Pet Tip- Giving Your Pet Medications
How Do I Medicate My Pet?
- Often healthy or well veterinarians send you home with some kind of medication to administer without showing exactly how to do it.
What is the easiest way to give a pill?
Hide in something good- this works better for dogs than cats
Peanut butter, bread, canned cheese, canned food
Eventually MOST will figure this out and pick out the pill
Then what do I do?
Pet piller (demo)
Saves your fingers, is fast and effective
What other tricks work?
Force feed the pill (demo)
Place pill on the back of the tongue
Hold mouth closed for a few seconds
massage throat and/or blow small amount of air into nose to induce swallow
What about liquid medications?
These are often easier as they can’t be spit out as easily
Same method: open mouth, squirt in and hold mouth closed (demo if time)
Isn’t there any other way?
In many cases yes!
We can formulate taste chews, flavored liquids or transdermal applicators for our hard to pill and medicate patients
Just ask your veterinarian if the medication your pet needs is effective if given a different way