In much the same way that it can be difficult to convince a toddler to eat a suspicious green vegetable, making sure your pet successfully takes a tick and flea prevention tablet orally can come with varying levels of difficulty, depending on the pet’s nature. While some who sit at the more trusting end of the spectrum are likely to obediently open up and down that tablet, others require a little more convincing - or bribing.
If you’re struggling to convince your pet to take a very important fleas and ticks treatment via a tablet, here’s some tips to sneak past their defenses and get that line of defense active within their system.
- Mix it in with their regular food - skip out on the fun and games of trying to convince them to swallow the tablet on its own by mixing it in with their regular daily feeds. Soft food is a great way to slip a tablet in over kibble - canned or cooked meat can be a problem-solver in placing that tablet innocently amongst a heap of delicious fresh meat, designed to entice even the fussiest of eaters to chow down. Problem solved!
- Turn it into a competition. Is there a piece of food your pet just loves, like chicken, beef or some peanut butter? Give your pet a little taste of their favourite treat, then offer them some more of that treat again - this time with the tablet firmly buried in the treat itself.
- Test out different times of the day for responsiveness. Some cats and dogs may be more hungry in the morning, and more likely to eat without paying as much attention to what it is they’re eating. Others eat more in the evening, so slipping the tablet into their dinner feed is going to bring about better results. Figure out what works most effectively for your pet’s feeding schedule and work their monthly and three-monthly tablets in on that basis.
What kind of treatment is right for my pet?
Carrying out a cat or dog flea treatment comparison is important in ensuring you’re feeding your pet a treatment that’s going to actively protect them from the risks of ticks and fleas in their environment. Consult your vet to find out if there are particular elements you need to keep in mind as you decide on a course of treatment. If you live in a warmer climate with a higher risk of ticks, it’s going to be crucial to use a treatment that’s highly effective in reducing these existing risks. The option to combine tick and flea treatment with worming treatments is also worth keeping in mind, depending on what’s most suitable for your pet and for your treatment schedule. With a full range of dog and cat fleas and ticks treatment products available across our online store, you can find just the right solution for you and your pets.