1 Stars By christine on 2015-09-06
Do not use this pill popper. As we were ...
Do not use this pill popper. As we were giving our kitty his meds the rubber piece fell off and went down his throat and was swallowed.
1 Stars By thoughtsbecomethings on 2016-09-10
Dangerous! Do not purchase! You'll end up in vet ER
I have had this for just over 2 months, used about 4 tomes a week to administer Huey's Formula pill for cat herpes respiratory symptoms. My cat swallowed the silicone 1.4 inch tip yesterday and I had to rush her to the ER at 7:30 am. I have used it properly. It shot off the pill pusher base and she swallowed it with pill attached. Luckily, she was able to vomit it back up with prescribed medicine and she is fine but what a scare!
5 Stars By Deirdre on 2012-02-27
With a little ingenuity, best pill solution I've found for my cat
Problem: Cut a tiny white pill into exact halves. One half of pill crumbles to dust. Force other half down throat of Bengal with dagger claws. Repeat twice a day.
Result: Massive blood loss from lacerations on arms and face from aforementioned Bengal.
Solution: Order this pet piller. Order empty #4 gelatin capsules. Place pill half (or pill dust if the pill falls apart) in gel capsule. Pull back plunger. Place capsule completely inside rubber tip (again, after the plunger has already been pulled back). Cradle Bengal like baby. POP! Down her throat before she knows what is happening.
My wife and I tried several solutions before working this all out. Not only were our cat's pills tiny white things, they had to be cut in half so there was no pill popper that would effectively dispense them. We initially used pill pockets which worked well for about a week. Then our cat simply refused them, I suspect because she didn't like the taste of the medicine inside.
The gelatin caps have several benefits:
- No bad medicine taste for kitty
- Can be filled with multiple meds at once or with crumbles from failed pill cuttings
- Easy to swallow
- #4 is a perfect fit for this dispenser. Though #4 is pretty tiny, so it doesn't hold much. The pills I have are about 1/4" in width, and to fit an entire one of those into the capsule you would have to cut the pill into two pieces. I'm pretty confident larger capsule sizes would fit the piller, given the flexibility of the its rubber tip.
- The gel cap is such a tight fit that the air piston of the pill popper literally shoots the medicine down her throat. One brief swallow and she is done with minimal stress to all parties.
- Should you miss the target, an encapsulated pill is easier to locate than the tiny pill piece
As for this specific pill dispenser, the finger and thumb rings make it much easier than others to keep hold of while balancing an unhappy cat, and the rubber tip is much gentler on their mouth than a hard plastic tip. We've used this popper for a couple weeks now, twice a day, and it hasn't let us down yet.
We are happy enough with it that we went ahead and ordered a second as a backup in case the first gets misplaced.
1 Stars By Sarah Rice on 2015-05-10
VERY DANGEROUS TO CAT
VERY DANGEROUS TO CAT. It worked fine at first, but less than a month after I started using it, the silicone piece that holds the Azodyl pill, shot off with the pill, down my cat's throat and he swallowed it! I am praying I do not have to resort to surgery which will be a traumatic experience for the cat and cost me thousands of dollars. SHODDY dangerous construction. No excuse for this happening.
5 Stars By mfm420 on 2017-07-17
Best tool for getting necessary meds in aging dog
Got this for our 12+ year old Rat Terrier who is going through his first bout of diarrhea. He apparently drank some stagnant water from a bucket that was outside in the garden. Must have worked up a thirst chasing those butterflies & lizards. He chose a quick drink rather than coming back to the porch where his fresh water bowl was waiting for him. After figuring out what happened we decided to treat him for worms (bought the liquid solution this time) and sure enough out they came! We put him on the bland boiled chicken and rice diet. Since he was still experiencing loose stools and had dropped some weight, we decided on giving him a minimum dose of the Imodium by breaking the pill in half. This syringe was the perfect solution for placing the oh so tiny half pill on the back of his tongue since smothering it in butter and popping it in (our usual method) was out of the question. After the second half of the pill was given 6 hours later, he started forming soft stools the next day. Probably won't need it again so I am going to boil it (to sterilize it to avoid possible contamination) and place it in a seal a meal bag just in case we need it again!
3 Stars By Amanda Bielski-Wright on 2016-11-01
Maybe they work better on smaller dogs
I bought these hoping they would help give my dog her pills. She is near impossible to get pills down and is taking a pill twice a day for the rest of her life to help control Lupoid Onychodystrophy. No amount of using these worked. I tried repeatedly to get the pill with water from the syringe to go down her throat and she always spit the pill back up. Maybe they work better on smaller dogs, I don't know. I have a 50 pound otter hound, sharpie, border collie and cattle dog mix who has traces of a vast host of other breeds in her DNA. She is smart and stubborn and pills are something we just cannot get down her. I've resorted to crushing the pills and rolling them into canned food meatballs. It's the only thing that is consistently working.
4 Stars By Robert C. Dunn on 2017-04-11
Here Kitty Kitty!!
works as intended. Only drawback is that the very end is a little to soft and when your wrestling an uncooperative feline the pill can come out. Having said that one you get it ti just over the tongue it shoots it right in. It is made of plastic and can be damaged if you are not careful. I would bu this again, hopefully I won't have to.
1 Stars By sarabrady on 2013-07-22
Does not work for small pills
I bought this for my cats thyroid medication which are small pills that I have to cut in half and administer to him twice per day. The pills are very bitter tasting so he won't eat them in his food, and the vet cautioned that I should not handle the medication so 'popping' the pills into his throat with my fingers is not really an option.
Unfortunately, the Buster Pet Piller Syringe did not work at all. The pill sits in the soft cap and is not expelled by the plunger because of it's small size. Due to the design of this contraption, it would take a fairly sizable pill to be pushed out with sufficient force that it would 'pop' out and into the back of an animals throat. This might work for dogs that need to take large pills, but it is completely useless for any pill that would be prescribed for a cat.
5 Stars By Michael J. Jones on 2016-10-05
My cat has IBD and I have to give her a pill everyday. She is impossible to get her to take her pill. Tried breaking the pill in her food and pill pockets -nothing was working and it was getting frustrating. I started searching on the net for a better way. I saw people using a pill shooter with great success. Now I did to try to get the pill in her mouth first without the syringe but she often spit it out or I got bitten. I saw this posted on BTA-MALL and people said to use it with the gel capsules. The price was very reasonable and even after having to buy a 1000 capsules I got it delivered the same day from BTA-MALL prime. Ordered it around 12p on a Saturday and had it delivered at 7pm that night just in time to take her pill. The pill fits perfectly in the little rubber housing. Just pull back the green mechanism open her mouth and shoot straight in. Before she knew what was happening the pill was in and she swallowed. This has made this everyday chore so easy - I don't know why my Vet didn't offer this as an option.
5 Stars By Crystal H on 2016-12-21
Love the soft tip!
This is much better than the other pill syringes I've purchased in the store. The others have had hard plastic tips instead of soft silicone... this is a great improvement!
The only thing I was a little frustrated with was that I had to cut the pill in half to get it to stay properly in the tip of this one... which isn't a terrible thing, honestly. I feel that the size was probably more appropriate for administration. This product makes medicine time so much easier with my kitty!!!