It's ironic in this day of a pet pill for every ill that so many pet owners -- particularly cat owners -- have such a hard time actually getting pills into their pets.
Whether it's for a fractious, finicky cat or a dog who cleverly hides pills under the sofa cushion after appearing to have swallowed them, my column on SFGate.com this week has some helpful tips for getting needed medications into your pets. And the biggest one doesn't involve any special pill-chucking tools or techniques, either, but something I learned when coping with a sick dog years ago:
When I realized getting those pills into her would be my personal Waterloo, I asked my vet for help. She was able to pop a pill down Scarlett's throat without the slightest difficulty, but for me, it wasn't so easy. For one thing, my vet had either her tech or me to hold Scarlett, but my home did not come equipped with a trained veterinary professional, nor indeed anyone except my other pets.
For another, Scarlett started running away from me every time she saw me coming or heard me opening the cupboard where I kept her medication. The thought of spending whatever time she had left in a power struggle didn't appeal to me at all. So it was back to the vet, where I heard two words that should be music to the ears of every pet owner in America who has ever faced this problem: compounding pharmacy.
Other tips, and more info on compounding pharmacies, here.
Also, Shari Brodsky over on DogHobbyist.com continues, to quote Gina, to "watch The Greatest American Dog so we don't have to." You go, Shari! You're taking the bullet for us all!