A FEW RECOMMENDATIONS TO MAKE THE PROCESS EASIER
KEEP THEM COMFORTABLE
Before trying to administer any medication, lure your pet with their favourite treat when they’re relaxed. Then position yourself so they’re comfortable and can’t get away.
- Cats and small dogs: Place them on a table and stand behind it. You can also put them on your knees with their back to you. Try out different positions to see which your pet prefers.
- Larger dogs: Have them sit so their back is against your legs. Or have them sit and then sit down next to them, close to a wall so they can’t back away.
Your pet should always be in a position that is natural to them. Hold them gently without applying too much pressure.
If possible, get someone to assist you. It’s easier to hold an animal in place and distract them at the same time if there are two of you.
Feel free to distract your cat or dog with treats like a Kong® stuffed with canned food. Find them in our online store.
You can also spread wet food, peanut butter, cream cheese, etc. on a piece of plastic wrap and then attach it to a surface for your pet to lick off.
If offering your pet food when trying to give them medicine makes them overly excited and too hard to handle, save it for after.
Every day over the course of treatment, get in the same position as you do when administering the medication, but just pet your cat or dog or give them treats. If they associate the position with something positive, they’ll be less likely to stop cooperating after a few doses.
WRAP THEM IN A TOWEL IF NEEDED
Got a wiggler or scratcher on your hands? Wrap them like a burrito in a large beach towel to restrain them.
See how to make a burrito around your pet in this video (in French)
Note that the hand holding the animal should always be on the nape of their neck with the forearm resting along their back so you can gently but firmly hold them in position.
This method works with a helper but you can also use it on your own. If you’re flying solo, make sure all your supplies are within reach before wrapping your pet in the towel.