How to Give Medicine to a Cat Cats are notoriously difficult to give medications to, but, sometimes it's needed. Here's a video with a few helpful tips (starring Amber and her cat Drucy). Please remember, if you are unable to give your cat the medications we have prescribed, CALL US! Medicine only helps if the cat takes it!
How to Give Fluids to a Cat
As cats age, up to 2/3 will develop kidney disease. One of the ways we help support aging kidneys is by giving fluids under the skin. If your cat needs fluids, we will take as much time as you need to show you how it's done. That said, here is a video of technician Amber demonstrating the process for those times at home that you may need a few helpful hints!
Brushing Your Dog's Teeth! The best way to prevent dental disease is brushing teeth, every single day if you can. Here is a video demonstrating the best way to help your dog or cat have a healthy mouth!
Got Skunked?!? The following is a skunk recipe that we've used with success when our own pets meet their stinky friends:
1 tsp Dawn dish soap 1 qt hydrogen peroxide 1/2 cup baking soda
Mix and thoroughly apply. Rinse well, You may need to repeat depending on the severity of the "skunking."
For a direct spray into the face, you can safely rinse a pet's eyes out with sterile eye wash solution (available at any drug store or pharmacy). NEVER put anything into the eyes that isn't labeled for eye use only, and never put a medication into the eye without calling a Veterinarian first.
If you can't immediately wash your dog, apply Scope (Original flavor, orange colored) mouthwash in a spray bottle to the affected area and let dry. This will neutralize the scent immediately! For face sprays, apply Scope mouthwash to a towel and carefully rub into the affected area, avoiding the eyes.
Photo courtesy of Sherm, who is fighting a long-time battle with his backyard skunks and his dog, Mia!
Giving Pills to Dogs
At some point, your dog may need to be on medications. Try as we might, some dogs are just determined not to take their pills. Here are a few tips and tricks we've found that can help! If you have a tip that's not in this page, please let us know so we can add it to the list!
Some ideas for things to hide pills into are: 1. Peanut Butter 2. Easy-Cheese (spray cheese) 3. Velveeta cheese 4. Cool whip 5. Vanilla ice cream 6. A meatball of canned food (dog or cat canned food) with the pill carefully packed into the center 7. Hot dogs 8. Marshmallows 9. Liverwurst 10. A Pill Sandwich – layer a cracker, peanut butter with pill, second cracker to make a sandwhich 11. Pill Pockets 12. Pill pocket wrapped in lunch meat or peanut butter
Sometimes, a dog learns that a pill may be hidden in the treat. In these dogs, it works well to make up 3 separate treats. Give the first without the pill, the second with, and the third without. For example, cut up three pieces of hot dog. Give the first piece as a treat, hide the pill in the second, and finish with a third piece of hot dog that doesn’t have the pill.
Another idea to “trick” the dog into taking pills is to make the dog work for the treat. Often, asking a dog to sit, shake, roll over, etc, before giving the treat w/pill will help the dog to forget the pill is there.
Some dogs are especially sensitive and can smell medication residue on your fingers. For these dogs, it works best to have a separate person make up the treat. Someone who hasn’t touched the pill should give the medication so the dog can’t smell it.
Two Weeks of Rest?!
After a surgery, we often require that our patients have 2 weeks of rest - no running, jumping, playing. This is a tough time for families and pets. One thing that can help is the Kong toy (www.kongcompany.com). This hollow toy is soft enough to be safe to chew on and hardy enough for the toughest chewers. Here is a list of possible "stuffing" ideas to help increase the amount of time this toy keeps your dog busy. Freezing the Kong for a few hours after stuffing it definitely helps the treat last longer.
1. Peanut butter 2. Canned food or kibble that has been softened with warm water 3. Baby food (with NO onions or garlic) 4. A mix of any of these, with treats, baby carrots or green beans 5. Plain yogurt 6. Cheese whiz or Velveeta
Keep in mind that too much of any of these isn't good and may cause diarrhea or an upset stomach. Mixing a little of the good stuff (cheese, peanut butter, baby food) with some kibble is a better idea than filling the whole Kong with the rich treats.