Cat Medicine and Dog Medicine

If you take proper care and appropriate precautions, you can administer cat medicine and dog medicine yourself.

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The administration of cat medicine and dog medicine requires different tactics. An angry tabby can leave permanent reminders of its distress, so use the tranquilizing "maternal" back-of-the-neck grasp when administering a shot.
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Liquid medicine will slip 'twixt Rovers tongue and his lip (then just tilt his head back and the elixir will be gone in a gulp).
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Subcutaneous injections are given in the middle of the dog's back, in the loose fold of skin just over the shoulders. Have a helper restrain Fido so you don't get bitten.
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Lubricate a pill or "bolus" of this size with butter or mineral oil before you tickle pooch's tonsils with it, and then stoke the neck—or blow in the nose—to induce swallowing.
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A gauze bandage is the best way to protect yourself from the little nipper. If you're dealing with a "short-snouted" mutt, though, have someone hold the dog's head in the crook of his or her arm, and cradle the canine's body with the other arm.
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Give intramuscular injections in the rear third of the dog's thigh, a safe distance from the sciatic nerve that runs down the middle of the leg.

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