Our pets unfortunately get sick at times like we all do. Treatments often involve having to give tablets orally ( down their mouth). This can be difficult and exacerbating at times, so here are a few tips to make giving medications easier.
1. Often your vet can prescribe flavored tablets, many pets will readily eat these - always ask if they are available.
2. Some treatments come in liquid form which can be easier to give.
3. Never try to medicate cats by yourself. Place on a table and have someone behind them holding the front legs firmly down - less struggling results and less chance of being scratched.
4.There are plastic devices called pill poppers that you can use to give cats tablets.They are available at your vets. One is shown in the picture above.
5.You can crush up tablets into a fine powder - ask your vet if this is OK to do as some medications can't be crushed.Mix the powder in with your pets favorite food.With cats often canned fish is best and dogs beef mince works well.Always use a little bit of food ,so your pet will eat it all. It is always best to feed the food with the crushed tablet, when they are really hungry, so there is more chance of them eating it.
6.You can hide the tablet in food for dogs - sausages, cheese, cube of meat,ice-cream.
7. When just giving your dog the tablet by hand be sure to move the upper lips over the upper teeth - as shown in the above picture. When you do this they have less chance of biting down , if they do they will bite their own lips, which most are smart enough not to do.
8.For dogs you can use jam,peanut butter,margarine or butter. Wipe the tablet with the spread on your dogs tongue and often they will just eat it.