HOW TO GIVE YOUR PET A TABLET
Every day I see people’s faces drop as I say that I’m prescribing their pet some tablets, so I would like to share with you some tips on how to get the job done.
The most reliable method is to put them down their throat yourself — the best tip is to fully extend their neck so that their eyes are pointing directly up to the sky.
Hold the upper jaw in your hand and the lower jaw should start to open.
You want to put the tablet right over the back of the tongue, either dropping it directly there, especially with cats, or putting it on the tongue and using the tip of your finger to push it further back.
There are also a variety of pillpopping devices available that save you from having to put your finger in their mouth, but I am not a fan — to me, they make it too cumbersome.
Failing the direct technique, you can resort to hiding.
Check with your vet if your pill can be crushed or capsule opened.
If it can be, then a powder is easier to hide than a solid pill, but even solid pills can be disguised with some ingenuity.
Think of things that your pet really likes — a strong smell can be useful to mask the smell or taste. If it is sticky, even better!
A square of toast with a dollop of Vegemite works very well, or some people use honey or peanut butter instead.
Yoghurt can work a treat for some dogs, while others like ice cream. But probably my favourite is a small cube of cheese — push the tablet inside and “Hey doggie,” down goes the pill.
Failing this, speak to your vet and see if the medication comes in a liquid form or a flavoured chew instead.
If not, just about any medication can be compounded into a customised, flavoured formula, in various forms such as pastes or liquids, and some medications can even be made to simply be applied as an ointment and absorbed through the skin.
One way or another, they need to get their medication or they won’t get better.