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What is a Pill Shooter or Pet Pill Gun?

December 25, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Cat Health and Cat Care, Cat Medications, General Dog Health, Pet Medications, Pet Pill Shooters, Pet Products

Creative Pet Products Bullseye Pill Gun for Pets, available for $7.99 at PetSmart. (Click to Learn More or Purchase)

Pill shooters, also known as a pet pill guns, are very helpful when it comes to giving pet medication to a dog or cat. Wondering “What is a pill gun?” or “How do you use a pill shooter?”

What Is a Pet Pill Shooter or Pill Gun?

A pill gun is a plastic syringe, with a pill holder located in the tip. You can use the pill shooter to give pet vitamins or pet medications in pill or capsule form.

It’s a great tool for pets who don’t want to take their medication! Using a pill gun, you’ll avoid sticking your hand in the dog’s or cat’s mouth, so it’s less intrusive for the animal  (thereby making the pet medicating process less unpleasant for the cat or dog.)


Using a pill gun will also reduce your chances of sustaining a dog bite or cat bite, since you’re not sticking your fingers inside the pet’s mouth. Accidental cat and dog bites are fairly common as an owner is trying to give a pill, since the pet is more apt to snap his jaws closed in an attempt to avoid the medication.

How to Use a Pill Gun to Give a Pill to a Dog or Cat

Use a pill shooter to give a pill to a dog or cat by following these steps:

  1. Withdraw the plunger and place the pill in the tip of the pill shooter.
  2. Grasp the dog’s/cat’s jaw, with your fingers at the corners of the mouth. Apply a slight bit of pressure; this will cause the dog/cat to open his mouth.
  3. Place the pill shooter in the pet’s mouth, with the tip pointed at the back of the mouth/throat and depress the plunger to release the pill.
  4. Immediately close the dog’s/cat’s mouth and gently pet from the chin to the neck to promote swallowing.
  5. Give the cat/dog a treat as a reward.  Offering a pet treat will make the pet associate the medicating experience with something positive, thereby making the pet less resistant to taking pills in the future.

Pictured: Creative Pet Products Bullseye Pill Gun for Pets, available for $7.99 at PetSmart. (Click Image to Learn More or Purchase)

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