It’s tough to give pills to dogs and cats during amputation recovery. Animals are smart. They quickly catch on when we hide medication in food. But this great pill taking tip we discovered just might keep them guessing.
Giving Meds Can Be As Easy as 1, 2, 3!
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A Treat Trick Give Pills to Dogs and Cats
Meanwhile about that Fear Free Happy Homes Pet Medication Tip. In the article “Medicating Your Pet: How To Get Pills And Liquids Down The Hatch,“ you’ll learn lots of great ways to get around using a pill gun or store bough pill paste for pets.
Try this “shell game” style method first:
. . . One tried and true method is “disguising” the pill. Hide the pill in a food item your pet loves. For dogs, peanut butter, liverwurst or cheese often works. Ideal treat foods are a bit sticky and carry a fairly heavy scent to hide any trace of the pill.
Make up at least three balls of the treat, even though only one will have medication hidden in it. Offer your pet one of the “clean” balls, follow it with the medicated one, then end with another clean one.
You can rotate when you give the medication treat. This way, even if your pet is suspicious, she gets plenty of unmedicated treats to balance it out.”
Try this pill trick with this Easy Fish and Meatballs Recipes for Cats and Dogs!
The author, Dr. Deb Eldredge DVM, wants us to double check that the treat ingredients we use are OK to give with the medication. “For example, tetracycline should not be given with any dairy products as calcium binds the drug and renders it less efficacious,” she explains.
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