Here's What You Need To Know About Syringe-Feeding Your Dogs

Here's What You Need To Know About Syringe-Feeding Your Dogs

In some situations, a dog may need to be syringe fed. Here’s what you need to know.


  • A sick or injured dog will be able to receive some nutrition
  • It can be very easy to feed a dog this way
  • It is inexpensive


  • Many dogs do not like being syringe-fed and will not allow you to
  • Dogs likely can’t get all their nutrients this way
  • It is not a long-term option

Before Your Begin

Make sure that…

  • The chosen food provides as many calories and nutrients as possible without being overkill
  • You turn solid food into liquid using a processor or blender with a liquid of choice
  • They should be fed the same amount, roughly, that they eat in a solid diet
  • Figure out how often they need to be fed

Steps To Syringe-Feeding

  • Step 1: Prepare the liquid food or medication; make sure it’s all liquid and microwave it to your dog’s body temperature
  • Step 2: Rinse out a syringe with warm water. Test the plunger.
  • Step 3: Fill the syringe with your prepared food.
  • Step 4: Position your dog at eye level. Gently open their mouth, asking for help to hold them steady if needed.
  • Step 5: Place the syringe into your dog’s mouth and slowly empty it. Do not much too far in or your dog may choke.
  • Step 6: Finish up and close their mouth. Make sure they swallow everything!

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