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Heartworm Medicine - Tips and Tricks on Feeding


                              Tips for Getting Your Pet to Take its Heartworm Medicine

In order to keep your pet safe, you should be providing it with heartworm medicine.  Heartworm disease is fatal, yet preventable.  Some of these medicine are given monthly, while others are given every day.  While many pets are cooperative about taking their heartworm pills, you might have difficulty getting your pet without putting up a fight.

  • Disappearing Medicine

Some sneaky pets are quite skilled at hiding their heartworm medication.  One of the favorite hiding places is under the couch.  These pets hold the medication in their mouth, only to spit it out beneath the sofa when the owner isn’t looking.  The best way to make sure the medication is swallowed rather than wasted is to get your pet’s saliva flowing.  Flowing saliva makes the pet’s mouth slippery and helps get the medicine to slide down into the pet’s throat.

The easiest way to get your pet’s saliva going is to offer a treat, such a liver sausage, a bit of cheese, or hamburger.  The best way to accomplish this is to offer your pet a treat.  Then, wrap the medication in the treat and let the pet see that you have another, larger treat ready for him after he eats the heartworm medicated treat.  Feed the pet the treat with the medicine, and then feed him the larger treat.  Follow this up with an offer to drink some water then check the pet’s mouth to be sure it is empty. 

If your pet is a picky eater, you need to be selective about the food you use to trick you pet into eating its heartworm medicine.  Some pets will be turned off from food because of the medicine.  Therefore, you do not want to use the pet’s primary food to disguise medicine.  Otherwise, you might be looking for a new food that your pet will accept.

  • Undigested Medication

Some pets will also have problems with a chewable heartworm pill passing right through their systems without digesting it.  This generally happens when the pet swallows the pill whole rather than chewing the medication.  Therefore, it is best to encourage the pet to chew the heartworm medicine if it is meant to be chewed.  If your pet simply will not chew the pill, it might be better to switch to a non-chewable pill or a topical spot on flea with heartworm medicine, such as Revolution.  Thankfully, pets do not experience complications from switching from one type of heartworm medication to another.  Therefore, it is fine to experiment with different types of medication until you find one that works for you and your pet.