Today’s PetMeds Spotlight is on your pets taking their medication. There are lots of meds, from flea and tick preventatives, to thyroid treatment and a few ways the meds are administered.
Obviously, flavored tablets are the easiest meds to give, most can be broken up in a meal and go unnoticed, but some meds require a little more effort.
Your vet will explain which meds need to be kept intact, and which can be disguised in gravy with a meal, but you should always speak to your vet first about any method your going to try to avoid digestive upset. A lot of meds are “buffered” these days which means they have a specific coating that allows for digestion further down from the stomach, something important to consider when asking about human med equivalents.
There is something gaining popularity called a “piller”, a long device that holds a pill on the end, you place the piller towards the back of your pet’s throat and release the pill, which forces your pet to swallow it. This is a valuable tool with cats, most dogs will beg for a pill covered in peanut butter or wrapped in bacon, and show off a few of the tricks they remember.
Topical meds are placed below the hairline and absorbed through the skin. There has to be caution used in households with more than one pet to make sure one does not try to lick it off the other. Usually separating them in different rooms is a great way to make sure this kind of thing wont happen. Bathing or water activities can be resumed usually after 24 to 48 hours of topical medications.
Regardless of the medication or the way it’s administered, keeping a calendar is a good idea to make sure a schedule is followed and incase of an emergency, you can see what meds were given at what times to make sure interactions can be monitored.