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Tips on Administering medicine to animals

To stop a cat wriggling when giving medication, place it on your chest and remove hands so it has to hold on with its claws.

An alternative method is to wrap the animal tightly in a towel.  Hold its head back and place the medication at the back of its throat.   Hold nostrils together for a short time to ensure the pill is swallowed.


An excellent hint for dog and cat owners having to force feed medicine to an unwilling patient. After you have medicated your pet and held the jaw closed with the hope the animal will swallow it, partially release the animal's muzzle.   If he licks his lips, never fear, the medicine is swallowed and you can let go.   If he doesn't lick his lips immediately, hold his muzzle closed again.  The little "so and so" is just biding his time to spit or foam the medicine out.

Dogs and cats reflexively lick their lips after swallowing medication - I learned this from an old country vet.

Thank you for sharing this with the rest of us Jill Swigart


Putting butter on the tablet helps and also holding the animals head in a vertical position with jaw held closed.  This means they have not choice but to swallow and the pill slips down easily.


Completely cover a tablet with meat or fish paste.  The smell masks the medicine and the dog thinks of it as a treat.  If your dog loves to catch then turn it into a game by making your dog catch the ball of meat paste.  Too late to register the fact they have taken their medicine.

Warning - do not give dogs chocolate as this is harmful - unless it is made especially for dogs.

Thanks to Lynn Taylor-Danzey for this tip.

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