PeTopics: 4 Tips for Medicating Your Canine Companion!

February 4, 2016

A fair number of our canine patients leave the hospital with a medication. Some dogs are easier than others to medicate, so here is our list of tips/tricks for those tricky to medicate dogs!

1) FOOD! One important trick to getting your pet to easily take medications is to make sure they are hungry immediately prior to giving the medication. This may mean withholding food for 10- 12 hours prior. This way your pet is hungry and will be more easily tricked! Our favorite food treats to hide medications in are pill pockets (come in multiple flavors), canned dog food, peanut butter, bread, or cheese. If your pet has allergies, marshmallows are a good way to hide the medications and are less likely to cause an allergy flair up in your sensitive pet!

2) If the food trick is failing you, ask Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey, or Dr. Craddock if a compounding pharmacy can make the medication taste better. There are several compounding pharmacies in the area and online, and very often they can get even the most disgusting medications to taste better. They can also make it into a liquid, capsule, or a flavored chew to make administration easier.

3) Shots! Some of our medications are available as an injection. We can administer it in hospital and you can be fully off the hook for at home duties! These medications are somewhat limited, but let us know if you have difficultly medicating at home and we can often take an injection based approach.

4) “Down the hatch.” Often, we simply have to pill our patients to make sure the medication is taken. This can be difficult to do correctly, so we recommend you ask for a tutorial from your Dr. prior to trying. We can often show you the easiest/safest way to administer the medication to make it stress free for everyone!

Don’t hesitate to call Chatham Animal Hospital if you have any questions or concerns about medicating your dog!

Please call our Cary veterinarian Dr. Krakowski, Dr. Bailey,
or Dr. Craddock at Chatham Animal Hospital today at
(919) 469-8114 if you would like to discuss this further!

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