Giving your pet medication is a little different from giving your child medication, especially because pets often do not understand that you are trying to help. Thankfully, there are a few tips you can read and receive from your veterinary hospital.
Tip #1: Remain Calm
As you may already know, it is rarely fun or easy to give your pet medication. Dogs and cats will squirm, run away, and may even snap when they receive medication. Part of the reasons your pets may become upset actually has to do with your own emotions. Animals can sense their owners’ emotions and stress. If you are struggling to give your pet medication, or you are nervous to begin with, your pet will sense those emotions of nervousness and frustration. Try your best to remain calm before giving your pet his medication and during the process.
Tip #2: Disguise with Food
This tip works best when giving dogs pills, but some cats may fall for it too. If you can stick a pill into a dollop of peanut butter, deli meat, or in a can of wet food, then you may easily be able to give your pet his medication. Speak with your Scottsdale veterinarian before attempting this trick. Some medications may not be eaten with food, so ask your vet the best way to administer your pet’s medication.
Tip #3: Dirty the Cat
Cats are notorious for always cleaning themselves. If you have a liquid medication to give your cat, then consider smearing it on his paws. Your cat will dislike being dirtied, so he will soon lick off the medication. Make sure the liquid is smeared on an area your cat can reach, so he can receive the required medication. This method will most likely not work on dogs, but you can easily disguise liquid medication with wet food.
Keep your pet healthy with the help of the caring staff of Horizon Animal Hospital. We offer several veterinary services, from preventative medicine to surgical procedures. Call us at (480) 800-4559 to learn more.