You’ve probably noticed that your pets aren’t exactly excited when it’s time to swallow medications. Whether you’re taking something out of your pet’s mouth or trying to put a pill in their mouth, they seem to develop jaws of steel when you’re trying to pry apart their teeth. Some pets will spit the medications out completely after you manage to get it in there. Perhaps, it’s all for one reason; pet medications don’t always taste particularly great. If you often have trouble administering pet medications, worry no more. It’s actually a common dilemma among pet parents. Thankfully, the experience could be less troublesome if you follow these simple tricks.
Concealing the Medications
A helpful method for administering medications to pets is disguising them. Hiding them in pill pockets is one easy option could work for your pet. Your veterinarian may be able to recommend a particular brand of pill pocket if you’re not sure where to start. With the yummy taste of these pill pockets, your pets may eat the treats together with their medication without knowing what’s hiding inside.
Putting meds inside a capsule before adding it to food is another possible way to conceal medications. It eliminates the initial unpleasant smells and bad flavors that come with most medicines. With the capsule hidden in your pet’s food, he or she may eat the food without even realizing there’s a pill inside. Be sure to ask your veterinarian if the particular pet medications can be given with food.
Let Your Pets Compete for “Treats”
Much like humans, cats and dogs love a little friendly competition. This presents an excellent way to give pet medications, especially if you have more than one pet. By giving your pets a command, like “sit”, they will sometimes feel inclined to take the reward for their obedience. With multiple pets, even if only one is getting the medications, this will work in a similar manner as most pets will want to take the “reward” so the other can’t have it. They may not even realize this tasty reward has their pet medication in it.
Use Suitable Tools to Give Medications
A pill gun is used as a medication giving tool for uncooperative pets. It helps you place a pill in the back of your pet’s throat. Massaging the area around their neck with the head raised can help the pet swallow with ease. Alternatively, you can blow air on the pet’s face with the head still held high. Also, a syringe may come in handy for liquid medications.
For Paste-like Medications, Let Your Pet Groom it off
Generally, cats don’t like being messy. They always groom themselves immediately they get dirty. So, smearing a liberal amount of the paste-like medications on the foreleg may work perfectly well for them. They’ll start licking the medicines off their paw as soon it’s applied.
Injectable medications offer an alternative for pet parents with cats and dogs that simply won’t cooperate. They can be time-saving, and you do not need to inject daily. However, giving an injection can be a daunting task. Ask your veterinarian if this is a good option for you and your pet. Besides, you’ll need to muster up enough confidence and patience. More importantly, be extra cautious as it’s easy to make mistakes. You don’t want to give an intravenous injection instead of an intramuscular or subcutaneous injection. If in doubt or you dread giving injections, ask your veterinarian for guidance.
Whatever trick you choose, it’s critical that you ensure your pet takes the entire dosage. If you still have problems administering pet medications or are worried about hurting your animal companion, ask your veterinarian for advice. Contact us here at Animal Care Center; we have lots of exciting ideas to help your furry friend get the medication they need.