How to give syrup to dogs

How to give syrup to dogs? (5 best tips) 2023

Topic- How to give syrup to dogs?

Medicating a dog can be a hectic task, especially if your dog is a bit grumpy and aggressive about taking Syrup (liquid medicine). We’re here to help! Whether you’re a new dog owner or an experienced owner, we’ll give you some great tips on how to give syrup to dogs, including ways to make it easier more relaxing, and fun for you and your pet.

If you don’t have time you can simply go over these steps

Giving syrup through syringe or dropper step by step guide

  1. The first thing first is to be ready with your medication.
  2. Take the recommended dose of syrup into a dropper or syringe.
  3. Place the syringe or dropper to the backside between gums and slightly tilt their head backward.
  4. Slowly release the medicine and stroke or rub their neck to encourage them to swallow it.
  5. Give treats after the task is done to make a happy experience  for your pet
Below I have have explained these points in detail.

Make sure your dog will take it

One of the most common ways to give syrup (liquid medicine)to a dog is by squirting it down its throat. Unfortunately, this is also one of the most difficult and stressful ways to do it. Dogs usually don’t enjoy having anything squirted down their throat, and it’s hard to get them to cooperate. If your dog is particularly resistant, try putting the medicine in their food or hiding it in a toy. If all else fails, you can give the medicine through a syringe or dropper, but be prepared for a lot of fighting.(Don’t force them to  take the medicine)

Have your dog eat or drink something first

Dogs will often eat or drink something before taking their medicine if it’s in liquid form. This is because they associate the act of taking medicine with the act of eating or drinking. By having your dog take their medicine this way, it will be less stressful for both of you. If your dog is not willing to eat or drink, there are other methods you can try.

Measure the dosage properly

The final thing to remember is to make sure to measure the dosage properly because overconsumption can lead to various negative effect on your pet’s health. If you’re not sure how to measure the dosage, consult with your veterinarian. Dogs usually need 1-2 milliliters of liquid medicine for every half kilogram(kg) they weigh. So if your furry friend weighs 5kg, you would give them 10-20 milliliters of liquid medicine. Again, be sure to measure the dosage correctly to avoid any accidental overconsumption.

Administer the medicine to your dog's mouth

Open your dog’s mouth and simply place the syringe or dropper with the appropriate amount of medication behind the canine teeth and release the medication at the smaller amount on the back of the tongue. slightly tilt their head backward (do not tilt their head back too much as it can lead to accidentally inhaling the syrup which can lead to fatal medical issues). Use a finger to help close the lips. Hold the mouth closed and stroke or gently rub the throat until your dog swallows. If your dog resists and spits out the medicine, wait until it’s calm, try again, and have a treat ready to reward it for taking the syrup.

Reward your dog for taking the medicine

Dogs are often rewarded with treats and playtime after they’ve taken their medicine, making the experience a positive one. This helps to ensure that your pet associates taking medicine with something good. You can also try hiding the medicine in food or a toy. Be sure to praise your dog when they take the medicine, and offer them a treat or playtime afterward. To make it a more enjoyable experience. If your dog is still resistant to taking medicine, consult your veterinarian for advice on how to make the experience more positive for them.


1. What if your dog is not obedient and doesn’t remain still to give them Syrup or liquid medicine?

Here are some of the methods that you might found it helpful

  1. if your pet is small you can use the burrito method which I have learned from petmd site in this method, you will need a towel to wrap around your fur friend’s body while keeping their head open and squeezing them close to your body(make sure not to squeeze them too tightly ).which makes easier to give them medicine. It is better to have an assistant while doing this can slightly be difficult for a single person.
  1. if you have a large pet like a German shepherd, Great dane, etc. burrito method may not ideal for them. You have to sit them down and from behind place them between your legs and squeeze them (again, not squeeze them too hard)and give the required medicine. 

If your pet is extremely uncomfortable or irritated stop using this method and make sure to meet with your vet.

2. Can you mix liquid dog medicine with food?

Yes, of course, you can mix it with any canned dog food or you can hide it in peanut butter(designed for dogs ) it can easily mask the smell of the syrup.

3. How to give liquid medicine to a dog that bites?

It becomes quite difficult to give the medication to dogs that are aggressive and bites in this situation you can give syrup by hiding it in the food which I have explained above this is the best method that I have found success with personally.

Final thoughts

Giving your dog Syrup (liquid medicine) can be a difficult process, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. By following the steps that I have explained in this article “How to give Syrup to Dogs?” ,and using a little bit of patience, you’ll have your pup’s symptoms under control in no time! And if these methods don’t work for your pet, then consult with your vet.

Let us know in the comments whether this method was helpful for you or not. Thank you for reading!!

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