My veterinarian has prescribed pills for my dog. What is the best way I can administer them?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
To administer pills to your dog, begin by holding the top part of your dog's muzzle with your left hand (your right if you are left-handed), with your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Lift your dog's nose up while gently squeezing behind your dog's canine teeth; this will cause its mouth to open.
Hold the pill with your free hand's thumb and forefinger and use your other fingers on that hand to push open your dog's lower jaw a bit more. Place the pill in the back of your dog's mouth. Gently hold your dog's mouth closed for a minute, blowing on its nose to stimulate the swallow reflex. Reward your dog with praise and a food treat afterward. You could further try hiding the pill in a small portion of dog food or a tiny amount of peanut butter. Pill guns for dogs are also available. They essentially shoot pills into your dog's mouth at a safe, low pressure.