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7. I got this advice from a vet
Thu Jun 16, 2016, 06:16 PM
Jun 2016

Don't try to hold the lower and upper jaws of the animal to pry the mouth open. Gently hold the upper jaw so you can put your thumb on the upper side of the inside of their mouth. Dogs will open their mouths wider in order not to bite you and in their effort to get the thumb out of their mouth.

While you're doing this you have to very, very quickly drop or insert the pill into the back of the mouth, pushing it quickly but gently down the dog's throat if you can. Then just as fast close their snout and hold it closed until the dog swallows. This can be done in mere seconds.

It works once you get the knack of it and realize you aren't hurting the dog at all.

I wouldn't try it with a cat. Their mouths are too small and all the teeth and claws will shred you to pieces faster than you can move.

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