Ways to Give a Pill to a Dog

Introduction:Giving a pill to a dog can be quite challenging depending on both the dog or the pill. I have dogs who will eat their pills right in their daily food and others that have to be babied to swallow the smallest pill. The below ways are the best ways I've found to get a dog to take a pill.

  • 01

    Wrap the Dog Medication In Peanut Butter

    Peanut butter is pretty irresistible to most dogs so take just a bit on your finger and stick the pill to it. Create a little ball of peanut butter and just hand it to Fido. He should gobble it down with no problem.

  • 02

    Wrap the Pill In Cheese

    This one is a bit trickier as, if you have to give your dog pills frequently, he or she might catch on. Just wrap the dog's pill in a bit of american cheese (it's best to use as it's soft). Give the dog a few dummy bites of cheese without the pill and then slip the pill in. Follow quickly with another innocent bites of cheese. He'll never know.

  • 03

    Use a Commercial Pill Pocket to Give Dog Medication

    These seem like a bit of overkill to me when peanut butter and cheese is readily available but there are pill pockets on the market (see the link in the supporting article section below). They come in different flavors such as beef and chicken which mimic dog treats. Just insert the pill and feed it to your dog.

  • 04

    Put the Pill Right In the Dog Food

    My 3-legged dog will eat anything out of his food bowl so I just drop in his daily pills and he's happy. This might not work for all dogs though. You'll probably be more successful with this method if you feed wet food (which I don't). You can also try to slip it in a soft dog treat.

  • 05

    Push It to the Back of His Mouth

    If your dog is having surgery and can't have food prior but needs a pill, this is the only method you have. Open the dog's mouth wide and place the pill on the back of his or her tongue. Close the mouth and gently stroke the underside of the throat. This will cause the dog to swallow and the pill should go down. Always check though by looking in the dog's mouth to make sure the dog's medication was swallowed.




Final Thoughts

Depending on the dog, one of the above methods should work to give a dog medication. I have 6 dogs so I use many different methods depending on who's up for a pill.


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