How to Give a Dog or Cat a Pill
Jerri Ann Head, owner of Murphi's Stay & Play dog hotel and daycare in Springfield, TN, frequently has to administer medication to her furry clients. She offers these suggestions to help your cat or dog take his medication:
- Disguise the pill by wrapping it in cheese or meat, or cover it with peanut butter. Tractor Supply Co. carries specially-made pill pockets for dogs that come in delicious flavors your pet will love.
The pill pockets also come with a hollow center perfect for disguising pet meds.
- Grind up a pill and sprinkle over canned pet food.
Some dogs and cats will eat around a pill if it's not ground up.
Other dogs eat so fast they won't even know there was a pill in the first place.
- Put a pet treat in one hand and the pill in the other, and when your pet opens his mouth for the treat, pop the pill down his throat. Then give him the treat.
- Once you pop the pill into your pet's throat, make sure he swallows it. Close the chin and gently rub his throat.
Photography by Donnie Beauchamp