The holidays are right on top of us! BisketBaskets has some great gifts and their blogger Alicia some some great advice on getting your dog to take his or her medications.
Our dogs are part of our families, and we all want our dogs to be as healthy as possible. Modern medicine has made sweeping advances in pet health, with us now being able to give our pets medicine where in the past, Fido simply had to deal with the illness and the family did all they could to make him as comfortable as possible. Most pet owners have had to give their dog a pill at one time or another, and if you’ve had to, you know it’s no easy task! Sure, all of us at BisketBaskets.com may create beautiful Dog Gift Baskets and Gourmet Gift Baskets during the daytime, but experience has taught us a thing (or three!) on how to get our dogs to take pills, without too much fuss! Here are the hard, medium, and easy ways to get your dog to take his medicine!
Hard: A tried and true way to get your dog to take a pill is by putting it right inside your dog’s mouth. Of course, this isn’t easy, but it does give you peace of mind knowing your dog has taken the medicine. This method is best on more docile dogs, and it also helps to have a friend to help you. Have you dog sit, and have your friend gently pet your dog, while also ensuring your dog remains seated. Put a hand on the top of your dog’s nose, being sure your movements are calm and relaxed. Gently squeeze your dog’s upper canine teeth and lift your dog’s head back. Lower his bottom jaw slightly and quickly put the pill as far back in your dog’s mouth as possible. Slowly close your dog’s mouth, lower his head, and rub his nose to make your dog relaxed and able to swallow the pillow. Then, reward your dog for a job well done!
Medium: Is your dog not yet used to taking medicine, or has a more excitable nature? Try crushing the pill up and mixing it with a soft food, such as peanut butter, canned dog food, or plain yogurt. Put it on a spoon, and have your dog lick the entire spoon clean. Simple!
Easy: Our dogs are a big fan of pill pocket treats here at BisketBaskets.com, especially Greenies Pill Pockets, which we add to quite a few of our dog gift baskets. They’re made with real chicken, and you simply slip a pill inside the treat, which is crafted with your dog’s nutrition in mind. First, give your dog an empty treat, then one with the pill inside, and a third as a quick chaser to ensure your dog gets the pill down. Couldn’t be easier!
It’s certainly not easy getting your dog to take medicine, but it is possible to make it a whole lot simpler this time around. Your dog isn’t used to swallowing pills, so be sure to comfort and reward your dog after he takes his medicine, and he’ll be happily wagging his tail again in no time!