Condo Blues: How to Give a Dog a Pill

Thursday, March 31, 2011

How to Give a Dog a Pill

A Facebook friend asked how to give a dog a pill so the dog doesn't spit it out. I have a sure fired way to give a dog a pill so the pills gets into the dog every time! I made a quick YouTube video for her.

Welcome to my very first vlog starring Blitzkrieg! Oh, and me. But I know you are really here to watch Blitzkrieg .He's the real star of the show.

My apologies for the video quality. I used my Webcam to shoot it and that's as in focus as the focus ring goes. Does anyone have a suggestion for a better web cam?

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Mary said...

Blitzkrieg is so flippin' cute! He really upstaged you with that high five - he couldn't wait to get his treat!

Jenn said...

I found that if I use crunchy peanut butter, the dog doesn't know what chunk is the pill and swallows all of it. The tip of the finger thing is practiced here, too.

I'll remember canned cheese if he ever turns up his nose at the peanut butter!

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Jenn - Blitzkrieg says he'll take that jar of peanut butter off your hands if your dog ever turns his nose up at it. Blitzkrieg's just trying to help.

Dragonfly said...

I know you said its hard to get a slice of cheese around a pill, but I still have to share my method, since it doesn't use nearly as much food - less calories, less chance for your pup to gain weight!

Whenever my dog growing up needed pills, which became a daily thing after a certain point, we used a cube of soft cheese - American cheese, Cheddar, if its soft, its good. Shove the pill in it, then wrap the cheese in a piece of deli meat. The dog would get so excited over the meat that he'd eat it all, without investigating for a pill.

Also, I've noticed that many pet sections carry meat-flavored pill pockets, they're small, soft dog treats in the shape of a cup that you place your pill in, pinch the top closed, and then feed your dog. These can be split up for smaller pills, but still may be expensive.

Callie said...

I don't have a problem with cheese slices. I have to give my cranky 12 year old pomeranian an antihistamine often and all i do is take half a slice of Kraft singles (or usually store brand!) and mush it around the pill till it makes a nice little cheese ball. He gobbles it up with nary a complaint. I suspect that if he ever stopped to chew his food fully he might discover the pill.

Robj98168 said...

I have no problem with romeo - as long as the pill is wrapped in anything edible. Romeo id easily fooled. The advantage to the canned cheese would be cost.

Lisa Nelsen-Woods said...

Dragonfly - Thanks for the tip! Blitzkrieg can't have the pill pockets. The ones at our pet store have wheat or corn in them. He's allergic to both.

I should've mentioned that I normally don't use that much squeeze cheese when I give Blitzkrieg pills. That's why he was SO excited during the video. I was being an overindulgent dog mom. It happens sometimes :)

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