Pill taking is one of the biggest challenges to swallow for cats and dogs recovering from amputation surgery. If you are encountering difficulties giving pills to your new Tripawd, here are some tried-and-true ways to make the pill taking process a little easier for the pack:
- Hold the pill in your dominant hand between your thumb and forefinger.
- With your other hand, gently squeeze your dog’s back teeth and lift his jaw toward the ceiling.
- Using a free finger on your dominant hand, lower his bottom jaw, place the pill on the back of his tongue, then hold his mouth closed.
- Blow on his nose. If he licks it, the pill is gone!
This How to Give Your Dog a Pill video gives more tips for canine pawrents:
And for our feline Tripawds out there, Veterinarian Dr. Brian Dickinson demonstrates how to & how not to give your cat a pill.
Try a Pill Gun
When all else fails, a pill gun like the Buster Pet Piller With Soft Tip Syringe can do the trick.
Dr. Pam Wiltzius, Tripawds Veterinary Expert, explains how “a pill gun is a plastic syringe (also called a pill gun). The only problem with these is that you can only do 1 or 2 pills at a time.”
Member jackieandmac says that a pill gun worked for them: “Right now Mac takes over 10 pills at a time so I bought one of those pill dispensers and I wish I had gotten it sooner. It really has worked, although we still have to squirt the water in to encourage him to swallow.”
The Bullseye Pillgun is another option, and it gets great reviews on Amazon, like this:
“I’ve pilled a lot of cats during my lifetime, and this is the best pill gun I’ve ever used. I originally ordered two but love it so much that I just ordered 20 more to ensure that I have a lifetime supply. This wonderful pill shooter turns the ordeal of pilling into a breeze.”
Do you have a trick to giving your Tripawd pills? If so, share them below in our comments section!