Getting your pet to take their meds

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You take your pet to the vet and they're prescribed some medicine. Now the real fun begins –trying to get your dog or cat to take the drugs.

“What we're asking you to do can be difficult, even for those people who do it all the time. If you're having difficulty, there are options,” said Dr. Marty Becker, author of the new book “From Fearful to Fear Free.”

Antibiotics are often given to house pets. Dr. Becker said some antibiotics are injectable and last for seven to 10 days.

If you know it will be a challenge to give a pill to your pet, ask your vet to compound the medication into a palpable form.

“Dogs like sweet flavors like bubble gum. Cats like salty flavors, think of bacon and vegemite, something like that. So they can compound it into something they will literally suck it right out of the end of a syringe,” he said.

If all else fails, don't be embarrassed and give up. Contact your vet. You may be able to bring the patient – your pooch or kitty – to the vet’s office each day to have them do it.

My wife and I did that with once with our cat, Casey. It didn't cost much, Casey got his meds and it didn't ruin our relationship with him.

Final tip: With every medication ask for side effects and things to watch out for.

More Info: How to Give Your Dog Medication

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