Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

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Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by brdhntr » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:31 pm

What works for you?

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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by Ditch__Parrot » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:41 pm

Scunching up a slice of cheese around the pill has worked in the past for me.

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Post by mcbosco » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:44 pm

a piece of fresh liver works too, just push the pill in

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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by Brittguy » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:47 pm

Put the pill as far back on the tongue as I can then hold the muzzle shut while stroking the throat. If a dog happens to give my wife a hard time she will hold the muzzle and blow into the nostrils after she has tried the first method.

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Post by phermes1 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 2:47 pm

I open their mouth, shove the pill in way in the back, then hold their mouth closed with their nose pointing up until they swallow.
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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by birddogger » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:15 pm

Brittguy wrote:Put the pill as far back on the tongue as I can then hold the muzzle shut while stroking the throat. If a dog happens to give my wife a hard time she will hold the muzzle and blow into the nostrils after she has tried the first method.
Works for me.

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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by big steve46 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 8:29 pm

A small amt of raw hamburger made into a ball with the pill in the middle. They always gobble it right down.
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Post by Fireside » Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:29 pm

Sadie__Marie wrote:Scunching up a slice of cheese around the pill has worked in the past for me.
I dont think I have EVER had this method fail... used it on a lot of dogs and they have all snarfed it down. Use american or velveeta cheese

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Post by Bird Dog 67 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:50 am

Sadie__Marie wrote:Scunching up a slice of cheese around the pill has worked in the past for me.

Yep!

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Post by Boomer » Wed Sep 09, 2009 7:56 am

Greenies Pill Pocketts.... Got one dog that the cheeze trick doesnt work on.... the pill pocketts never fail

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Post by SubMariner » Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:05 am

Fireside wrote:
Sadie__Marie wrote:Scunching up a slice of cheese around the pill has worked in the past for me.
I dont think I have EVER had this method fail... used it on a lot of dogs and they have all snarfed it down. Use american or velveeta cheese
<lol> Well, Zio has gotten wise to this delivery system. :twisted: He very carefully eats the cheese & leaves the pills. Leftover lunchmeat seems to work. Failing that, the "push back in the throat, hold the muzzle closed & stroke the throat" method seems to work. Especially when followed by "good boy" and a couple of his favourite mini-biscuits. ;)
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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by jsd245 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:32 pm

Peanut Butter. Works every time for every dog I've had.

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Post by wems2371 » Wed Sep 09, 2009 8:55 pm

My gsps are able to pick pills out of anything. So I either crush the pill with a pill grinder and mix it with a dab of moist food......or I use a pill syringe that my vet gave me. It's like a $3 gizmo where you put the pill in a soft rubber applicator and push the syringe when you get the tip/pill where you want it. It's pretty quick and simple, especially if you're giving meds for an extended period of time.

This is similar to mine.
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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by lightonthebay » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:27 pm

I work on their natural desire to "wolf" food down when the opportunity presents itself. Put the pill in the treat of your choice and have another treat without the pill in your hand -- give them the pill-filled treat first and then immediately present the non-tainted treat for their insatiable appetite. They will "wolf" the first piece down so that they can consume the second piece as soon as it is offered. If you have a dog that is too dainty for this trick then it must be gay.

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Post by Dobe » Fri Sep 11, 2009 1:25 pm

I use Bil-Jac treats or hotdogs.

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Post by GSPVIZ » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:12 am

My one dog will eat pills as if they are treats. The other will eat right around it in the dog food bowl. I have tried cheese, bread, and even peanut butter (he licks the pb off).

So I open his mouth, shove it to the far back of his throat and that's it.

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Post by GSPoindexter » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:39 am

phermes1 wrote:I open their mouth, shove the pill in way in the back, then hold their mouth closed with their nose pointing up until they swallow.
I use this method, just have to wash the saliva off your thumb.

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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by Greg Jennings » Fri Sep 25, 2009 8:49 am

jsd245 wrote:Peanut Butter. Works every time for every dog I've had.
That's what I do. I just put the pill in a glob of peanut butter and let the dog lick it off the knife, finger or whatever. Never fails.

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Post by Sharon » Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:22 am

brdhntr wrote:What works for you?
Just like Permes 1 and Brittguy - git her done, forget the peanut butter :)
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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by birddog1968 » Fri Sep 25, 2009 6:43 pm

me too back of the throat and hold muzzle closed gently until they stick their tongue out....gone.


In the past we used a wad of butter....it slides right down.
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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by windswept » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:33 am

I give the dog a sniff of a treat, stuff the pill way back into the throat then quickly give him the treat. Works for me.

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Re: Tricks for getting a dog to take a pill.

Post by Shadow » Sat Sep 26, 2009 9:50 am

since I'm usually opening their mouths to take something it's no big issue to open their mouths and push a pill into the backs of their throats-

question- if you are doing more than one dog and putting it in peanut butter or something- what do you do when you see a pill on the floor/ground

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