How to Give Your Dog a Pill

Often times when you take your dog to the vet for an illness you are given oral medication to administer. Even if your vet demonstrates how to give the medicine, the situation may be very different once you get your pet home. After all, in the pet hospital, most dogs are either so freaked out or scared that they are either frozen stiff or will tolerate anything in exchange for getting out of there. They are out of their element and territory when in the exam room. In his home environment, however your dog is more at ease and will try to push his limits more easily.

Methods for giving a dog a pill can vary depending on the size and disposition of the dog. Smaller dogs are more easily medicated up on a table or counter top. Larger dogs are easier to treat while they are sitting on the floor. It is easiest to medicate a dog with two people; one person to restrain and the other to administer the medicine.

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As the restrainer, with a small dog, you will need to hold the dog up on a table or counter top. Hold his body sideways next to yours with his head point to your right, for example. You can hold him pointing towards the left but we will use this direction for our example. Wrap you right arm around the front of the dog holding his neck and chest close to you, so his head is pointing out of your grasp. Using your left arm, hold down his back end and stabilize his body so that when he wiggles he cannot get away. If he struggles, continue to hold him until he stops. Although it can last longer with some dogs, eventually they do give up to the idea that they aren’t going to be able to get away with persuasion. With a larger dog, back him into a corner and make him sit down so he cannot back away. Straddle to dog and wrap one arm around his neck, stabilizing his head.

As the medicator, grasp the upper jaw just behind the front canine teeth.

Be careful to not place your fingers too far under the teeth as a quick snap of the jaws could inflict a bite. Tilt his head back as far as you can.

With the pill between your index finger and thumb, use your middle finger to open the mouth.

Toss the fill as far back as possible and in the same motion push the pill even further back. Be as quick as you can to avoid an accidental bite.

Hold the mouth shut until the dog swallows.

You can encourage swallowing by stroking the neck and throat.

Be sure the pill has been swallowed before letting the dog go.

There are some tips that can be considered that might help things along.
A Pet Piller or pill gun can be purchased at your veterinarian’s office or at most pet stores. Although they can vary depending on where they are purchased, the overall method is the same. A cup like tip is used to place the pill while the other end is fixed with a trigger used to shoot the pill in the back of the mouth. The end with the pill is placed as far back into the mouth as possible. The trigger is pulled when the pill gun is in place, forcing the pill down. The purpose of the Pet Piller or pill gun is to keep your fingers out of the dog’s mouth to prevent bite wounds or getting slobber on your fingers. A muzzle can be used when giving a dog medication if he is ill tempered. Even though the mouth is forced shut with a muzzle in place, a Pet Piller can be used if the muzzle isn’t too tight. Liquid medications can still be administered with a muzzle in place by inserting the dropper or needle-less syringe in the corner of the mouth. A needle-less syringe full of water can be prepared and ready if the dog is refusing to swallow his pill. Forcing water after poking down a pill can help encourage him to swallow. Some medications can be given in food. Be sure to ask your vet if his particular medication will be effective if given in this manner as some of them need to be given directly into the mouth. Some pills can be crushed and put in a small amount of food. Smaller pills can be hidden in soft foods; however be sure that your dog has eaten the food and the pill when using this method. Some dogs are pretty crafty and will spit pills out later so watch him carefully and know that he’s getting his medicine.
If you’ve never medicated your dog before it can be scary at first and seem impossible. Very few dogs are so bad that medicating is impossible. It simply takes some getting used to proper restraint and having all supplies ready and on hand. By not making the situation in to a big ordeal and making a huge commotion, you will minimize the stress level for both you and your dog.

Dog with skin disease.

Home Remedies for Dogs with Mange

Mange is caused by parasites on the skin, most often mites. Mites dig into the skins surface and feast upon your dogs blood causing allergic reactions. Mange comes in two different forms with Dermodectic mange or red mange that is the condition found in dogs while the second form, Notoedric mange that usually attacks cats.

The symptoms of mange include scratching, weight loss, dehydration and loss of appetite. Mange can also show up on your dogs face, head, ears and neck. There are natural ways to treat mange at home to save you time and money.

Dog's eyes shows signs of mange.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax

Creating a 1% solution of hydrogen peroxide, water and borax is one of the best ways to treat mange at home. When creating the hydrogen peroxide and borax solution, make sure the mixture dissolves completely. Use this solution once a week to bathe your dog in. The mixture should include 1 to 2 tablespoons of borax for every 500 CC of 1% hydrogen peroxide. Do not wipe your dog dry after this bath but allow the solution to work its magic on the nasty mite causing mange. Do this once a week but do not do this for more than two months.

Brush the Fur

Brush your dogs fur every once in a while to get rid of the scaly skin and scabs caused by mange.


A plain yogurt can help treat the inside of ears that are infested with mange. Make sure to choose a yogurt that contains acidophilus. You can apply two tablespoons of yogurt to help get rid of mange in the ear.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Ah, Apple cider vinegar and the many wonders of things it can treat. Add one tablespoon of undiluted apple cider vinegar to your dogs food to treat the symptoms of mange.

Cooking Oil

Cooking oil can be used to not only ease irritation from mange but it can also soften up the waxy deposits that appear on your dogs skin left behind by the mites. It can also kill the mites which is even better. Apply two drops of cooking oil directly to your dogs skin where the mange is.


Lemon can help treat the symptoms caused by mange. Slice one lemon, leaving the peel on it. Drop the sliced lemon into boiling water and let it sit overnight. Apply this mixture to your dogs coat using a sponge the next morning.

Soapy Water

Mix soap with warm water and apply this to your dogs skin. Soapy water can help get rid of the mites that cause mange to begin with. Doing this will also help reduce the spread of mange to other body parts. Make sure to also give your dog a regular bath to heal scaly skin and scabs caused by mange.

Treating Their Bedding

Make sure to treat your dogs bedding and other places they sleep to stop the spread of mange and to prevent it from coming back. This includes washing their bedding and cleaning other places they sleep.


If you can, buy some local honey, not store bought, and apply it to the red and irritated skin to ease it. Using the above mentioned home remedies to treat mange on your dog can save you a trip to the vet and money. Not to mention it will keep your dog happy and healthy.

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