It is frustrating as a pet owner to have a cat or dog refuse to take medication that will cure whatever illness is affecting them. It is impossible to make them understand that this is necessary for their health. The only solution is to either find a way to make the medication more palatable or to fool them into consuming the drug unintentionally. Here are some solutions that could help to ensure the pet gets the medicine they need.
Start With Food
Mixing the medication with food is the first step most owners take. It is a simple method that sometimes works, but it is not without risk. First, the owner must make certain the medication is consumed. Some dogs and cats have an almost magical ability to eat all their food and leave behind an untouched pill in their bowl.
If more than one animal is in the home, it is also important to make certain the right pet gets the drug. Breaking open a capsule or pouring a liquid into the food is not useful if they do not regularly consume everything in their dish. It is also likely to be unsuccessful if the medication is too bitter.
Force the Medicine
Another option is to physically force the medication into the pet. One person holds the pet in place so someone else can tip the pet’s head, open its jaws and tosses the pill into the back of the throat. Of course, it is almost impossible to manage this step alone, it upsets an already sick animal and there is the risk the animal could still regurgitate the medication.
Ask About Compounding
Understanding Veterinary Compounding helps owners to realize what a beneficial solution it is for them and their pets. It does not require the animal to take an alternative medication or expose them to anything dangerous. Compounding makes the medicine they need easier to administer by adding animal-pleasing flavors or changes its format A pet that hates pills may happily swallow a liquid. A stubborn cat that refuses oral medication may need a transdermal cream.
Pet owners that struggle to get life-saving medication into their pet need to take the time to learn the alternatives available to them. Many veterinarians have a variety of options available to their clients and can assist with making the process easier. Consider learning more about compounding if traditional options fail.