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What’s the best way to give my dog a pill?

Getting your pooch to take medicine prescribed by your veterinarian can be tricky, but there are some ways to get the medicine down the hatch more easily. Next time you have to give your pet a pill, try one or more of these proven methods:

  • Crush the pill and stir in with food or a treat. Ask your vet before doing this to be sure it won't interfere with how the medicine works.
  • Coat the pill with butter, cream cheese, or peanut butter to make it slide down easily.
  • Ask your veterinarian about a pill pusher or a pill gun.
  • Look for a new product called pill pockets. These are soft and hollow treats that are designed with a pocket that conceals the medicine.
  • Just like fruit-flavored aspirin or vitamins now available for children, pills and liquids can be flavored by pharmacists to taste like your pup's favorite meat. Just ask your pharmacist.

  • If your dog is sick and not eating, try holding your pet in a towel, cradled like a baby, or straddle him from behind. Flick the pill to the back of its throat. Then rub his throat, an action that will urge him to swallow.

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