360 Parasite protection—a discussion of lowering risk of parasites in dogs and their parents - Episode 9
Tips for getting difficult patients to take their parasitic preventive medication
What pet parents can do to stay informed about parasitic prevention, plus the high cost of treatment vs prevention.
Content sponsored by Elanco
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: What would you say to a pet parent that says, "Oh my gosh, I have to pill my dog?" What's the, if there's any, pushback or resistance to, you know, taking a chewable tablet?
Bill Carter, DVM: She tells me to suck it up. She makes me medicate our dogs when they, you know, if they have a urinary tract infection...
Katina Carter, DVM: I make sure they have what they need, but I'm not doing it. I'm the good guy.
Bill Carter, DVM: Suck it up. It's only for a couple of days. a urinary tract infection
Katina Carter, DVM: Honestly, if someone says that, first of all, it is chewable. They can break it up if they need to, if they want to. I've had a couple...There have been a couple of times that a dog, you know, probably because all it ever ate was, you know, human food cooked for it. But they...those people [say] "Oh, mine won't take it." First of all, you haven't tried. Let me know how it goes. And if there's still an issue, pulverize it, [and] throw it in whatever you're cooking for this dog that day. And it's once a month, you know, it's just worth it. So, I was saying figure out a way to get it in there, whether that be something like peanut butter, which our girls really like. Sometimes we'll do spray can cheese, [which] is a fabulous one. There's pill pockets, even a little bit of canned food, you know, something like that. You can always find something that they're going to be able to...
Bill Carter, DVM: The great thing about peanut butter is you just get the laugh at him the whole time. It's just fantastic. And it's...they love it, you know?
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: ...but Kara with that Credelio for your baby. He just chews themright up?
Kara Johnson: Yes, my other dog, my previous dog, he was a little bit more finicky. He picked up on me pretty quick. So, I would just chop it in[to] super small pieces and throw it right in his food. I mean, [he would] still just eat around it. But this guy will eat anything. He loves it. So...I haven't tried it, but it seems like it's very palatable. So, he really loves it. Literally, if I tear open the wrapper, he will come flying in, and he will sit and look at me because he knows. And he's like, "I love that."
Bill Carter, DVM: He's like, "Did you say Credelio?"
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Well, this, this has been wonderful, my friends, too. I really want to thank you all so much. This has been really fantastic [and] eye opening. We want to thank you for tuning in. And we also want to give a big thank you to our friends at Elanco Animal Health for supporting this discussion on behalf of the dvm360® team and myself, Adam Christman, thank you so much for joining us today and we'll see you next time. Take care.