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Oral Medication Administration - Canine

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Megan Brashear, CVT, VTS (ECC), demonstrates what's commonly called "pilling" a dog (giving oral medications).

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Megan Brashear


Enrolled: 07/2011

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Travis Mettee's picture

the left hand never pulls the bottom jaw down, only the right hand

Corrine Schrap's picture

Megan, how would you have continued had the dog showed aggression by snarling or snapping? The dog will still need the medication so you can't just abort, would you have to sedate or is there another method?

Maritza Tejeda's picture

I've had aggressive dogs that need oral medications and I've had pretty good success using a regular cloth muzzle, one size larger that would normally fit, and I use a piller and follow it with water.

Megan Brashear's picture

Thanks Maritza for that suggestion, that's exactly what I will do with iffy dogs. Just be careful to check the muzzle for jettisoned pills! There's the obvious hide pills in food or peanut butter, but if the dog is just plain aggressive and lunging and biting we'll switch to injections as much as possible.