Ever had to bite your fingernails because your dog is sick, and you can't seem to find the right way to administer drugs to her?
Have you been bitten or taken by surprise in an attempt to feed Cherry (your favorite cat) her medication?
Some known ways to help medicate pets include hiding medication in treats or turning them into empty capsules to mask the unpleasant taste.
This article is for all pet owners and caregivers who find it hard to medicate their pets. Here are some tips to make medicating your pets easier and leave you without scratches and bites.
1. Disguise medication in treats/food
Most pets like dogs and cats love eating treats. Cats enjoy tuna, ham, salmon, while dogs love peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, etc. Pouring/grinding and mixing the contents of your dogs' medication with their favorite foods is an efficient way to mask the unpleasant taste of most drugs and trick your pet into taking his 000 capsules.
2. Pets are competitive; make it a competition
This method is especially effective if you have more than a single pet. Dogs, as an example, are competitive and attempt to eat a meal before their counterpart does.
3. Turn medications into capsules
The unpleasant taste provided by most pills is the primary reason why pets resist taking them. To solve this, crush your pet's medication into powder, and make capsules.
Some capsules are flavored and have a pleasant taste which makes drug administration for pets easier.
4. Make use of flavored options
When visiting the veterinary clinic, ask for a flavored capsule for your dog. You can also ask the doctor for helpful tips to help make your pets more cooperative.
5. 'Accidentally' drop a savory treat for your pet
Because of their attachment to owners and caregivers, most pets tend to sit at their owner's feet or follow them around when performing chores or activities around the house. Caregivers can carefully prepare their pet's medication and 'mistakenly' drop it on their feet, and pets will happily eat it.
6. Place medicated treats on their fur
Cats are known to lick their paws to clean off any particles. Owners can use this knowledge to their advantage when medicating them. To do this, mix in medication with their favorite treats and rub the finished product on the paws of your pets.
7. Take your pet for a walk
Pets are distracted by their surroundings when they're out for walks. Try giving your dog a medicated snack and watch them eat it without any resistance.
8. Consider using a pill gun
In giving pills to pets, owners can get injured by pets’ resistance. Using a pill gun to shoot medicines into the back of the pet's throat helps prevent injuries and is faster.
9. Be gentle when medicating your pets
Rough handling of your pets and forcing their mouths open to accept medication makes it a challenging process and can cause injuries. Size 0 capsules and muzzle your pet and gently pry their mouths open to apply drugs. Afterward, gently massage their neck to assist swallowing. This practice provides a pleasing and easier experience for you and your pet.
Medicating your pets doesn't have to be a painful experience. Practice some of these tips, and see how medicating cherry becomes easier.
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