Medication Administration - Who's In Charge

posted: by: Aspenwood Tags: "Clinic Specials" "News" 

If you have ever given your pet medications, you may be able to relate to this.  Many owners have gone through the struggle of finding a half dissolved pill in their pets hair, stuck to their own sleeve or on the floor hours after they thought they gave it.
The struggle of trying to open a pets mouth or hide it in every treat known to man.  Those of us who have cats, know that this scenario is still true, with the added bonus of four feet and claws.
Pharmacy's and pharmaceutical companies are continuing to develop medication options that might make this experience easier.  Talk to your veterinarian if you will be administering medications at home and on a long term basis.  Alternatives such as "tiny tabs", liquid form or transdermal (absorbed through the skin) may be options to consider.  Not every medication is designed to function well in these forms and may not be as effective.  Your veterinarian will help to evaluate your individual situation, pet and needs.  They can help to determine the best alternative for administration.  Your veterinary staff can also provide great tips if needed.  Schedule a time for them to walk you through administration, showing you how to safely hold your pet and help reduce the stress to them and to you.  Medication is only beneficial if administered as directed.... making the process as easy as possible helps to keep everyone happy and healthy.