Giving your cat a pill

Download Video: MP4, WebM, Ogg

The easiest way to give your cat a pill is to hide the pill in food. This usually works best if the pill is hidden in a small amount of tuna or cream cheese. To ensure that the pill is actually taken, it is best to give a small amount of food that the cat is certain to eat rather than a large portion that the cat may not complete. Some cats may spit out the pill, so it is important to monitor this activity. If your cat persists in spitting out the pills or if dietary restrictions prevent you from hiding the pills in an appealing treat, you will need to administer the pill directly into the cat’s mouth.

Instructions

  • Prepare the environment so that you have a safe place to handle your cat. Have the pill ready and in a place where it will be easily accessible.
  • If you are administering the medication on your own, you may find it easiest to place your cat in your lap. You may need to have someone assist you in restraining your cat by wrapping it in a blanket with only the head exposed.
  • Make sure you have carefully read the label and understand the dosing instructions.
  • Grease the pill with a very small amount of margarine or butter so it doesn’t stick in your cat’s mouth or throat.
  • Hold the pill between your thumb and index finger.
  • Gently grasp your cat’s head from above with your other hand, by placing your thumb on one side and your fingers on the other. Tilt the cat’s head back over its shoulder so that its nose points to the ceiling. The jaw should drop open slightly.
  • With your pilling hand, use your little finger and ring finger to open the cat’s mouth further by gently putting pressure on the lower front teeth.
  • Quickly place the pill as far back over the tongue as possible.
  • Close the cat’s mouth and hold it closed while you return the head to a normal position.
  • Gently rub the cat’s nose or throat, or blow lightly on the nose. This should stimulate swallowing.
  • If you have trouble with this method of opening the mouth, try placing the cat on a table. Hold the cat by the scruff of the neck and lift the front paws off of the table. The mouth will open. Quickly place the pill as far back over the tongue as possible, as in the previous method.

 

Doctors Appointment Hours

 

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Friday
9:00 am to 4:45 pm

Wednesday – Surgery Day

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

The hours listed below are the general office hours to pick up medication and/or food.

Hospital Hours 

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Friday
9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Saturday & Sunday

Closed

 COVID -19 Procedure

We all agree that our pets are a family member(s).

When they need to see a doctor, we can’t rest until they have the care they deserve.

This is why Dr. Royster will be available for his  patients needs.

The following Steps must be taken to keep you and our Team safe from exposure.

Call our hospital and  make an appointment.

When you arrive, go to  our back parking lot . Please park facing our back door and call our phone number,

610-525-1211,

we can send a staff member out.

Cat Appointments

Cats must be in a secure cat carrier.Please bring your cat to the Blue tent. Please do not go back to your car until we have your cat.

Dogs Appointments:

Please bring your dog to the Blue tent.

Please have your dog on a secure leash have them sit and stay. Please no harness. It is difficult to take a harness off  when we have our leash on your dog.

Our staff member will loop our leash around the neck. Then please bring your dog back to you and release your leash.

Staff members will be gloved & masked.

We ask that you please wear a mask and gloves. Any type of glove as long as your hands our covered. Rubber,Garden or even winter gloves. Thank you

 

 Please  remain in your car in  our parking lot.

 Dr. Royster   will call your cell with his diagnose and treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.

 Payment will be done over the phone.

We accept all credit cards or Debt card.

We no longer take cash or checks for payment.

If you have a sick pet and you normally go to another Veterinarian and they are closed, we  are here to help you and your pet.

For routine matters  please wait until your normal veterinarian has re-opened.

These steps will be followed if you are picking up medication and/or food.

Stay safe and well

 Thank you,

Dr.Royster 

 

 


 

Haverford Animal Hospital

 

Starting On June 1, 2020, Haverford Animal Hospital re-opens Our Boarding Services.
Please call 610-525-1211 for more information.