Giving a dog a pill can be tricky. It’s not like you can rationalize with your lovely little pet. And you can’t even bribe them the traditional way. So you need to be creative when giving a dog, or cat even, a pill. Here are some tips to make the process go a little easier.
How to Give a Dog A Pill: Remember the Size
This may seem obvious, but remember not to give a dog too big of a pill. This can be a chocking hazard for your pet. And if you are giving your dog a pill without the help of your vet (as in giving them a Benadryl), you could be giving them too much medicine.
Invest in a pill cutter. A pill cutter can reduce the strain of giving your dog medicine. You can give the pet the right dose of medicine. You can also hide the pill easier when it is smaller. And hiding a pill in food is important.
How to Give a Dog a Pill: Use His Dinner
Hiding a pill in food is the easiest way to give a dog a medicine. Most dogs gobble up food without even thinking about it, so you will have lots of options to try. The easiest way is to mix the pill into their regular food. Some dogs will eat the pill when they eat the food. But this method isn’t guaranteed. A lot of times, the dog will be able to smell the pill. The dog will then usually eat around it. If the dog doesn’t normally eat all his food at once, it can be hard to make sure he is going to eat the pill at the right time.
How to Give a Dog A Pill: Using Treats
If you have a picky dog, try wrapping the pill into a food that can be given as a treat. Think about using cheese to wrap around the pill. Cheese is malleable, and can wrap and stick to pills with ease. All you have to do is warm the cheese in your hands and wrap it around the pill. This method takes a little practice, but most dogs love it.
If this isn’t working for you, because your dog is either eating around the cheese or the cheese is falling off, try cream cheese. Cream cheese is gooey enough to completely cover the pill and hide its sent. Wrap the cream cheese covered pill in a small amount of lunch meat and your dog will eat it right up! I like using cream cheese better than peanut butter for this, because it makes the dog less thirsty.
I hope these tips help make giving your pet medicine a little more manageable. Your dog’s health is important!