I’m only trying to help you.
Have you ever uttered those words while trying to give medicine to your pet? Things would certainly be easier if pets could understand our good intentions. Instead, medicating pets can feel like a battle of wills—and claws. Let Otay Pet Vets simplify the process with these secrets to success.
Medication can only work if it can be given. Be honest and open with your veterinarian if you believe you will not be able to medicate your pet, because the prescription may be available in a form that is easier for you to give. For example, if your pet is a master at finding hidden pills, but likes sweet syrup, a liquid formula may work better. Veterinarians often prescribe the most popular or economical medication types first, but are happy to suggest alternatives.
For instance, compounding pharmacies can transform standard capsules and tablets into meat-flavored liquids and tasty treats that are more pet-friendly.
Expecting a pet to behave as you reach for them with a strange bottle or an odd-smelling treat can be a tall order. Pets are sensitive to their owner’s stress and may react poorly. In contrast, if you are calm and prepared, your pet will have nothing to fear. The following suggestions can help:
Pets use body language to communicate, and another animal’s or human’s proximity says a lot. Standing over a pet to give them medication or restrain them can make them uncomfortable. Approaching a dog or cat head-on is also considered rude and threatening, causing most pets to duck or move away. Send your pet a kinder message with these tips:
If your pet can find pills no matter what you hide them in, take your skills to the next level with these tips:
For many pets, being restrained is more frightening than being medicated. Pets can maintain their independence and be still with the use of strategic treats. Try these tips:
For various reasons, some pets must be medicated manually. Manual methods are safe, convenient, and, in some cases, less stressful for the pet when they are done correctly. The following tools may help you get the job done safely:
Understanding your pet’s preferences and needs will help make medicating them an easier process. If you need further guidance, schedule an appointment with Otay Pet Vets for one-on-one coaching with you and your pet.