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The Skinny on Administering Medication to Finicky Pets
Pets, like children, oftentimes are not excited to take medicine, however, it is important that they take in the entire dose to begin to feel better. If your pet is on medications and you hire one of our Professional Pet Sitters, during the initial consultation, we will observe what techniques you use when giving the pet medication. In our sixteen years of experience with various pets, we would definitely recommend that you put the medicine together outside of your fur baby’s presence, make sure he is comfortable, and also make sure the meds are completely concealed.
Dr. Judy Morgan, a Holistic Veterinarian who also enjoys cooking for her pets, recommends taking a look in your refrigerator when trying to administer medication. It’s no secret that cats love fish; figure out what foods your pets like, and hide the medicine inside. Dr. Judy says, “Every pet is different. One of my dogs loves cream cheese, another loves sour cream, a cat likes sardines, another pumpkin. I've also used almond butter and liverwurst.” She also recommends coating pills with something that has a great deal of slip, such as, olive or coconut oil, to help them slide down.
If you’ve been a pet parent for any length of time, you know your animals have a keen sense of smell. Dr. Jim Lowe, Technical Services Veterinarian at Tomlyn’s recommends Tomlyn®’s Pill-Masker because it can hide any smell and comes in a tasty bacon flavor and the paste won’t stick to floors or furniture.
Lastly, you want to make sure to follow all directions when giving medicine to your pet. Also, don’t be afraid to ask your Veterinarian about the best ways to administer various types of medications.
What techniques do you use when giving your fur baby medicine???
Before joining the Tomlyn team, Dr. Lowe, was a practicing veterinarian for 18 years with a focus on treating dogs, cats, horses, cows, goats and pigs. He is currently a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, and the American Embryo Transfer Association.
Judy Morgan DVM, CVA, CVCP, CVFT, author of "From Needles to Natural: Learning Holistic Pet Healing", "What's For Dinner Dexter? Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory", and "Canine Kitchen Capers: A Humorous Look at Preparing Food for Dogs (& Spouses)"