Even the most experienced pet owners sometimes dread giving pills to dogs and cats. Children are hard enough to medicate, let alone pets, who wonâ€™t understand, â€œThis is for your own good!â€ However, with a little ingenuity and persistence, even the most difficult cat or dog will take needed medication.
The Food Method
Food is the simplest and most obvious method of giving a pill to your pet. Most dog owners can stop reading after the next sentence: Dip the pill in some peanut butter and give it to your dog.Â Cream cheeseÂ or canned foodÂ can be used as an alternative if you prefer not to give peanut products. Some dogs will even gulp a pill rubbed in bacon grease.
For cats, you might need to get a little more creative. When I had a cat with high blood pressure, I found that spreading a thin layer of cream cheese on a layer of turkey lunchmeat, sticking the pill in the middle, and rolling up the lunchmeat worked well. I would then cut the roll into slices, so that I could give my cat one slice without a pill, one with the pill, then another without.
Some cats will eat pills stashed in their canned food; others willÂ deftly pick around them, and snub food that contains crushed pills. It all depends on the catâ€™s personality and appetite!
If your pet wonâ€™t accept a pill in food, youâ€™ll have to try an alternative method. Here are some:
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