Treating your pet with their medication is very important, but what if you are struggling to get them to take it? We got some tricks and tips to help make the process a little easier.
Pills are sometimes the most difficult medication to give our pets. If given alone, most pets will just spit out any pills you give them. With that in mind, the first tip we have is to camouflage the medication as a treat!
There are a variety of ways to hide pills in food. At pet food stores you can find special treats that have pockets in them for you to hide the medication. You can also use food you have around the house. Hot dogs and braunschweiger are a favorite among dogs and even cats!
Canned cheese and peanut butter are also good options. With peanut butter make sure that xylitol is not listed as an ingredient. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that dogs are not able to process correctly and can lead to death if ingested. Read more about xylitol poisoning here. (This is where a hyper link would be for whoever is going to write the xylitol article.)
Here is another trick for medication that comes in capsules. You'll find that capsules have tiny grains of medication inside. For those types of pills, you can open them up and mix the medication into a favorite treat. This could include wet food, plain Greek yogurt, and again peanut butter. Just make sure to not give your pet too much and have them finish the whole treat. This ensures that none of the medication is missed.
Finally, if you are still having difficulties, you can always calls us and we can give your pet their medication. We will be more than happy to set up a good day and time to help make sure your pet gets the medication they need.
If you have any questions at all about giving your pet their medication, please call us at 618-524-7500.