Giving your dog medications that she needs is vital in keeping her healthy. Here is a step-by-step way to give her the treatment recommended by the vet without traumatizing her.
For tablets or capsules:
1. Gently open your Golden's mouth. 2. Place the pill at the back of the middle of her tongue. 3. Hold her head up (nose pointing to sky) with her mouth shut. 4. Stroke her throat downwards gently. 5. When your Golden swallows, you can let her mouth go. 6. Be sure to give her plenty of praise for doing such a great job taking her tablets.
For liquid meds (given most easily in a syringe):
1. Hold your Golden's mouth open. 2. Place the syringe in the back of her mouth between her cheek and her rear molars. 3. Stroke her throat downwards gently. 4. Hold her mouth gently shut until she swallows. 5. Don't forget to give her plenty of praise for doing such a great job taking her medication.
For eye drops or ointments:
1. Carefully and gently pull down your Golden's lower eyelid. 2. Place the ointment or drop on the inside of the lid. 3. Close her eye and gently massage the eye to disperse the solution around the eye. 4. Be sure to give her plenty of praise for doing such a great job taking her medicine.
For ear solutions:
1. Gently hold her ear open so as to visualize the canal. 2. Place the drops in the ear canal. 3. Fold the ear to cover the canal. 4. Gently massage the ear. 5. Don't forget to give her plenty of praise for doing such a great job taking her medication.
Being able to physically give your Golden the treatment your vet recommends is vital in keeping her healthy. This page reviews some gentle and effective ways to give her all different types of dog medications.