Emmett the good sport is currently taking antibiotics and pain meds to combat the swelling and bacteria from Easter Smackdown 09. He usually takes his Rimadyl with no complaint- it’s a chewable beef flavored tab- but he’s less than enthused about his Clavamox.
Normally I just stick the pills in peanut butter and he’s happy to take them that way, but my husband is mightily protesting my use of his Jiff stash for such purposes. I’ve also been known to hide them in aesthetically pleasing swirls of pressurized Kong stuffing cheese flavored product, but I ran out of that last week. I suppose I could just manually put the pills in his mouth, but I hate doing that when I have a pet who is perfectly happy to take them in a food product.
I remembered at this point that we have a box of Greenies Pill Pocket samples, which I have been sending home with clients and getting good feedback on, so what better time to give them an official test run than now?
They are pretty great.
Emmett took them with no problem- of course, he’s a Golden and he has been known to eat trash and diapers, so I don’t know how discriminating his palate is. But what I really like is how easy they are to use.
It’s like a little squishy can with no lid. You put the pills inside the pocket, and seal the top off with your fingers. It’s much neater than peanut butter or making a meatball out of canned food. I admit it. I am lazy. I like to do these things with maximum efficiency, and anything that leaves me with no sticky fingers or utensils is aces in my book.
Per the website, you can also put liquid medications in the pill pockets. Clever little product! Emmett and I both give it two paws up.
In addition to the time trusted peanut butter, I also use cream cheese. Wrapped around the pill, they tend not to lick the cream cheese until they get to the pill.
Hmm. Do they make them for children? ;-p
I’ve also heard they work on ~50% of cats, too. (The cat sized version, of course, with small pills.)
Have fun storming the castle!
(I just had to… it’s one of my favorite movies.)
Jess, it’s just something I’ve heard from a couple vets based on their experience. Probably just reflects the difference between the finicky, nibbly cats and the food motivated cats who’ll eat anything. Or the cats like mine who are on a diet and think they better hork down anything they’re given before the other cat gets it!
I’ve been using these for about a year. Dog’ tend to love ’em, no matter the breed. Cats, I’m not sure I’d go with 50% but the number that do like them is significant and I have several kitties who take them on a regular basis for chronic meds.