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Giving Medication to Pets

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Most pets need regular medication for things like flea prevention. Keeping track and getting the medication down can be two challenges for the pet owner. This is a guide about giving medication to pets.
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By 4 found this helpful
March 11, 2008

If you have a difficult time getting your dog to take pills of any kind, the easiest way I have found is to stick the pill or pills in a large marshmallow. They greedily take the marshmallow where they might not a pill.

By Elaine from IA

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April 6, 20060 found this helpful

Do you find it difficult to get your cat or dog to swallow a pill when they need to take medication? Put a small amount of butter or margarine on the pill. After putting it in your pet's mouth, rub his throat and blow air into his nose, this helps the pill go down much easier.

By Arle12 from Petersburg, IN

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By 2 found this helpful
September 10, 2011

To make giving your pet pills easier, dissolve the pill in water and use a medical syringe (a plunger with measurements on it) to squirt in their mouth.

By Lee from Waterford, WI

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May 16, 2011

My dog Gracie weighs about 20 pounds and has to take a small pill twice a day, every day. I just press it into a miniature marshmallow (being sure the pill is totally covered) and it becomes a treat! When she had to take antibiotics recently, I pressed two minis around the capsule for better coverage. Much easier and neater than peanut butter, cheese, etc.

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By Sue from Birmingham, AL

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August 27, 2011

A co-worker shared this great tip with me. She, like so many of us, has trouble shoving pills down her cats, so she asks the vets for liquid forms of any medications. She then mixes the liquid medication with a little wet food (which they don't get normally) and they eat it right up thinking it's a great treat. The other cats get a little plain wet food in another room and they're none the wiser. Brilliant!
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She said that for antibiotics she usually ends up with the pink bubblegum flavored Amoxacillin they give children and the cats don't seem to taste it. :)

By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR

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By 1 found this helpful
June 17, 2012

One of my dogs takes a daily medication, and both are on flea and heartworm preventatives. Every time it was a struggle to get them to take their medicine until my husband had an idea. We insert the pills in a small piece of leftover or inexpensive cooked ground meat or tinned meat product. Then we "frost" the top with a half-teaspoon of chunky peanut butter. The dogs can't tell the difference between the peanuts and the pills, so they gobble it all down without a fuss.

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Source: My husband.

By Ziggi from San Diego, CA

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June 8, 2012

Our dog is pretty tricky to give pills to. The last time that she needed to be given pills she also happened to be on a prescription canned food. The canned food that she was given was very solid in texture so it could be sliced into chucks with a butter knife.

When it was time for her pill we would take a chunk of the food and using a straw we poked a hole into it. Then we would push the pill into the hole and put the "pill pocket" into her bowl along with her other food or toss it to her like a treat. It masked the pill really well and the pill didn't fall out.

If your canned food isn't quite that solid I am sure that you could still successfully hide the pill in it. Especially if your dog doesn't normally eat canned food. Since our dogs don't usually get canned food they see it as a treat and wolf it down so the pill would never be noticed. :)

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By 1 found this helpful
September 27, 2011

I mark everything on my calender. When my pets' flea med is due, I mark it down. I do the same with meds such as heart worm med, I put a little heart on the calender.

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September 29, 2011

One of our darling pets is recovering from an accident. He was run over by a car trying to get to one of my children across the street, who accidentally called him back when he was already across the street.

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September 14, 2011

Giving pills or meds to pets is so very easy if you just use the right method. I take the pill and a bite-size piece of their favorite people food. People food is always a special treat for pets since they only very rarely get it.

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June 20, 2012

I take hot dogs or sausage and cut them into bite sizes for my Wirehair Terrier. When she was a puppy, I gave her those as treats when she was learning new tricks.

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October 12, 2011

I give my dog, Montegut, his heart pill by putting it in a small piece of Sugar Babies candy. This candy does not have chocolate in it which I know dogs can't have.

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December 11, 20040 found this helpful

Most of those will come with stickers that you can put on your calendar on the exact day that the next dose is due the following month.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 2, 2013

What tricks can be used to give finicky pets medications?

By linnhubba1

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January 4, 20130 found this helpful

I tell my dog it's a treat. He takes his fish oil capsule and two yeast tablets every day, no problems. Use whatever word you use when giving your dog a treat.

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