How can I use a dab of peanut butter or canned cheese with a syringe to ensure my dog takes her liquid medicine?

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The best way to use peanut butter or canned cheese is as a treat to reward your dog after she’s taken the liquid medicine.

The reason for this is because the syringe doesn’t touch her lips. In fact, the syringe really shouldn’t touch her mouth at all! You want to get the medicine, not the syringe, in so you’ll place it by her back teeth where there’s a noticeable gap.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to giving your dog liquid medicine with a syringe. Of course, the ideal way is to have a vet show you how to do this!

  • First, fill the syringe or dropper so it’s completely ready. Then call your dog into the room using a happy voice. If you’re nervous, anxious or concerned, she’s going to pick up on it and mimic it.
  •  Try to get the dog to sit. With small dogs, you just may want to put them in your lap.
  • If it’s too difficult to get your dog to sit, let her stand but make sure she is butted against a wall where she can’t run away.
  • Grasp the dog’s muzzle gently with your left hand, fingers under her lower jaw, thumb on the bridge of its nose.
  • Tilt her nose upward slightly, at an angle of about 30 degrees.
  • Pick up the dropper in your right hand and insert it into the corner of your dog’s mouth, between her lips and teeth, on the right side of its muzzle. Gently pull her lip up; you’ll see a little gap in the back teeth. (If you have questions, ask your vet.)
  • Gently slide the dropper in that gap and deposit the medication there by squeezing the dropper bulb.
  • Release your grip on the dog’s muzzle slightly to allow her to swallow the medication.
  • Make sure you offer the dog a favorite treat!

If you don’t want to employ that method, the best way may be for you to mix the liquid into food. You need to be sure the dog doesn’t see you, and it will only work for canned food.

Measure the medicine in the syringe to be sure it’s the proper dosage, mix it up and then, in a happy voice, call your dog to eat. If she eats a few times a day, you may want to try giving her smaller dosages, to lessen her suspicions. Just be sure to keep very close track of the dosages. You can write each one down to use for reference.

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