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When your dog or cat is prescribed pet drugs, whether pain medication for arthritis, an antibiotic to treat an infection or a joint supplement to promote healthy cartilage, many owners cringe at the thought of forcing a pill down their pet's throat. However, thanks to the invention of certain pet products and innovation of medications, there are ways to make medicating your pet easier than ever.
Take advantage of the pill type
When your vet prescribes medication for your cat or dog, it is important to ask about different types available. For instance, Previcox is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory for dogs, but comes in a flavored, chewable tablet that most dogs won't mind eating. Other medications like Metacam come in liquid form, making it easy for owners to either syringe it into their pet's throat or add it to a serving of pet food. Other pills come in capsule form, and can be opened and sprinkled on food. Always ask your vet about these options to ensure the medication will still be effective.
Use pet products to assist
If your dog or cat can't swallow a pill, but their medicine is only in pill form, there are several options to try. The most common trick is to conceal the pill in a piece of cheese or deli meat. Another option to try is to stick the pill in Greenies Pill Pockets so your pooch or feline friend thinks it is getting a treat when really it is getting its daily dose of Dasuquin with chondroitin and glucosamine for dogs.
If your pooch is on a medication for the long-term, you might consider investing in pet products like a Pet Piller. This handy device has a long plastic barrel so you can stick it in your pet's mouth and pop the pill into its throat, ensuring that it swallows it.
It is always a good idea to administer medication at a time when your dog is calm. In the morning when it is excited to be up and at 'em might not be best, so consider giving early morning meds after breakfast and a walk. Night time is usually a good time to give medicine, too as the dog is calm and tired.