Is giving oral medication to your pet an uphill task Not anymore
Giving oral medicine to pets can be troublesome, especially if your pet is fussy
and smarter. Many times, your veterinarian recommends oral medications for a
longer course of treatment, but it becomes equally difficult for the parents to
administer them to pets.
Here are few techniques you can use to help administer oral medicines without
your pet knowing about it!
1. Masking it with a stronger smell: Food items like chicken, cheese, egg yolk,
etc. have a stronger smell, so either crush the medicine and mix with these
food items, or hide it in between minced chicken, egg yolk, or sweets, so
that he ingests the medicine along with the food. Camouflaging is an easy
option for fussy eaters and helpless parents.
2. Go for palatable medicines: Ask your vet to prescribe medicine (tablets or
liquids) which have flavors of chicken, beef, or fish, etc. just like
administering sugar-coated medicine works great with children. This way,
you don’t need to run behind your pet to give a pill and neither do you have
to camouflage it.
3. Administering directly: ‘It is easier said than done,’ but this method is far
more effective at saving time. Divert your pet’s attention by either playing
with him or petting him. Hold your pet him firmly, open its mouth, push the
pill in and close its mouth. Hold it for a few seconds, one or two pats on the
neck and it’s done. This method is quickly done within a few minutes! Just
the initial getting hold of your companion is difficult but overall if you have
a trained pet there is no need to mask or use flavored medicines. This
method is sometimes recommended for cat parents as they give a hard
time taking the medicines, so administering directly is the only option.
4. Use a ‘pill dispenser’: If you fail to push the medicine directly then you can
try using a pill dispenser. It has plastic straw-like barrel into which a pill can
be loaded and “shot” into the back of the pet’s mouth by compressing a
plunger. A pill dispenser enables the pet owner to avoid sharp teeth and
Note to remember: Always keep a check on your pet’s behavior while giving the
pill. Never try to administer a pill forcefully to a dog or cat with a painful mouth or
neck. If your pet becomes fearful or growls, abort the mission as you may end up
getting bitten by your companion. So, always use your judgment skill while giving
medicines to your furry friend.
Healthy pets happy parents!!
Dr. Prachi Kshatriya