Rex has been on thyroid medication for years. He also takes a glucosamine tablet and an aspirin for his arthritis. He’s 11 and although he has slowed down the last few years, he’s still very agile and gets around well. I’ve never wanted to fight with Rex to take his medicine, so I buy Pill Pockets – beef or chicken flavored pockets you can stick a pill (or pills) into. I actually break each of the large ones in half and that gives me two for the price of one. And since Rex takes his pills both morning and night, I’m always looking for ways to save a buck. This has worked for me and for Rex, but it might not work for you. Here are some alternatives from the PetPlace.com newsletter.
Tips on Hiding Pills! by Lynne Turnquist
I’m giving several of our cockers a tablet medication that is broken into small pieces and is difficult to get them to take because they have learned how to suck off the treat and spit out the bitter tablets! When I tried to have the pharmacy crush and dispense in capsules (which the dogs don’t seem to mind taking) the price doubled. Needless to say, I knew there had to be an in-between to this situation.
My pharmacist friend suggested that he could provide to me very cheaply just the empty capsules to fill myself with the tablets as I broke them up…total cost was $2.85 for 100!!! I just wanted to remind people that if you ask enough of the right kinds of questions, there is always a pet friendly solution out there. We have a house of four rescue cockers and all but one take medication of some kind due to age or other unfortunate situations, but we love them just the same (they are our kids) and we would do most anything for them, but any time we can save a dollar or two in the process, it just means one more dollar for another coming into rescue.
Flavored Medications by PetPlace Veterinarians
If you have a finicky pet that needs medication and just refuses to take it willingly, there is some help available. For children, physicians and pharmacists realized long ago that adding certain flavors to medicine could greatly increase the child’s willingness to take the medication. This was a great help for parents who for years had to fight to give their children much needed medication. Finally, veterinarians and pharmacists have realized that what works in children could also work for pets.
Some of the flavors available for dogs include beef and chicken. For cats, chicken, sardine, tuna and seafood are available. There are even fruit flavored ones such as apple, cherry, etc. for rabbits and rodents.
If you are interested in obtaining flavored medications for your pet, ask your veterinarian about getting medicine from a compounding pharmacy.
How to Administer Pill Medication to Your Dog by Dr. Dawn Ruben
Frequently, medications are required for treatment for illness or injury and dogs are sent home with prescription medication. Once your dog is released from the veterinary hospital, administering these medications can be scary, confusing and, sometimes difficult to do. With practice, giving pill form medications can be quick and easy.
Some medications can be hidden in a small amount of food such as marshmallows, peanut butter or cream cheese but you must make sure that the medication can be taken with food and that your dog actually swallows the medication. Some dogs will eat the food and spit out the pill. If hiding the pill in food is not working, try the following:
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I hope these tips helped you. If you have a tip of your own to share, please do! We’re all ears.