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How to Trick Your Dog into Taking A Pill

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If you have ever had a dog that needed medicine, you can appreciate how difficult it is to give pills to someone who doesn't want to take them. If the medicine is not available in liquid form and your dog really resents your attempts at trying to force a pill down his throat, consider hiding the pill in a special treat. For many dogs, the treat is just so tempting that they readily swallow it, along with the medicine.

Some common foods to hide pills in include:
  • Cheese
  • Cream cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Piece of hot dog
  • Braunschweiger
  • Big marshmallows
  • Bread – mash around the pill
  • Canned cat food (just enough to cover the pill)
  • Canned dog food formed into a little meatball
  • Bologna

    Another option would be to ask your veterinarian if the medication is available in a flavored form. Some pharmacies can add certain flavors to encourage your dog to want to take his medicine. If none of these work, contact your veterinarian. The medication is likely very important and your veterinarian can help determine other alternatives.

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