Having an ill pet is never a pleasant experience, but it is often made harder and more stressful by a pet’s reluctance to take the tablets or medication prescribed by the vet. Pets cannot be reasoned with like children or adults, and cannot be expected to realise that the nasty tasting tablet will help them feel better. So what tricks can pet owners used to make the medicine a less bitter pill to swallow?
Many owners find the best way to get pets to take medicine is to mix it in with their food. Although in most cases this is a great way to get medicine into pets, in some circumstances it might not be safe. Medicines which are designed as slow release should be swallowed whole by the pet to ensure the drug is absorbed slowly into the blood stream. Vets will be able to advise on the best way of administering certain drugs to the pets.
With a rabbit, cat or small dog, it is a relatively easy process to pin them down, pop the tablet in their mouths and massage their throats until they swallow. It’s not so easy to repeat that process with a large animal such as a horse. One of the best ways of getting a horse to take medicine is by putting it on some horse licks. These equine licks are tasty treats for horses, and as well as contributing to their intake of minerals and vitamins, they can be impregnated with medicine. Horse treats can also be used to hide tablets you wish the horse to take, and the vet will be happy to advise on the best sort of equine treats to purchase for the job.
Many modern veterinary medicines are available in liquid format, and this makes it far easier to draw the correct dose up into a syringe and carefully squirt the liquid into the pet’s throat or mouth. Keeping the pet’s jaws closed with the liquid in their mouth means they are more likely to swallow the medicine instead of spitting it out again. Not every medicine is available in liquid form, so speak to your vet about the course of treatment to find something which suits both owner and pet.
What They Don’t Know Won’t Hurt Them
Fussy pets or pets who don’t like being held down to administer medicine can benefit from the owner using pill pockets. Pill pockets are small flavoured pillows designed to hide a pill inside the treat and cover it completely. These ingenious devices will enable an owner to give medicine to even the most awkward pet. The best and easiest way of tricking a pet into taking a hidden pill is to offer three treats. The first should be a normal treat with nothing hidden inside, the second the pill and treat together, and the third another normal treat. The pet will not even realise that they have taken their medicine, and this method makes things less stressful for pet and owner alike.
The Equine Warehouse offer a large range of Horse Licks, Equine Licks and Horse Treats from leading equine nutritional specialist companies.
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