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Giving medications to your PON
 

 

Most canine medications arenít typically user friendly, but there are some strategies you can use to try to medicate your PON when necessary.
A lot depends on the form of those medications and the basic temperament of your PON  and whether your PON is agreeable to taking medicine.
The easiest strategy, when dealing with PON puppies is offering medication together with their food. Just mix it into their food bowls and it is done - I never had a PON who refused to take medicine with a beloved food. Pumpkin (or squash) mashed bananas, peanut butter are all perfect foods for including prescription medications.

 PON puppies may also be given their liquid medicine from a dropper. Just slide the dropper between their teeth and cheek and slowly administer the medicine. Care has to be taken to make sure you don't choke your PON puppy by giving medicine too quickly.

 

Advice for medicating adult PONS is very similar as long as your PON will remain still. Stabbing a dropper into it's gums won't make your PON willing to take liquid medicines in the future. If you are going to be giving your PON  liquid meds, ask your family veterinarian if it comes with a dropper and be sure to get one.
 

Pills often come in two different versions. The most appealing one is  meat flavored and your PON just chews it up. However, most pills shouldn't be chewed and you may need to find another method to get your PON to take them.

The most popular strategy for medicating your PON when giving pills is to hide them in food. Some accepted foods for this are cheese, bread an meat, peanut butter and pumpkin. There are also pocket shaped treats that you can buy to actually help hide the pills If you are going to medicate your PON this way, you need to ask the veterinarian which types of foods can be used with each medicine because not all human foods agree with dogs.

 

Most PONS prefer peanut butter, which can be messy but works every time. Some people even put peanut butter on a small piece of bread, wrap the bread around the pill (so that it is covered in peanut butter) and give it to their PON. Typically, you can just use creamy peanut butter by itself and put a heaping spoonful on a plate, or sometimes just on the spoon, and then insert the pill. PONS just lap up the peanut butter, pill and all. This technique has a high success rate as reported by owners.
If this doesn't work for you, and you have a calm PON, you can slide the pill between cheek and gum and slowly push it back behind the teeth. The PON's swallow reflex will usually help allow the pill to be swallowed.
I do not recommend trying to push the pill down your PON's throat if you don't know what you're doing.  Ask your vet to illustrate how to give your PON medication the next time you visit. Good luck ! Please keep us updated on your progress.