21 Apr 2017
Anyone who has had to give their dog medication knows how hard it can be. Most dogs are masters of avoiding pills. And, even when you think they’ve gone down; they usually turn up in a pile of drool on the floor elsewhere. Unfortunately, sometimes you simply have to make them take their medication, though. In the case of infections or serious illness; failing to take just one pill could have a very negative impact. So, to help you out, this post will be going through four ways to make those tablets slips down much quicker.
Putting pills into a pet’s food has been an age-old trick to get them to take medicine. The idea is that they won’t notice or taste the pill; because they’re eating. And, of course, this will work for dogs that have a good appetite. But, dogs with fussier tastes will easily be able to pick out and leave the pill behind. Sometimes, this will work straight away. So, it’s a good way to test what will work for you. Try this before you try anything else. But, don’t expect it to work for the first time.
Next, you can ty a slightly different approach. Most dog food is wet or dry. And, it won’t be a great shape to hide the pill once they’ve eaten some of it. Thankfully, to solve this issue, loads of companies have their own Vetiq pill treats. These products are designed to hide medication from even the most observant dogs. These tend to work best if the dog doesn’t see you add the pill to it. Usually, dogs will chew and swallow something before they even consider the taste. So, this can be a great way to get them down if the food fails.
Sometimes, it’s best to get a tool to do a job like this. The biggest issue with making an animal swallow a pill is that they don’t understand why they need it. Unfortunately, there’s no way that you can change that. And, they still need to have the medication, regardless. Thankfully, if you need to take a more hands-on approach, it’s possible to get a syringe to do the job for you. Pill syringes are designed to gently drop a pill into the back of an animal’s mouth. This triggers their reflex to swallow. And, should hopefully be enough to make them take their pills.
If all else fails, you might have to get some professional help. Vets have to deal with fussy animals all the time. So, they are used to making them take pills when they have to. Along with this, most vets are more than happy to help with things like this. When something as important as health is on the line; it’s worth making sure that you try every avenue before you give up. Even if it costs you money.
Hopefully, this will give you the helping hand you need when it comes to the next time your pet needs some medication. Most animals will avoid things that they don’t understand. So, it may take some trickery to get their dosage taken.