One of the most difficult activities that shih tzu dog owners undertake is giving their dog a pill. Many people would try beating around the bush by putting the pill inside tasty foods to conceal the smell and bad flavor of the pill. But sometimes, the dogs (strong sense of taste and smell) are still able to determine the presence of pills in their foods. If you wish to find your way around this dilemma, here are some of the things that you should know about:
Make use of a pill dropper
In addition to placing tablets inside the food of your dogs, using a pill dropper is another effective way to give tablets to your dogs. However, it is important that you learn how to use the pill dropper properly as wrong use of it may cause your dog to gag. It is important that you tilt the head of your dog and gently drop the pill. Do not forget to massage the neck afterward.
Place pills in super smelly and tasty food
One great way to (really) mask the scent and bad smell of the tablet is to choose the right foods. Some of these foods include cheese, liver pate, peanut butter and many more.
Choose the time when you dog is doing something else
Distraction will surely work to your advantage. Make sure that your dog is doing something else while you give him the pill. A great time would be when you are walking in the morning and he is on a leash.
Giving your dog a pill is difficult but you must still go through the act, especially if your dog is sick. Lucky for you, there are plenty of things that you can do to make the deed a lot easier. With the tips mentioned above, you can surely get your dog to swallow a pill without any hassles!