Have you ever tried to give your pet medication? Then you know what a struggle it can be.
When you're in the middle of what feels like a wrestling match to give your pet their prescribed medication, it can be hard not to feel conflicted. On one hand you hate to force them to do something they obviously hate, but on the other hand, you know that you're only doing it for their own good.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can try to make giving your pet their medication a much less stressful experience for both of you.
Pill Pockets & Treats
Pill pockets are pretty much exactly what they sound like: a hollowed out treat that is designed to hold a pill. There are a few different pill-hiding treat brands on the market, but all serve the same purpose.
What's really great is that they come in a wide variety of flavors and contain fewer calories and less sodium, making them a great substitute to using human food to hide treats.
Different Form of Medication
If your pet is able to detect a pill even if it is hidden in a treat, talk to your vet about whether the same medication is available in a different form.
Many pet owners don't realize that some medications come in both pill and liquid form, meaning you could save yourself the hassle and simply squirt your pet's medication into their mouth.
If your medication isn't available in liquid form, check and see if the pills come in different flavors.
There are countless types of medications today that come in your pet's favorite flavors such as beef or chicken.
Opt for Long-Lasting Medication
If giving your pet their medication is an ongoing battle regardless of its form, talk to your veterinarian and see if there is an option for longer lasting meds.
There is a chance that your medication, or a similar one, could be given once a day rather than multiple times a day. In fact, there are some medications available that have doses that last up to two weeks!
If giving your pet their medication is an ongoing issue, the best person to talk to is your veterinarian. Together you will be able to come up with a customized health plan that reduces the stress of administering medication while still ensuring your pets get the care they need.
Do you have any tips or tricks on giving your dog medicine? Tell us in the comments below!
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