Getting Your Dog to Swallow a Pill

Do you own a dog? If you’ve ever had to give your canine companion a pill, you know it can be much easier said than done. Below, a vet in Folsom, CA offers a few helpful tips for getting your dog to swallow his medication.

Hide Pill in Food

Is your dog the type to gobble up whatever morsel is placed in front of him? Use this to your advantage. Try stuffing your dog’s pill into the center of a glob of soft dog food, a soft dog treat, or inside a roll of lean deli meat. With luck, your pooch will eat the tasty treat without ever realizing there was medication inside! Always check with your vet to make sure that your dog’s pill can be taken with food.

Tossing Trick

If your dog is talented at catching treats in mid-air, use this for quick pill administration. Toss your pooch a few dog treats, then the pill, then another treat. If you do it quickly enough and your dog isn’t on top of his game, he won’t notice that one of the “treats” wasn’t a treat at all!

Crushing or Grinding

In some instances, you can crush or grind up a pill, allowing you to sprinkle it over your dog’s food or stir it into his meals. Always give your veterinarian a call to make sure this is safe before doing so, though—some medications will be made ineffective when ground up. Even more worrisome, your dog’s medication may be designed to be released into his system gradually; when a pill is ground, it might introduce too much medication at once!

Chewable Pills

Did you know that some medications for dogs now come in chewable varieties? These “pills” are made to feel and taste just like any normal dog treat, enticing most of our canine companions into gobbling them right up. Ask your vet if any of your dog’s medications happen to come in chewable versions.

Manual Administration

If the above methods don’t work, you’ll have to give Fido his pill manually. Have another family member secure your dog so that both of your hands are free to work. Gently pry open your dog’s jaws, drop the pill in the mouth, then hold your pooch’s jaws shut. Massage the throat to stimulate swallowing.

Need help administering your dog’s medication? Call your Folsom, CA vet’s office. We’re here for you!

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