole medicine comfortably.
It is important that taking medication is a comfortable experience for the pup because they might have to take medication when they’re a guide dog or service dog. Give the pup a belly rub, a treat, or fun playtime afterwards so they are rewarded for their compliant, good behavior. Make getting medication a fun, positive experience for the pup instead of something they dread doing.
If you have any questions regarding medicating the pup, please contact your advisor or area coordinator.
Usually the veterinarian will give you a small dosing syringe to hold liquid. Have the puppy sit. Then, pull out their cheek to make a pouch. Put the dosing syringe into this pouch and let the medicine drain into their throat. The puppy will have to swallow it. Be sure to keep the pup’s head slightly tilted back. When you are done giving the medication you can give the pup kibble or a treat for their compliance in taking the medicine.
Have the puppy sit in front of you with their back to your legs. The pup’s head can be tilted back slightly and they can’t wiggle away in this position. Grasp their upper jaw with your left hand and press their lips against their teeth until they opens their mouth. Use your finger to slide the pill far enough down their throat, on the middle of the tongue so that they have to swallow it. Hold the mouth closed for a moment, stroke the throat from the outside until you are sure the pill has gone down. Large pills can be moistened with peanut butter or wrapped in cheese for easier swallowing. When you are done giving the medication you can give the pup kibble or a treat for their compliance in taking the pill.