Having trouble getting your dog to take a pill?
This seems to be a problem for most dog owners. How many times have you tried to hide a pill in some food only to have your dog, masterfully, eat the food and spit out the pill? Or try to trick your dog into enjoying a treat and they hide, because they know it’s a ruse?
This happens time and time again. So, what is the best way to get a dog to take a pill? That is the million dollar question.
How to get a dog to take a pill?
So we’ve been instructed by our veterinarian that our dog needs to take medication to guard against heart worms. Ok. No big deal. My dog needs some medication for her long term health. But, here is where the stress kicks in. I know my dog hates to take pills. So, in order to get my dog to take a pill I’ll have to do a magic act.
I could shove the pill into a piece of food, perhaps a hot dog. Easy enough to hide it in. That didn’t work! She spit it out. What next? Ok. I’ve got it. I’ll crush up the pill and mix it in peanut butter. And now she has suddenly disappeared and will have nothing to do with the peanut butter. Ugh! What next?
I’ll put it in her mouth and hold her muzzle until she has no choice but to swallow it. No. I hate the thought of that. And I don’t want to make her afraid of me.
A conversation with my vet.
Vet: “Have you tried pill pockets?”
Me: “I’ve never heard of them.”
Vet: “A lot of dogs love them. They’re basically a treat and they’re make it easy to put the pill into it. They’re made by Greenies. All the pets stores will have them.”
Me: “Mya seems to know we’re tricking her. She’ll probably spit it out.”
Vet: “Give it a try. They’re made with ingredients dogs are used to. Give her a little piece to try it. And
then give her the other piece with the pill in it.”
Me: “Ok. What do we have to lose?”
Vet: “Good luck!
We are very conscious about giving Mya “human food” and like most dogs, if given the choice, that is all she would eat. (Especially bacon and steak.) I have tried giving her pills with those foods. Somehow she is able to spit the pill out or she’ll apprehensively eat it if the pill is crushed and mixed in. Even though crushing the pill and mixing it in food usually works. It’s a pain and I’d rather not do it.
So we tried the Pill Pockets. We started by giving her a little piece. “Mya, want a treat?” (Of course she did.) Now for the moment of truth…My wife inserted the pill into the Pill Pocket and without hesitation Mya took the “treat.”
The Moment of Truth…
As you can see. Mya was eager to eat the pill pocket. And guess what! There was no pill spit out onto the ground. Pill taken, without force, or a trick. It really couldn’t have gone any easier.
I know this may sound like an infomercial about Greenies Pill Pockets. But, I’m just trying to let you know there are alternatives out there to help you give your dog their medication. This is a product that really works for us.
What works for you? Drop a comment below. I would love to hear from you!