Your dog or cat may be the smartest in the world, but good luck trying to convince your pet that swallowing a nasty-tasting pill will make it better.

One time-tested trick is to simply hide the medication in the pet’s favourite food or a specially prepared treat. This works nearly every time for dogs, who tend to be voracious eaters and swallow their food in large pieces. A tasty bit of pate is a surefire delivery method.

For cats, notoriously finnicky eaters, owners must reach a little deeper into their bag of tricks. With pate, most cats would either lick the meat away and leave the pill, or simply stay far away from anything that tastes or smells different, pet experts say.

To outfox the cat’s sense of smell, they recommend cutting the pill up into tiny pieces and mixing it evenly into the animal’s food.

Dosing your pets is slightly easier when the medication is a paste or in drops. Cat owners can take advantage of their pet’s tendency towards cleanliness and put said medication on its fur. The best spot is the front paws, which the cat will quickly lick clean, explains the association. – dpa