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