Clever ideas can help the pet medicine go down more easily.
With good preventative care and a high-quality diet, most pets will stay healthy for most of their lives. But at some point in your pet's lifetime you may need to give pills or liquid medication to treat an illness or chronic disease.
Most pets will not easily swallow a pill or liquid just because it's good for them. And shoving a pill down a dog or cat's throat can be stressful for both pet and owner, not to mention the dangers of doggy or kitty clamping down on the fingers that hold the pill.
Having an arsenal of ways to get your pet to take pills and liquid medication can save both you and your four-legged friend from the anxiety that often accompanies “medicine time.”
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Capsule Pocket Treats
Here is a simple recipe to make your own capsule pocket treats at home with top quality ingredients.
For dogs, mix ½ cup of organic canned pumpkin, ½ cup of organic unsalted peanut butter and ¼ cup of organic goat milk in a mixer until all ingredients are blended well.
If you are making capsule treats for cats you can substitute the peanut butter with shredded, canned chicken or tuna. Just be sure to use chicken or tuna that has not been stored in oil and has not been seasoned with salt or other flavorings.
Turn the mixer on low and slowly add in two cups of organic steel cut oats until all of the ingredients are mixed well.
Use a melon baller or tablespoon to scoop out the mixture and roll it into balls. Roll the balls in steel cut oats to coat the outside and place them on a large platter covered with wax paper. Place them in the refrigerator for about an hour to firm them up.
You now have a pliable, organic,
healthy treat to hide capsules in! Since these treats do not have any
preservatives and contain goat's milk, be sure to keep them in the freezer
and only thaw out as many as you will use in 2-3 days.
Meatball Med-balls for Liquid Medication
Giving liquid medication to pets can be more challenging than capsules. Try this homemade recipe to give your dog or cat liquid medication.
Mix one pound of ground grass-fed beef or free-range chicken, one cup of shredded Parmesan cheese and one free-range egg in a bowl.
Once the ingredient are blended well, use a tablespoon to scoop out the mixture and roll into balls. Now insert your little finger into the center of each meatball forming a hole into which the medicine dropper can later be inserted to deposit the medicine.
Place the meatballs on a cookie sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 375°F. When the meatballs are done, let them cool completely then store them in the refrigerator for up to three days or in the freezer until you need them.
Draw the liquid
medication into the dropper and then squeeze it into the
middle of the meatball. The medication should now be hidden inside a
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