3 Ways to Get Your Dog to Take His Medicine and Pills
Yes, just like some of us, dogs can hate taking medicines and pills. If you are struggling through a titanic battle to get your dogs to take his medicine (i.e. your dog just spits it out) then here are some tips to do it without a struggle.
Mix the Pills With the Dog’s Favorite Treat
You can always entice the dog to take his medication by mixing it in with his favorite treat. This may also dilute the bad taste that comes with some dog medications so your dog would be less likely to spit them out. The first step is to feed your dog some ‘unbaited’ soft treats so he isn’t overly suspicious about what you will do next. Once he is happily chomping on the ‘unbaited’ treats, you can pass him a ‘baited’ treat.
One soft treat that may work well is string cheese. Make sure your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, and when you feed the cheese, do so in small amounts. You should also find a low-fat version if available. You could also try xylitol-free peanut butter as an alternative.
Use Food-Flavored Medicine Capsules
Yes, there are dog treats specifically designed for helping your dog take his pills. Greenies Pill Pocket, for example, comes with an enticing hickory-smoke flavor treat where medicine capsules can be easily inserted without falling off.
These natural food pouches will make medicine-taking a positive experience for your dog and you will never have to worry about him spitting out the pills again. These pill pockets come in a variety of flavor so pick one that you know your dog absolutely loves.
Make the Dog Lick the Pill
Another simple method is to get your dog to unintentionally lick the medicine pills. This will only work for pills that can be crushed to powder form. First, turn the pill into powder then mix it in with some xylitol-free peanut butter. Next, smear a bit of the mixed peanut butter to a part of his body which he can easily lick such as his nose. The enticing smell of the peanut butter will get your dog to lick instantly without realizing the pills mixed within it.