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How to give liquid oral medications to pets

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 1

Liquid oral medications for your pets

 All of us pet-lovers seek to have our pet be healthy and happy in our homes. We give them attention and baths and play time, but what can we do when that inevitable time comes where our beloved pets get sick? If you have tried everything to get your pet to take his medicine and they just don’t swallow it, this is the page for you.
 There are mainly three categories of medication applications we will discuss here liquid oral. For ease of reading I have put questions in paragraphed categories so you can go right to the one that you and your pet are having trouble with.

Liquid oral:

 Why do liquid oral medication?
 Positive: The liquid oral is used at different times for everything from oral health to loose stool. When used correctly they are safe, effective, and easy to use. 
 Negative: Sometimes it can be difficult have the dog be still enough to take it.

What do I use and where do I get it?
Your local tractor supply or pet supply may carry oral syringes or there are also places online that you can purchase one.

What size will you need?

For very small breeds of dog you may want to go with a smaller syringe. This will make it easier for the dog to close his mouth over it as well as let him breath. For larger dogs there is a general size of 10 Ml.

  How much to give?

  It depends much on the type of medication and the amount recommended by your pet's caregiver. Always seek advice from you vet before giving medications.

  How do you fill the syringe?

 Since the oral Syringe has no needle you will not be poking it through a rubber seal and turning the bottle over. instead, submerge the end of the syringe into the medication and SLOWLY draw the medicine up to the line of measurement you desire. Go a little passed the line so that if there are bubbles you can gently tap them out with he syringe pointing upwards. Any excess medication can be put back into the bottle. 

 How do I give the medication?

Greet the dog warmly as you come up beside him or her and squatting down beside them place your arm firmly around the upper shoulders and with your hand hold the bottom of their mouth gently putting pressure on the back corners of their mouth until they open up.

(note: if this is a larger or even mid-sized breed you may want to do this in a corner to keep the dog from backing up. )

With the other hand place the syringe into the mouth( toward the back but not down their throat) and squeeze gently. Don’t go too fast with the medicine or the dog cannot swallow it and it will all drip out the side of his/her mouth. If you are giving a large amount (the hole 10 Ml) you may want to give the dog a brief stop in the flow so he can swallow and you can reward him with affirmations and a quick pat. But this is all to be done briefly while you are still holding on to the dog. This is to assure him/her that it’s not always bad to be hugged and it doesn’t always mean he will have to take medicine.


The same procedure as above only depending on the personality of your cat you may want to take on an extra hand if your cat is not already de-clawed. Another thing you will want to do different is instead of placing it in from the front you will want to put the syringe in through the side of the cats mouth towards the back.

Again go slowly so that the cat is not overwhelmed. And always follow medicine with a good petting-session





Jan 13, 2012 7:50pm
Great Tips...Thanks!
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