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    How do I give my dog liquid medication?

    I am supposed to give him liquid antibiotics through a plunger. It tastes like bubble gum, but he still will not have anything to do with it. I tried giving it to him while sitting on my lap, but he snarled and snapped at me. This poses yet another problem, as I now feel like the dog got the better of me, and I don't want him getting brave because of that. He is only 10 pounds, but I didn't know what to do...he was fighting fiercely.

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    Here is two sites that will help out about giving liquid medication to your pet.
    http://www.peteducation.com/article....articleid=1071

    http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Dog_Car...ive_medication

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    Re: How do I give my dog liquid medication?

    I had the same problem when I first got my puppy. I found that if I just hold his lips open & squeeze the syringe inside his mouth without any hesitation, he'd take it.

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    I straddle the dog so I can kinda squeeze with my legs to keep them in place (but I have big dogs). Then I take the plunger in my right hand and use my left hand on their muzzle, use my fingers to curl their lips into their mouth (a dog will not want to bite down on their own lips), then just squirt the liquid in their mouth, hold closed w/my left hand and rub their throat with my right to encourage swallowing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemygreys View Post
    I straddle the dog so I can kinda squeeze with my legs to keep them in place (but I have big dogs). Then I take the plunger in my right hand and use my left hand on their muzzle, use my fingers to curl their lips into their mouth (a dog will not want to bite down on their own lips), then just squirt the liquid in their mouth, hold closed w/my left hand and rub their throat with my right to encourage swallowing.
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    Our Jay was recently diagnosed with epilepsy last week and as a result is on liquid potassium bromide...he was really mouth shy when coming back from the vet though so what my dad did was take a small piece of bread - soak the medication into the bread and then sprinkle some parmesian cheese on top - Jay gobbles it right up.

    The other thing is if they're mouth shy you might want them to get used to handling their mouth - to get Jay back to normal I have been taking bits of string cheese and opening his mouth and throwing the cheese in - it was a little hard at first but once they get the scent of something good usually they react a little better - when I am doing this I also straddle the dog and squeeze his shoulders between my legs and cup him under the Jaw - sometimes to get his mouth open I insert my finger into a small space where there are no teeth - sometimes I get chomped but usually it works - lol - old horse trick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemygreys View Post
    I straddle the dog so I can kinda squeeze with my legs to keep them in place (but I have big dogs). Then I take the plunger in my right hand and use my left hand on their muzzle, use my fingers to curl their lips into their mouth (a dog will not want to bite down on their own lips), then just squirt the liquid in their mouth, hold closed w/my left hand and rub their throat with my right to encourage swallowing.
    Do they snarl and growl though? Should I let myselt get intimidated and stopped by that, or should I just ignore it and move right along?

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    Do they snarl and growl though? Should I let myselt get intimidated and stopped by that, or should I just ignore it and move right along?
    You want to make sure of two things -- you don't get bit, and you win. If he wins, you'll never be able to medicate him again.

    You said you use a plunger -- is that the same thing as a syringe without a needle? That's what I use. And you can make it easier by using the syringe to give him treats, like liquified baby food, or a watery gravy (non fat). Make it fun. Get him to look forward to it. My dogs like to have water squirted in their mouth, and they'll even lick the syringe as it comes out, but that was after priming with something tasty, or learning from another dog that had learned to enjoy the process. Once they think it's fun, then medicine isn't a problem.

    In the meantime, put him in a position where he can't wiggle backwards, and hold his nose closed (muzzle if needed), and slowly squirt the liquid into the the side where the lips meet and there is a pocket inside the cheek. Then, while keeping his nose raised, gently massage his the outside of his throat (rub downwards), to encourage him to swallow. You can also blow on gently on the end of his nose and that will help him to swallow.
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    Re: How do I give my dog liquid medication?

    Well, that didn't work out too well....I put on a harness and tied him to a post, so he can't run forward...I wrapped him in a blanket, so his arms would be immobilized....I straddled him so he can't move back or side to side....I grabbed his muzzle and pulled the syringe out of my pocket...and the second it touched his mouth, he went berserk. I couldn't even hold him down very well, or control his snapping, because he is so small, slippery, and quick.

    WHAT THE ****?
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    I have to give my mothers corgi the same, I sit him in a corner so he can't back up, hold his nose closed but not hard enough to cut off the airway. I then take the med put it in the corner of his mouth way in the back and squeeze slowly.

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    Sounds like your dog is a bit out of control. If you let the dog win *any* of these battles of will, he will own you. Biting me is NOT acceptable behavior from any of my dogs and if they tried it...oh, they'd be in life changing experience. But I digress...

    Since your dog is actually trying to bite you, the method above that does not involve an open mouth is probably the route to go with this dog. If the medicine can be given with food, I'd take the easy way out and make a little meatball (raw ground beef), burrow a hole in it with your finger, squirt the medicine in and let the meat absorb it. The dog should eat the raw meat/medicine with no problems.

    A lot of it is about attitude (Cesar Milan has this part dead on right). Don't approach your dog with fear, anxiety or anger. Be positive, upbeat, matter of fact and KNOW that you control the situation and you control the dog. I hate to say "think alpha/pack leader" but that's really the frame of mind you need to have. The second the dog acts up, I'd give a verbal correction and keep going.

    I'm not sure how old your dog is, but I think this is an important activity for every dog owner to do - at least once a month you should give your dog a good once over from nose to tail - including running your hands over all parts of their body, including manipulation their toes and lifting their gums/opening their mouth. It keeps the dog used to being handled by humans and will help you learn your dog so you know when something is "off." It's easier if you start from the time the dog is a puppy, but you can condition an adult dog to accept this. Being able to handle your dog comes in real handy when you have to do things like administer medicine You may also want to look into NILIF - nothing in life is free as a way of establishing your role as the dog's leader. It maybe won't help in *this* particular scenario, but it will help for the future.
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    Re: How do I give my dog liquid medication?

    Lovemygreys, that is a great idea giving someting to the dog once a month so they get use to it. I have a large AB who get a vitiman everyday now after the fight I had to go through with her when she was young and needed antibiotics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lovemygreys View Post
    Biting me is NOT acceptable behavior from any of my dogs and if they tried it...oh, they'd be in life changing experience.
    Could you elaborate a little more on that, please? What should be my response to a bite or snap?

    I went to the store and just bought a muzzle and a choke-chain. Unfortunately, I have to use these as a last resort. Can anyone advise me on the proper use of a choke chain in this situation?
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    Could you elaborate a little more on that, please? What should be my response to a bite or snap?

    I went to the store and just bought a muzzle and a choke-chain. Unfortunately, I have to use these as a last resort. Can anyone advise me on the proper use of a choke chain in this situation?
    Have you thought of going back to the vet and having him/her show you how to do it, or asking for the medication in pill form? I hate to see you turn this into an adversarial situation, and am concerned that you'll get bit, especially since your last post said that you "grabbed" his muzzle. Choke chains have their use, but I'm concerned in this situation that you could do more harm than good with one. They have been known to cause collapsing trachea, which is probably a lot worse than the problem you are giving him the medication for. The muzzle is a good idea, depending on the one you bought, simply to protect you. But the dog is still going to be whipping his head around and that's not going to make it easy to get the medicine in.

    Have you tried just offering it to him to lick off the syringe? Have you tried first using some other more palatable liquid so he'll get the idea that they syringe is a good thing? If I were you, I'd find another way to do this (like hiding it in the meatball as suggested above) and start working on this problem in a more relaxed state. The suggestion above about handling your dog monthly is a great one, but with your dog, I'd suggest doing it every few days until he's comfortable with it, and then stretch it out to monthly if you like. Your vet will also appreciate you giving your dog a "complete exam" so that he's used to it and the vet is at less risk for a bite.

    Having your dog comply to what you ask him to do is essential, but that's going to be a lot harder to achieve if he loses trust in you. Try to find an easier way to accomplish this, and build that trust in other ways on other days.
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    You got a muzzle and a choke chain for a TEN pound dog? Are you serious? You are being intimidated by a ten pound dog and can't give it a simple syringe of medicine. My eight pound dog will sit in my lap and take it happily. You have to make your dog listen and by letting your dog show its ass and not get its medicine its winning. It knows that every time you try and give it medicine, if it fights, it doesn't get the medicine. Your dog needs some serious training and someone to show it whose boss. I'm sorry if I sound rude but thats ridiculous. I could understand if it was a 100 pound dog, but a 10 pound dog, no. If you have to scruff him then so be it. You aren't hurting him. I just think its pathetic you can't handle a 10 pound dog so you are going to muzzle him and choke him into his medicine. Those things are only making it wose. Your dog is over reacing because for one he knows he can win and for two you are over reacing. Dogs are a big reflection of their owners.
    As far as your situation goes, and the way you are percieving yourself. If your dog snaps at you, get up an walk away. Simple as that. Don't even look at your dog, yell or anything, get up, and leave.
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    I've said it too many times and I still stand firm. You get what you put in and people get what they deserve. Still I haven't seen mine, no I haven't seen mine. I've been giving, just haven't been getting. I've been walking that there line. So I think I'll keep on walking with my head held high. I'll keep moving on and only God knows why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amaya-Mazie-Marley View Post
    You got a muzzle and a choke chain for a TEN pound dog? Are you serious? You are being intimidated by a ten pound dog and can't give it a simple syringe of medicine. My eight pound dog will sit in my lap and take it happily. You have to make your dog listen and by letting your dog show its ass and not get its medicine its winning. It knows that every time you try and give it medicine, if it fights, it doesn't get the medicine. Your dog needs some serious training and someone to show it whose boss. I'm sorry if I sound rude but thats ridiculous. I could understand if it was a 100 pound dog, but a 10 pound dog, no. If you have to scruff him then so be it. You aren't hurting him. I just think its pathetic you can't handle a 10 pound dog so you are going to muzzle him and choke him into his medicine. Those things are only making it wose. Your dog is over reacing because for one he knows he can win and for two you are over reacing. Dogs are a big reflection of their owners.
    As far as your situation goes, and the way you are percieving yourself. If your dog snaps at you, get up an walk away. Simple as that. Don't even look at your dog, yell or anything, get up, and leave.
    First of all, this is my first dog. Second, perhaps I am a wimp, but I will say this - I am amazed at how frightening a 10-pound Chihuahua mix can be when he is violently struggling, growling, and snapping. Third, of course if I really wanted to, I can just grab him and pin him, but I don't want to hurt him either. The way he struggles, if I exert a lot of force on him, he will end up hurting himself, I think.

    Lastly, I am a bit confused by your last paragraph, because in the first part of you warn against letting the dog win, which I take to mean that you must be assertive in giving him his medicine. But now you tell me I should just walk away if he snaps? What then? I come back and try it again? What if I get the same reaction over and over again?

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    Okay let me tell you how I feel on this whole situation. If your dog is violently struggling, growling and snapping he obviously doesn't trust you. Your dog should let you run your hands all over him and have no problem with it. Chihuahuas are notorious for being biters, but not their owners. If you can grab him and pin him, then do it, you aren't hurting him. If he gets a little roughed up then too damn bad, you are the boss and he has to take his medication. You are the boss of you dog, and your dog absolutely has to listen to you. As far as my last paragraph, getting up and walking away isn't letting him win. You are ignoring him and telling him that, No its not okay to play this game, I don't have time for it. You need to establish with your dog that you are the boss and he can't push you around which is exactly what he's doing right now. I think your problem is your fear of him biting you. You have to get over that and bite the bullet. I'm not sure what this dogs medicine is for but if it was given by a vet, that means your dog has to take it. From what I'm gathering here he hasn't taken it at all since it was prescribed to him. If you are afraid of your dog then he picks up on that and he knows he can bully you around. I'm not saying use force and abuse him into letting him know you are the boss but something has to be done. I have been told by many people, and even people on this forum that I take exceptional care of my dogs. My dogs know who is boss and who they have to listen to. Behavior such as biting, growling, violently struggling, is very unnaceptable in this house. My dogs look up to me and trust me. They know how they are supposed to act and if they get out of line its handled. If you think your dog needs to be muzzled then you can do that. You can still administer the medicine like that. Just put the muzzle on him and insert the tip of the syringe in his mouth with the muzzle on. Afterwards blow in his nose or stroke his throat to get him to swallow.
    I've said it too many times and I still stand firm. You get what you put in and people get what they deserve. Still I haven't seen mine, no I haven't seen mine. I've been giving, just haven't been getting. I've been walking that there line. So I think I'll keep on walking with my head held high. I'll keep moving on and only God knows why.

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    Yes, this dog is out of control. Yes she needs to train the dog to accept her. But right now, she needs to get the medication in him, and hopefully without either of them getting hurt. Please don't use force by pinning him. Holding him in place is fine, pinning him, especially when you might be overstressed, can lead to broken bones in a dog that small. Please be careful.

    Once again, can you not slip the liquid into something else? Can you mix it with a nonfat gravy? Pick your battles, and save training for a time when it's not so urgent to get meds into him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Amaya-Mazie-Marley View Post
    Okay let me tell you how I feel on this whole situation. If your dog is violently struggling, growling and snapping he obviously doesn't trust you. Your dog should let you run your hands all over him and have no problem with it. Chihuahuas are notorious for being biters, but not their owners. If you can grab him and pin him, then do it, you aren't hurting him. If he gets a little roughed up then too damn bad, you are the boss and he has to take his medication. You are the boss of you dog, and your dog absolutely has to listen to you. As far as my last paragraph, getting up and walking away isn't letting him win. You are ignoring him and telling him that, No its not okay to play this game, I don't have time for it. You need to establish with your dog that you are the boss and he can't push you around which is exactly what he's doing right now. I think your problem is your fear of him biting you. You have to get over that and bite the bullet. I'm not sure what this dogs medicine is for but if it was given by a vet, that means your dog has to take it. From what I'm gathering here he hasn't taken it at all since it was prescribed to him. If you are afraid of your dog then he picks up on that and he knows he can bully you around. I'm not saying use force and abuse him into letting him know you are the boss but something has to be done. I have been told by many people, and even people on this forum that I take exceptional care of my dogs. My dogs know who is boss and who they have to listen to. Behavior such as biting, growling, violently struggling, is very unnaceptable in this house. My dogs look up to me and trust me. They know how they are supposed to act and if they get out of line its handled. If you think your dog needs to be muzzled then you can do that. You can still administer the medicine like that. Just put the muzzle on him and insert the tip of the syringe in his mouth with the muzzle on. Afterwards blow in his nose or stroke his throat to get him to swallow.
    Ok, if he doesn't cooperate, can I do more than just ignore him to get the message across? Like tie him to the stair-post with a very short leash to restrict his movement as punishment? Or put him in a small crate (not the one he sleeps in) for a while? Or withold food until he takes the meds?

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    Um No. Taking his food from his is called animal cruelty, tying him to the stair post where he can't barely move but can see everyone around him walking around is also animal cruelty. When he starts acting like that he does need a time out. A crate is the best, if he is a puppy its also good to start house training him this way.
    I've said it too many times and I still stand firm. You get what you put in and people get what they deserve. Still I haven't seen mine, no I haven't seen mine. I've been giving, just haven't been getting. I've been walking that there line. So I think I'll keep on walking with my head held high. I'll keep moving on and only God knows why.

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