Drenching is the forced pouring of liquid preparations down the throat of an animal.
Drenching can be used for all livestock. During drenching, the animal’s head must be raised so that the liquid does not enter the lungs. A bamboo tube, gourd or bottle (glass or plastic) can be used for drenching ruminants and pigs.
If a bottle is used it must be strong and unlikely to break and hurt the animal. For chickens, use a syringe without the needle, a dropper or a straw (rice, sorghum or plastic).
Ruminants – cattle, sheep, goats etc
1 Tie the animal to a tree or pole.
2 Lift the nose until it is level with the animal’s neck. Do
not raise the head too high as this may interfere with
3 Drench the medicine slowly. Do not pour the liquid too
quickly into the animal’s throat.
4 Allow time for the animal to swallow and breathe in
between drenching. Do not pull the tongue out of the
mouth; it needs to be free for swallowing. Lower the
head immediately if the animal starts coughing.
You can either set the pig on its
side on the ground and have an
assistant hold it down while
drenching, or tie its upper snout
with a piece of rope to a post.
Hold the snout firmly and drench.
1 If no assistant is available to hold the
chicken, you can restrain the animal
by holding it firmly with one arm
against your body.
2 Hold the beak open and give the