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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 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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1:10AM PST on Jan 23, 2015

Thanks for sharing!

6:03PM PST on Jan 6, 2015

Nice suggestions.
I often wrap pills inside a slice of ham.

5:23PM PST on Jan 4, 2015


2:55PM PST on Jan 4, 2015

.....forgot, LucyCat needs everything to be liquid, so she actually gets her pills made into liquid by a pharmacy

2:54PM PST on Jan 4, 2015

our dogs have NOT been the problems, Mocha takes his plain, he thinks its food. Snowball used to do the peanut butter and upside down spoon.

However, our cat, Peppermint, has been known to lick off the outside "taste" and leave the pill in her dish, have had to change her pills to soft and chewy and seems to work better

11:52AM PST on Jan 4, 2015

I have heard of most of the ways with food but new to me is coconut oil

4:00PM PST on Jan 3, 2015


8:06AM PST on Jan 3, 2015


5:38PM PST on Jan 2, 2015

I find it's easier just to open their mouth, pop the pill in deep, close mouth, stroke the throat to get them to swallow. I do it quickly with no fuss and it works. If I try to hide a pill in a treat, they just spit it out.

1:25PM PST on Jan 2, 2015

oh my!!! my girls are the same way; could find a mini pill in a chicken mountain!! can't outsmart many of our furry, 4 pawed lovebugs!! I use peanut butter and a helpful nudge! thanks for the amusing article.

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Thank you for the info, love these.....just wish they were not so costly.


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