Everyone knows the trials of trying to get a pet to swallow a pill, especially a sick pet. That is one of the main reasons that PetWellbeing tries to keep their products in tasty chewable form or in liquid form. We still receive many questions about how to administer the liquid and what it tastes like.
For most pets the liquid can just be hidden in with their regular helping of canned food. Because the product can be taken with food this is the easiest and slyest way to administer it. There are a couple of problems with this though.
There are some pets with an extremely finicky pallet. One of my cats will eat her Multi Vitamin in with her food with no problems, but my second cat will have nothing to do with the "contaminated" food. With my picky cat I will do one of many things. The first is to mix the 5 drops of supplement in with a tinny bit of tuna. This is a tinny treat size only, because too much tuna is not healthy for their urinary system, and I want her to eat her normal healthy food. In emergency situations I will mix the Multi Vitamin drops with a tinny bit of cream cheese. Like the tuna, large amounts are not a good idea. The best way I use to get the product into her is her hairball remedy. The product looks like molasses in a tube, but both my cats love it. With my finicky cat I just stir in her Multi Vitamin drops and she gobbles it up. I only do this for the evening dose because she doesn't need the hairball remedy twice a day. If I am short on time I just use the plastic dropper and squish it in between her teeth and cheek. It's not her favorite method but it is fast.
Another problem is when an ill pet is not eating all, or even any of their food. If the pet is only eating a small portion of their food it is recommended to mix the supplement in with only a tinny bit of food at first. After that little bit of food is eaten you can put down the rest of the food for them to eat throughout the day. If your pet is not eating at all you will need to try the bribery method listed above or simply use the plastic eye dropper.
The last difficulty is for pets that do not normally eat canned food. My dog only eats kibble so mixing a liquid supplement in with his food is not an option. I was giving him Old Timer because he is part Rottweiler and they are known for their hip problems. He was just starting to show decreased mobility in his hips so I wanted to fit the product into his regular routine. At first I soaked a little kibble overnight in the fridge with water. The next day it was soft and I just mixed in the supplement and sprinkled the crumbs over his dry kibble. Then we got in the Nupro supplement. I started to mix up a half of a scoop of Nupro with a bit of water to form the liver gravy, and then just mixed in the supplement and stir it up in his kibble. After I finished my bottle of Old Timer I started to use the Joint Support Nupro to save myself an extra step, but it still is a great idea if you have to administer another supplement. My dog would rather starve than eat his kibble with out the Nupro now. Also there is now a Nupro for cats.
At this time all of my animals are in good health so I am lucky in administering medications and supplements, but a sick pet has more challenges. They can be cranky, hurting or have no appetite. The bottom line is that the product has to go in to help them. Finding the easies way may take some imagination.