How To Give Your Pet Medication – Pet Care Tips

Having a pet that needs medical attention is rarely a fun time. It requires special attention and concerted effort to make sure they get the right treatment and post care for whatever the issue is. Pets, especially cats, are averse to swallowing medications making the post care process more complicated. However well intentioned you are, forcing your pet to swallow a bitter pill could cause trust issues and a relationship breakdown. To avoid a breakdown in trust between you and your pet, let’s cover how to give your pet medication when they need it the most.

Veterinary Compounding​​​​​​​

When it comes to making medications more palatable, veterinary compounding is a very effective method. This process of blending the medication with various tasty materials helps to create a medication that tastes and looks more like a treat.

A compounding pharmacist is able to disguise the medication in a special blend. This method helps your pet actually enjoys the experience. Your cat may never allow you to give them a pill, but they love tuna fish. Dogs hate the flavor of liquid meds but love the taste of meat. Designing specialized medications in the right dosage with the right flavor profile for your pet is a surefire way to ensure they get the appropriate care they require.

Every pet is unique. Why, then, should every pet have to take the same medications as other pets of different age, size, temperament, and sensitivities? Compounding is a perfect way to ensure your pet gets a customized solution they are sure to appreciate and enjoy.

The cost of this service may be higher than buying an over-the-counter medication and then forcing your pet to consume it (often with mixed results and a trepidatious pet). Even so, you may find that it is worth the extra cost knowing that your pet is enjoying the experience and is more likely to get the benefits of the treatment.

Creating a Tasty Treat, At Home​​​​​​​

Another way to help administer medications to your pets is by cleverly disguising the pill in a treat. This can be done by putting it into some cheese or a favorite chewy treat, or by crushing the pill with a mortar and pestle and mixing it into their soft food.


Be careful with the crushing pill method. Not all medications are meant for this as they are designed to be a specifically timed release in the gut after ingestion. Crushing the pill modifies the release time and can cause problems.

Your pet may do well with this method. Some pets are much more sensitive and coy than others, however, and you may find them sniffing out the foreign substance and devouring the treat without it. To combat this, you can try out different treats that hide or compliment the medication’s offensive odor or bitter flavor. If nothing seems to work, talk to your vet about a possible compounding solution.

Force of Will

When it comes to how to give your pet medication when they need it the most, a little bit of tact goes a long way. Opting for a professional service like veterinary compounding can turn a challenging situation into a pleasant time of treats and positive attention. Disguising medications at home in the form of covert treats may also work well. Forcibly administering medications is typically the least likely to work well and only create more stress and distrust in your pet. If you find that you are having problems getting your little friend to ingest medications, reach out and chat with a team member here at Flamingo Pet Clinic today. We will be able to help you provide the appropriate care for your pet at this delicate time. Remember, we are always here to help! Call us at 702-903-3200.