Spoonful of Bacon Helps the Medicine Go Down

Nov 16, 2017

Giving your pet’s medication can sometimes be a challenge. 

You can disguise a pill in some food. Bread, marshmallow, cheese whiz have all been used by pet parents. Beware of peanut butter with xylitol. This ingredient can cause severe hypoglycemia, seizures and liver failure. 

In addition, how many calories are you giving with that twice daily pill or pills? One of our patients was getting high calorie treats before, during and after each of her three medications. The excess calories started to add up with the dog's chronic medications and hindered her condition.  Did you know canine Pill Pocket’s made by Greenies have approximately 24 calories, while a spoon of peanut butter has 85 calories and a slice of cheese has 80 calories.

For some pets, feeding a human food can lead to begging and for others, putting the medicine in the food bowl could create a pet to become shy of eating.

If your pet can’t be enticed with the diversion of food coverage, you could consider getting your pet’s medications compounded. Compounding pharmacists can manipulate medications into flavored chews and liquids with flavors such as triple fish, chicken and bacon. When oral dosing is not a feasible option, the pharmacist can even create medications into transdermal gels, which can be rubbed on the inside of the ear.

If you need to give your pet’s medicine directly into the mouth, there are some other tools that may be helpful. A pet piller is a device that pushes the medicine into the back of the mouth while keeping your hands away and safe. With certain medications, such as doxycycline, it is important that one must follow up with administering some water, because the tablets can cause esophageal erosions.

Veterinarians now have certain injectable antibiotics that can last for two weeks and injectable allergy medication that can last 4 to 8 weeks.

Administering medications can become more pleasant for you and your pets. Hillcrest Animal Hospital is always here to help with any obstacles that may arise. Our hospital works closely with an accredited-compounding pharmacy for any of your pet’s needs.


Dr. Michelle Mayers