Pet owners are key players when it comes to executing an effective treatment plan. Whether they’re managing a pet’s weight with healthy meal portions or providing substantial opportunities for exercise and environmental enrichment, it is their critical involvement that gets results.
Administering pet medications at home can also be a part of the healthcare puzzle, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Pill pockets for pets may just save the day!
When pet owners bring their best friends to the Wheaton Animal Hospital, we try our best to determine a course of action that supports wellness at home. To that end, we may order necessary prescription medications or supplements. Without consistent dedication at home, some pets may not receive medication intended to help them through illness or injury.
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Pet owners are tasked with getting the medicine down. No easy task, the process can be made much smoother with pill pockets for pets.
Your pet has to be an active participant in the process, but sometimes what they don’t know won’t hurt them.
Pill pockets for pets offer some tasty options (like Greenies Pill Pockets) that help them take medicine without realizing it. Of course, there are also pets that turn their noses up at anything unfamiliar, or those that figure out how to eat around the pill. Fortunately, there are strategies around this.
If you have more than one pet, you can exploit their constant need to compete with each other. Dosing one pet suddenly becomes much easier when you give “treats” to both of them.
A little friendly competition all in the name of timely medication never hurt anyone (just be sure that the pet not in need of medicine gets the fake).
Beyond the Pill Dispenser
Pill guns are incredibly helpful, but only if they help–and not hurt–the pet. Many pets will accept a bit of friendly restraint, but some may not. We recommend only doing what you’re both comfortable with.
Forcing your pet to take medicine this way may not ever yield the right results. However, if they don’t mind getting their pill this way and you reward them with a treat and lots of praise and affection, this may be a great alternative to pill pockets for pets.
Other Pill Pockets for Pets
You can make your own pill pockets for pets using the following tasty ingredients:
- Cooked chicken
- Cooked ground beef
- Canned unsweetened pumpkin
- Xylitol-free nut butters
- Cream cheese
- Cottage cheese
Combine any of the above with oat, almond, or coconut flour and mold around the pill to create your own version of commercial pill pockets for pets.
Medicine Go Down
As always, if you have any questions about your pet’s medications – or how to successfully get them down the hatch – please contact the pet experts at Wheaton Animal Hospital.