A tip on pilling your cat or dog.

United States
September 29, 2007 2:41pm CST
I know that a lot of us here have cats and/or dogs. I myself have several cats. Including 4 that are on daily meds. All of my cats are extremely hard to medicate. I have tried every method of medicating with little or no success. Then a little over a year ago I discovered Pill Pockets. They are soft little treat in the form of a pouch. You put the pill in the pouch pinch it closed and give it to your cat or dog. In some cases the pill may be too big & you may need to youse a pill cutter & cut it in to two or more pieces & use more than one Pill Pocket. Timothy takes this really big pill & ( had to get the large dog Pill Pocket. I cut the pill up into four pieces & then divide the Pill Pocket in to four pieces & then wrap each piece of the pill up in the piece of Pill Pocket. The Pill Pocket comes in one size for cats . Chicken or salmon flavored & two sizes for dogs. a medium chicken flavored & a large beef flavored. My cats love them & literally crowd around me when I am preparing meds. I can't post a link yet. However you can google Pill Pockets for more info. They are availble at Petsmart & other pet stores. Also some Vet clinics carry them. They are great!
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@rosie_123 (6118)
30 Sep 07
Wow, I have never heard of these. Mind you - my babies are all so suspicious by nature, they would probably find a qway to chew the flavoured "pocket" and spit out the pill! LOL! Must admit over the years with my 6 cats, I have found the easiest way is simply to tilt their heads back and give them the pill like the Vets do. My partner holds them and tilts their heads back, and I just open their mouths (by pressing where the Vets show you), and put n the pill - then stroke their throats afterwards and give them a special treat of their favourite food. If you do it quickly enough - they don't even notice:-))
• United States
30 Sep 07
I don't have a partner to hold the cat while I try to pry up their mouth. Some of them clamp their mouth closed to tightly. It would take a crow bar to pry it open. Some of my cats are suspicious too. When I have tried putting the pill in cheese or their cat food they always smelled it and ate around it. Pill Pockets has a strong smell.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
1 Oct 07
Thanks so much for the tip GaiaFireLynx! I wish I knew about that when I had my cat Tuffy and had to give him a anxiety pill every day because he was so irate and mean due to something happening to him, which we never found out what. I had to grab his neck and hold his head back and use an instrument from the veteranarian to get the pill down. He loved temptations treats but it was crunchy type of treats, no way could I put it inside of them. That is really and truely good information! Thanks so much!
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
30 Sep 07
That sounds like a good idea. I do not know if they are available in Canada. When our dog was small, she loved peanut butter so we ground up her medication and mixed it with that or since she also loved spaghetti, mixed with the spaghetti sauce or else fed it to her with some milk. My son has a kitten and he puts her medication on a spoon and spoon feeds her. We do not have any pet now, but these Pill Pockets sounds like a good idea.
@3lilangels (4639)
• United States
30 Sep 07
thats a great idea and i will definatly keep this in mind for future reference.thanks so much for the greatful tip.
30 Sep 07
Good idea hun. I'm quite lucky with Moomin as I can generally get him to take his meds when needed, simply by putting them into a piece of tuna. He scoffs it down
@Katlady2 (9920)
• United States
30 Sep 07
What an awesome idea! I have 12 cats, two of which always seem to catch an upper respiratory cold or infection and I have to give them pills sometimes. I'll have to get some of those...maybe then my Prance won't decide to use my hand for a pin cushion. LOL
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
29 Sep 07
Thanks for the info Gaia. If I have to Capstar the whole crew again maybe I'll pick up some of those for the hard to pill cats like Star, Gizmo, Ronnie &, believe it or not, Solo - who I've had since he was born!
@AmbiePam (49113)
• United States
29 Sep 07
That's an excellent tip! One of my dogs takes his heartworm medicine no problem, but the other gives me a tougher time. I'll be looking for these next month when it is time for them to take their heartworm preventative medicine again. Thank you!