Helpful Tips for Dogs

  • Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Male

    Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. Your vet may provide you with one or you may use a clean margarine dish or something similar. A pie plate works best for female dogs. Keep in mind that a fresh specimen is best. Anything more than 12 hours old will not provide accurate results. If you can’t bring in the specimen within an hour of collecting it, make sure to place it in the refrigerator. Before collecting a specimen from a male dog, make sure you know which leg…

  • Collecting a urine specimen from your dog – Female

    Make sure that you use a clean plastic container. Your vet may provide you with one or you may use a clean margarine dish or something similar. A pie plate works best for female dogs. Keep in mind that a fresh specimen is best. Anything more than 12 hours old will not provide accurate results. If you can’t bring in the specimen within an hour of collecting it, make sure to place it in the refrigerator. Instructions for Female Dog Approach the female dog slowly as she begins to squat….

  • Brushing your dog’s teeth

    Teaching your dog to accept brushing will take some training, but will be very beneficial to the dog once he is accustomed to the process. Daily brushing is most beneficial and will help to establish a routine for your pet, but brushing twice a week is acceptable if your schedule can’t accommodate daily brushing. Instructions Choose a quiet time and place to start the brushing. It is best to teach your dog to accept brushing while he or she is still a puppy. If you have an older dog, the…

  • Administering eye drops to your dog

    Make sure that you wash your hands both before and after administering the medication to prevent the spread of infection. If your dog’s eye is painful, you may need to have someone assist you with restraining or you may need to apply a muzzle. Instructions  Make sure you have carefully read the label and understand the dosing instructions. Hold the bottle using your thumb and index finger. You may want to rest this hand on the top of the dog’s head to help stabilize your hand. With your other hand,…

  • Administering ear drops to your dog

    Remember that the ear may be very painful and that even a passive dog may respond by biting. You may need to muzzle the dog for this procedure. Instructions Click on the “video” button to watch a demonstration or read the steps that follow. Warm the medication by standing the bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes. Make sure you have carefully read the label and understand the dosing instructions. Draw up the liquid into the dropper. Gently pull the ear flap straight up using your…

  • Giving liquid medication to your dog

    The easiest way to give your dog a liquid medication is to mix it with some canned food. To ensure that the medication is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the dog is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the dog may not complete. Some dogs may be unwilling to eat the food or may have dietary restrictions that prevent you from using this technique. If this is the case, you will need to administer the medication directly into your dog’s mouth.

  • Giving your dog a pill

    Instructions Grease the pill with a very small amount of margarine or butter so that it doesn’t stick in the pets mouth or throat. Hold the pill between your thumb and index finger (use your dominant hand – for example, if you are right handed, use your right hand). Gently grasp your dog’s muzzle from above with your other hand, by placing your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other side behind the canine teeth. Once you have a firm but gentle hold tilt your dog’s head…