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The story of how I stumbled upon this awesome tip:
You may have seen this little furry guy named Hermes before if you follow me on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Hermes is a Siamese cat. It feels so weird to say Hermes is a cat. I really just think of Hermes more as my little buddy. So I guess saying he is just a cat just does not sit right with me.
The truth is…Hermes needs to take medicine to stay looking as happy and vibrant as he looks in this photo.
I know I would do anything I could to help him whenever he needed it. There is a deep bond between Hermes and I. Yes, he can do things that make me shake my head and slap my forehead. No matter what, I’ll always love my little buddy ‘ol pal. (Hermes has way too many nicknames.) Since you are reading this post, I am assuming you have a furry friend in your life that is also very special to you.
Throughout my life I have had more than a handful of pets. Some big, some tiny.
One thing that always seemed like an impossible and daunting task was getting a pet to take medicine.
I think it seemed as though it was almost as stressful for me as it was my pets.
With Hermes he is so picky with food and treats.
So giving medicine is like mission impossible without Tom Cruise.
The issue I most recently fell into was trying to get Hermes to eat his hairball medicine. The medicine came in a so called “treat form”. I am not a cat but the so called treat smelled and looked awfully suspicious, even to me.
Hermes was not having it. I honestly did not think he would eat it anyways. I mean it was hard enough trying to find food that he liked. We had to try almost every brand of food on the market. This is not an exaggeration. I wish it was.
So I knew this whole medicine experience was not going to go any better than the food trials.
The problem starts with the fact that Hermes has long fur. Not super long like some furry friends, but long enough. I brush him (he is a lap cat which makes that easy) but he still gets hairballs. I had to do something that would make him feel better.
All I heard at night was his gagging noises while he tried to bring a hairball up. Yuck. Then at about 3 a.m. Hermes would finally hack up a hairball. Now you might think that I was just loving this bonding moment between Hermes and I.
I was definitely not loving cleaning kitty puke at 3 a.m. You probably thought it did not get any worse for me than that. Well Hermes loves me a lot. He likes to LAY ON MY BACK WHILE I SLEEP. Think of where that hairball finally ends up… I just gave myself the heebie jeebies again. Just typing it now, it is still gross.
Sorry if you were eating. I am sure I kind of just ruined that moment for you. So after all of this, I knew not giving him the hairball medicine was not an option. As much as I thought hairballs were gross, I am sure Hermes probably did not like feeling sick.
Other methods I tried that failed:
There are a few ways I tried to get my pets (cats or dogs) to take pills. We tried some of the classics. We tried to invent some of what we thought were creative medicine giving hacks.
Some of it worked, but nothing worked consistently. Between cats and dogs we tried hiding medicine in food both wet & dry. Then there was peanut butter for our dog at the time. Hiding medicine in people food that was “dog safe”. (I don’t personally think any people food is really all that great for a dog or cat, so I would not recommend it.)
I personally never tried the push the pill method. I have read other people have done that. I think it is a lot of risk on both your part and your pet’s. I would not recommend doing this at all. I am so afraid of the animal choking or losing trust in me. Everyone is different. I am not saying if you did this that you are wrong! It is just not for me, and I would not recommend it personally.
The best way to give your pets medicine!
Guess what though. I have another option FOR ALL OF US! It is so easy!
- It is fast.
- It is easy.
- It is cheap!
- All Natural
- This might solve all of your medicine giving hassles.
- Your pet sees this method as a TREAT!
- You get to keep your pet’s trust and not risk the chance of your furry friend doubting you.
I am telling you that yes you can still give the medicine you need to AND have your furry pal think you are giving them a treat!
This is works for Hermes. This just might solve some hassles for you too!
What is this answer? Yes, I am finally going to spill the beans…
It is Greenie’s Pill Pockets.
These are soft chewy treats! Well that is how your pet will see them anyways!
This is perfect for Hermes. I can break up the hairball medicine and stuff it into one of these pill pockets. You see Hermes has a sweet spot for treats… He especially likes chicken flavored treats…
These comes in various flavors like chicken or with real peanut butter.
The pill pocket is a little treat shaped capsule that you mold around the pill/medicine.
There are large and small sizes for dogs. For cats there is one small size.
**Bonus Money Saving tip**
Some people were able to buy the large size and use for small pills using just half of each pocket at a time… THIS DOUBLES THE PILL POCKETS IF YOU CAN DO THIS! Talk about saving money!
You can ALSO use this with liquid medicine. Nothing makes me happier than when a product has more than one use!
Yes. it. is. true. and. you. can. buy. it. right. now. fast. and. easy.
- Chicken flavor
- Peanut Butter
- Chicken flavor
- Salmon flavor
In addition to a bunch of pet loved flavors, there are special pill pockets with low allergens! Click here to check out these special pill pockets!
Greenie’s pill pockets have a 4.5 star review rating on Amazon! I’m not the only one that loves them!
Here is a quick tip incase you live in drier weather:
- If the pockets are a bit dry (thanks to our overly hot summer weather) either wet your fingertips with water or microwave the pill pocket ONLY (don’t put the medicine in yet!) for 5-7 seconds BEFORE putting the pill inside. This softens the pockets to make them easy to mold again. **Be sure to let the pill pocket cool completely before giving to your pet.**
Now giving medicine to your furry buddy is as easy as picking up a package of Greenies Pill Pockets!
Now if only I could get Reese’s Peanut butter cups to make pill pockets for when I need to take medicine myself … 🙂
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