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Top 10 Ways to Give Your Pet a Pill

Top 10 Ways to Give Your Pet a Pill

“Dog food gone. Pill remains. Is Sanchez the only dog who does this?” I posted that on Facebook, and fans chimed in with very helpful and funny comments. Here are my favorites:

Helpful comments:

  • In a hotdog
  • In a piece of cheese
  • In liverwurst
  • In cream cheese
  • Wrap it in bacon and drop it on the floor
  • Put it in peanut butter on a spoon and turn the spoon upside down for them to lick off
  • In pill pockets
  • In a raw hamburger
  • In a spoonful of hummus–just the right consistency for no spitting
  • Hide it in a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for dogs and most love it.

Humorous comments:

  • My dogs could find pills in a volcano
  • My greyhound, Willow, hides them in her cheek and then spits them under the sofa when I am out of the room.
  • My dog, Gopher, could eat the peanut butter and spit out the pill. When he was young, he once had a bout of vomiting so I tried to feed him plain cooked white rice. He wouldn’t eat it. So I added 3 kibbles and mixed it into the cup of rice to entice him. He ate the three kibbles and left all the rice. And that was my highly food motivated dog.
  • I take them to the table with me and my dinner and act as though they are getting something very special from me. I wrap it in cheese, cream cheese, liver sausage or stuff in a chicken liver. They gobble it down and don’t even know that I just fooled them.
  • It is an amazing talent – I have done the spoon but I am running out of them!
  • My cats and horses do that too!
  • My Boston Terrier, Dixie, used to do this. She also was able to eat a bowl of beef stew and leave the peas untouched at the bottom of the bowl.
  • Mine do this too! Mostly I find pills all around the house too!
  • My dog instinctively knows if there is a pill in his food. He has learned that mommy is trying to poison him if I offer him a pill pocket.
  • Mine will do that if I don’t get them excited about the small price of food with the treat in it. I do some circle work in the kitchen and then they think it is their reward.

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Lisa Spector

Lisa Spector is a concert pianist, Juilliard graduate, and canine music expert. She is co-founder of Through a Dog's Ear, the first music clinically demonstrated to calm the canine nervous system. Their new high-tech pet gadget, iCalmDog, is the portable solution to canine anxiety. Lisa shares her home and her heart with her two "career change" Labrador Retrievers from Guide Dogs for the Blind, Sanchez and Gina. Follow Lisa's blog here.


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11:06AM PST on Dec 4, 2014

When one of our cats is sick enough to require a pill, he/she is not eating anything. So, food treats are pointless. It takes two people to speak in soothing tones, lots of petting and massage and creating a calm and relaxed setting for the pill to be pushed beyond the cat's cheek and gums. Praying helps! Sometimes I ask Jesus to make my hands His own and to get the pill down safely and comfortably.

9:40AM PDT on Jul 2, 2014

I make them think it is a treat. Usually in a spoonful of liverwurst. I take the pill, put it in a ball of liverwurst, make several more balls. Usually it is in the first one I give them. Followed by several more in rapid succession. Works every time. Leaves them wanting more. Next dose is twice as easy.

12:26AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

There are some helpful videos online for this specific 'task'. So far I have found that the the pill dispenser (looks like a pair of scissors) has worked best.

12:11AM PDT on Jun 30, 2014

Thanks for the other ideas! I thought I was a terrible mommy because I couldn't get one of my cats to take her medicine! Now, I know I am not alone!

2:42PM PDT on Apr 29, 2014

This is a VERY useful article .. thanks A LOT!!! :)

5:18AM PDT on Apr 28, 2014

Giving pills to my cat Sasha is absolutely impossible.Have tried crushing it in her food but she takes one sniff and turns away.Have tried pill poppers but she keeps her mouth so tightly closed it`s impossible to find even a minute gap.So basically I`ve given up.

5:04AM PDT on Apr 22, 2014

Dominique - your post made me smile. One of my Boxers was virtually impossible to give a pill to. Wrapping it in cheese worked for a while, but she worked it out very quickly and she became adept at sucking the cheese off and spitting the pill out! And like your Boxer, if she saw me put the pill in there, the cheese could just sit there and she wouldn't touch it :-)

7:42PM PDT on Apr 21, 2014

I have a cat that my vet couldn't even get a pill into. She is simply pill proof. I've tried everything. Tried pill pockets and even tried crushing it into a powder and putting it into a teaspoon of tuna with the tuna juice in there too. She sniffed it and walked away!!! But yet she will let me give her an IV of 10 cc's of Plasma Lyte every day without a problem. Figure that one out.

3:15AM PDT on Apr 19, 2014

Giving pills to my boxer was a big problem. At the dog school, they said to wrap it in something tasty and to throw it to the dog. They tried it and what happened: my boxer followed it with her eyes and just let it falls without touching it. The only solution that worked with her was grounding the pill or opening it if it was film coated and mixing the content with her food.

6:39AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

Giving pills to my dog is no problem as long as it is wrapped in something else. Giving pills to my cats is another story. Some of them will take it readily with a pill pocket, but others want no part of it. I have tried everything. My last resort is a pill gun--I call it a pill popper. I hate to use it, but I don't know what else to do. I have one cat that will not touch wet food so crushing it and mixing it in the food is not an option for her.

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