How to Give a Dog a Pill
| October 9th, 2009

How to Give a Dog a Pill

How to Give a Dog a Pill

How to Give a Dog a Pill

Has this ever happened to you? You need to give your dog a pill – a vitamin, heartworm, aspirin – some sort of repulsive-tasting pill. You think you’re clever. You hide it in your dog’s favorite food. Your dog happily gobbles it up. You think you’re brilliant; you’re feeling relieved. Then your dog spits out the tiny pill and trots away.

You’re genuinely perplexed. After all, your dog isn’t normally such a discriminating eater. There’s a reason why we call it “wolfing down food.” He typically buries his head in his bowl and gobbles up anything that’s managed to find its way there.

And yet, when there’s something really, truly important you want him to eat – the moment you try to give a dog medicine he suddenly becomes some kind of a gourmand. His palate sharpens and his tongue develops unprecedented dexterity. You can hide a tiny pill in a whole block of Velveeta, and yet your dog will still be like the proverbial Princess and the Pea, spitting out the nasty medicine.

We have good news. There is actually a ridiculously easy and fool-proof trick to giving pills to dogs. And we’re going to tell you how…

How to Give Pills to Dogs

Here’s what you’ll need: the pill, his favorite food, and about 15 seconds.

  1. Select your dog’s favorite food. No chintzing! Chicken, hot dogs, cheese. Whatever he goes nuts for. When in doubt, we always say go for the hot dog. They’re fine to eat straight out of the package – you don’t even have to cook them.
  2. Break the hot dog (or whatever delight you select) into five small pieces.
  3. Carefully hide the pill in one piece. Let’s call it Morsel #3.
  4. Ready? You have to act quickly. Timing is everything. Talk to your dog in a friendly, excited voice. The “we’re about to go for a walk” voice. He already knows something awesome is about to happen.
  5. Quick. Feed him Morsel #1. He’ll gobble it down. (Remember, pieces need to be small.) Quick! Don’t lose your fingers, but give him Morsel #2. Now quickly! Give him Morsel #3, right on the heels of Morsel #2.
  6. Don’t lose your pace! Now feed him Morsel #4, then Morsel #5.
  7. Success.

That’s all there is to it. You can’t fight your dog’s killer taste buds, but you can absolutely use his gluttony for deliciousness against him. A dog will root around and explore a single bite of food, but when he’s offered a rapid fire succession of treats, with the pill hidden in #3, he’ll never know what hit him!

It really is that simple. And it always works. If it doesn’t – you need to have a long talk with your dog and figure out what food he truly craves. Getting to know your dog is fun. And it gives you the upper hand when you need to give a dog medicine.

And now you know how to give a dog a pill!

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9 Responses  
Darek writes:

This worked like a charm for my Pomeranian.


Darek writes:

Worked great! Thanks!

christina writes:

Worked like a charm!!! My puppy was in pain after surgery and I could finally give her meds!

Zoom Room writes:

So delighted to hear this, Christina! We hope your puppy is all better soon!

– Your friends at the Zoom Room

K Hood writes:

Had to try this..she’s been taking the capsule everyday for months,in the middle of a peanut butter sandwich,now she’s refusing to eat even the sandwich.. hope this dogs here we come.

Molly writes:

All the information is very useful unless you have a dog like mine who changes his mind about what he likes, frequently.

Chicken is wonderful but not today. Liver is wonderful but not today. When my food order has been deliverd I’m going to try the next one, hot dogs. Oh and by the way chicken is preferable when cooked with peppers. Sheesh!

Amy Shank writes:

Excellent tip!!!! THANK YOU! We will definitely use this if we have to give any of our Game Time dog service clients medicine when we are sitting.

Margot writes:

My dog is almost 14 and has always been a very lazy eater. Since he’s been a puppy he has always been able to sense when we try to give him medicine, no matter how we try and disguise it. He runs away from us. Now we need to get him to take medicine for arthritis in his legs and having a difficult time getting it into him. Any suggestions?

Ron writes:

What if your dog’s favorite food is beef or duck Jerky?

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