How to Give Medications to Your Dog or Cat

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  1. Jean Furs says:

    Dear Rachele, I did post this on my Facebook. My cat Gabby is hyperthyroid and I give her transdermal medication daily as a cream on the inside of the outer edge of her ear. This is an increasingly popular way to give medications. -Jean Furs

  2. Hi Jean. I agree, as I mentioned in my post, that transdermal medications are a great alternative for giving medications to cats.

  3. Great post, it can be so hard at times to give medications to animals.

  4. lawjic says:

    Hi Dr. Baker. I have a geriatric, almost 19 year old, domestic calico cat named Ms. Cali. She requires Amlodipine, methimazole, Azodyl capsules, and special cat vitamins twice a day. I use Greenies Pill Pockets whenever possible. Only the salmon flavored ones work for my cat.

    Thank you for your excellent and very helpful article. I just want to add my two cents as pill pockets work wonders for cats too. Really great piece!!
    -Sheryl

  5. Thanks for sharing Sheryl!

  6. Ali Isaac says:

    Great tips Rachele! I have never heard of any of these things. I remember trying to wrap my cats in a towel to avoid getting scratched while trying to get them to take a pill… more often than not, it was spit out after all that effort! My dog Indi isn’t quite so fussy… he’ll eat anything if its disguised in a morsel of food!

  7. These are great tips to get the pill in the belly instead of the floor. Thanks for the ideas.

  8. Hawk aka BrownDog says:

    Hi Y’all!

    I hope my Human knows how lucky she is!

    She tucks a treat in the palm of her hand and holds the pill between her thumb and forefinger. I just open my mouth and take it down followed by the treat.

    Same for my shots, when I see her get them from the ice box I lay down and wait.

    Eye ointment? I’m not a fan but the worst I do is sit there and turn my head away. It does make my eyes feel better, but she does it several times a day.

    Course she and Papa are used to giving meds to performance horses, so I guess “I’m easy”.

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  9. Thanks for sharing, Hawk!

  10. Luckily Bella, Terra, and Kronos eat their supplement tablets without hesitation. I also add a little bit of water and mix it with their dog food to create a nice gravy or add a bit of wet food to enhance the flavor with their supplement powders – they lick their bowls clean! If it’s a particularly icky tablet or medicine pill, it goes in a nice coating of turkey or cream cheese and they swallow it whole.

  11. Great tips, I haven’t had much luck in the past.

  12. Thanks, Talent Hounds! I hope one or more of these tips will work for you.

  13. We’ve tried everything – and you won’t believe what works. I show him the pill, he opens his mouth and that’s the end of that tune! It’s way easier than the other techniques. I’ve tried pill pockets, luncheon meat, yogurt and God knows what else. Then I went old school on him and BAZINGA he takes it like a champ!

  14. That’s great, Groovy Goldendoodles!

  15. Bailey says:

    Pill pockets and peanut butter have been our life savers in getting the dogs to take pills.

  16. As a pet sitter, I often need to give meds. Labradoodle Ozzie was a dream: wrap pill in cheese and down the hatch. Beagle-mix Lily was the worst case. I had to force pills into her mouth. She was such a sweetheart; she never bit me. Cunning Zach not only ate his supplement, but snatched his companion’s supplement in cheese when she spit it out. I called Zach’s owners immediately and they assured me he would be fine, but they never asked me to pet sit again. When you hire a pet sitter, don’t just say, “Give him a pill.” Be specific about your experiences giving pills, and suggest a second technique if the first doesn’t work. If worse comes to worse, a pet sitter should have the option to take a pet to a vet for the vet to give the pill.

  17. Thanks for sharing, Scammahorn.

  18. Jodi says:

    Good advice here!! We use liverwurst, and truthfully they sit there and watch me wrap the pill around it and still gobble it down. 🙂

    I use the regular liverwurst, but have reduced their main meal slightly to accommodate for it.

    Delilah used to take a pill right from your hand, but then she realized why take that when I can get some tasty liverwurst instead. LOL

    Thanks for joining the blog hop.

  19. Great tips. We use the peanut butter method for the dogs. Just a dollop on the pill and given with great excitement because it is the most special of special treats ever. Gets them every time and the pill disappears. 🙂 Of course they are retrievers so will eat most things but they always turn their noses up at antibiotics. My Dad used to have one of the medications for his kitty compounded and he would rub it in her ear.

  20. Greenie pockets! Happy Thoughtless Thursday 🙂

  21. wagsahoy says:

    Lots of good info here. *wags* – Gilligan

  22. Elaine says:

    Hi Rachele! Your multiple treat tip works great. If Haley sees that I have another (plain) treat ready to give her, she quickly swallows the treat with the pill so she can get a second one. Otherwise, she might spit out the first one with the pill. Great tips, sharing! 🙂

  23. Wow, that’s great Elaine! Thanks for sharing!

  24. Cathy Armato says:

    Great advice! I find the Pill Pockets or just peanut butter to be the easiest method, but my dogs don’t need regular meds. If they did I may not want to give them too much of these treats. I really like the idea of a flavored medication.