3 Ways to Ensure that Your Dogs are Taking Their Medicine
Dogs don’t like medicine and you really cannot blame them because neither do we! Nevertheless, all dogs need to take at least some meds and supplements to stay healthy, while the older and sick canines require a lot more. To make things easier for people who have dogs that are particularly resistant towards taking medicine, here are five ways to ensure that your dogs are taking the pills that they need.
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Hide it in Smelly Food
We may not like wet, smelly food, but our dogs often do and you can take advantage of that. Find out what is the smelliest food (canned fish is ideal) that your dog particularly loves and then hide the medicine in that food to mask the smell. Dogs primarily refuse to take medicine because they hate how it smells, so they won’t even know or care much about the taste of the meds if they can’t smell it properly. A point to remember here is that the food in question should not be given to the dogs regularly, or it will lose its charm, and they could just become too used to the taste and smell of the treat for us to fool them successfully!
Capsules are Must for Some Meds
While hiding medicine in food, there is always a chance that the bitterness of the drug will overpower the taste of the treat, and if that happens, both the treat and the medicine will go to waste. Ask the vet if the medicine in question is particularly bitter (metronisazole and tramadol are good candidates for that) and then make sure that you are putting the recommended dosage inside empty gel capsules if you can’t find the meds in capsule form, to begin with.
This is by far the best and the safest way for a dog owner to make their dogs take medicine daily and all they really need to do is find a compounding veterinary pharmacy nearby. In case you are not aware what veterinary compounding is exactly, know that it is a process where the pills and other oral meds are customized to make them appealing to each and every dog specifically. You won’t have to mask it in smelly treats, make two dogs compete for it, or trick them in any other way at all because the meds themselves will feel like treats to your pets. The best part is that compounding works for other pets like cats as well.
Dogs and young children have a lot of similarities, the only difference being that the furry ones never grow up, not really. While that’s part of why we love them so much in the first place, it can also be a cause for concern when they refuse to take meds which are absolutely necessary for them. Thanks to the three tricks above though, we have mostly managed to take care of that problem.
Let us know how you get on!