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Tips for tricky pets on tablets

By Helen Burns | Dated March 28, 2019

The parody of trying to give a cat a tablet was written for very good reason (Click here if you haven’t read it)! It can be incredibly difficult, not to mention stressful, to medicate your dog, cat or pocket pet on a daily basis.

Compounding pharmacists have come to the rescue however, and we are now able to prescribe medications that come in much more user friendly forms.

Jasper is a 4 year old much loved cat who was diagnosed with a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy at just 2 years of age. Every day he needs to take his heart medication. To make the process less stressful on him, Jasper’s owner now orders his medication in a chicken flavoured treat!

Jasper’s tasty chicken treats

Bodi is a gorgeous 18 year old ragdoll whose kidneys aren’t functioning as well as they should, and his kidney disease has led to high blood pressure. To ease the stress on him having a tablet every morning and evening to control his hypertension, Bodi has a transdermal paste applied to his inner ear instead.


The handsome Bodi


Bert is an 8 1/2 year old miniature lop eared rabbit who has seizures, and enjoys his apple -flavoured anticonvulsant liquid that he is given each day.  Imagine the alternative of giving a rabbit a tablet !!

The gorgeous Bert whose epilepsy is controlled with apple flavoured anticonvulsant

Royce, a 9 year old cocker spaniel needs special eye drops that aren’t available commercially. Fortunately our compounding pharmacist is able to make the eye drops especially for Royce.

Moral of the story is if you are having trouble medicating your pet, or if you feel giving them medication is too stressful, please don’t hesitate to enquire about whether their medication can be compounded into a friendlier form!


Written by Helen Burns

Helen graduated from Sydney Uni in 1997 with First Class Honours and worked in a practice on the Northern Beaches for 16 years. Helen joined the Gordon Vet team early in 2014 and our clients have really enjoyed getting to know her. She loves being a vet and takes a keen interest in all of her patients. Her gentle, friendly nature helps pets to feel relaxed when they visit the vet. Helen lives locally and has 3 children. At least one of her children seems destined to be a vet! When not ferrying her children around, Helen cares for her menagerie of pets. These include Chloe the dog, Obi and Leia the cats, Little Cocky the galah and Rosie the very tame eclectus parrot who all happily coexist at her house. In her spare time, Helen likes to be active outdoors, running, kayaking, camping or playing any manner of sport with her children.

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