Features September 2012 Issue

How to Get Your Dog to Take His Pills

It doesn’t seem like it should be difficult to get a couple of little pills in a hungry dog, but if he has been on medication for an extended time, he may have developed extreme pill-avoidance techniques.

How to Get Your Dog to Take His Pills

How to get medication into your pill-weary dog.

My Border Collie Daisy trained for the world record in the “hack put” event. This soon-to-be Olympic sport involves hacking pills from the back of the throat as far as possible across the room. Her record is 1.2 meters, even after a time delay of about two minutes following pill administration. Most of us are familiar with the tried and true ways of administering pills to our dogs – hiding them in food such as cream cheese or braunschweiger or vanilla ice cream, or using commercial products such as Pill Pockets. When my dog progressed to the end stage of her cancer disease, I found I had to approach giving medications a little differently; the usual methods ceased working.

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