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A lot of people don't know how to give their dog medicine. It you give a dog a plain pill, they will spit it out. If you try and shove it down their throat, they will struggle and fight... But if you turn it into a tasty treat, they will be really happy to eat it!

This instructable shows how I turn my dogs pills into a special treat. I call it "the cheese method". If you don't want your dog to have cheese, other methods include: slathering it with peanut butter, serving it in a dollop of yogurt, or inserting it into a little chunk of meat. They also make a prduct called "pill pockets" that you can buy at pet stores, but they are expensive and you have to go out of your way to get them.
 
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Step 1: Gather your supplies

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You will need:
*medicine
*a piece of cheese
*a plate
*a microwave

Step 2: Prepare your ingredients

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For a smaller dog or smaller pill, you might want to use only half a slice. I have a huge dog who needed a couple pills, so I used almost a whole slice. Tear it into pieces and stack them on a plate.

Also open your pill bottles, so the medicine is ready to go.

Step 3: Melt the cheese

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Put the plate into the microwave for 10 seconds
cmunyua1 year ago
Cheddar cheese melt idea worked like a charm first time. I hope for same results tomorrow. Thanks for sharing all these creative ideas.
1337sh33p7 years ago
my dog eats the cheese and spits out the pill
shangrilarcadia (author)  1337sh33p7 years ago
Do you melt it or just wrap it? That's why I melt it - you can't eat around the pill if it's melted on.
I'm surprised the heat doesn't affect the pills
Next time he needs pills maybe ill try melting it
rws237 years ago
I use hotdogs. Just cut off a small piece and drive the pill in as deep as possible. Works every time.
WhyHello rws231 year ago
best idea :)
LasVegas7 years ago
Cheese is not good for dogs. They don't have the enzymes to handle the lactose. I use a glob of peanut butter. Not only do dogs love it, but it'd good for their coat.
shangrilarcadia (author)  LasVegas7 years ago
Yeah I know they say cheese is bad for dogs, but it's one of the only treats my dog truely enjoys, and it doesn't seem to bother her stomach. When we give her peanut butter treats she just spits them back out
+1 yeah. sorry but i give my dog what he likes, in proportion like anything but yeah. i give him cheese, chicken bones, chocolate, he even likes to chew mango seeds (weird) and he is a healthy athletic boy at 7 years
Cheese from cows has the lactose dogs don't have enzymes for. But they're suckers for goats milk which is fortunatley okay for them. I had to hand feed puppied and all the resources and vets I found and spoke to suggested a recipe containing condensed/evaporated goats milk. So I imagine cream cheese and other goat derived cheeses would be fine.
Yeah, I use peanut butter also.
Re-design4 years ago
I use mini marshmellows for my dogs and cats.  It works.
:O
lwbrown2 years ago
So what the heck do I do with liquid meds?!? He goes berserk as soon as he sees the syringe...
blindfold. Sorry no i have no idea. other than...duct tape. Or in reality taking him for a long walk so he's pooped and easier to manage
ilpug lwbrown2 years ago
Mix them with chicken broth.
I always use peanut butter to give my dogs their meds. I place the pill inside and even though they know the pill is there, they just keep licking. I would assume you could mix the liquid in with some peanut butter. At least that's what I would try.
Neon Panda2 years ago
Sorry, I can't help myself- Your dog is just to cute! How old is he?
I have a 3 year old Rhodesian Ridgeback who is snoring away right next to me :)

Great tutorial. Very clever ^_^ xox
zaqwaxcedas6 years ago
i know dawgs cant eat chocolate just wanna know if dawgs can eat cheese
no dairy, no pork, no nuts, no chocolate, no grapes/raisins for dogs as they're all toxic to their systems in various ways, some more serious than others. I don't take my own advice though as my Munsterlander loves cheese so she always gets a little when I have it - with no visible ill effects. Chocolate contains Theobromine which is poisonous to dogs which increases urination and can affect the central nervous system, as well as the heart. A large dog that eats a square of milk chocolate may go unaffected while a small dog that gets at a pound of plain chocolate under the Christmas tree may be dead by morning. A large dog that gets a square a dqy for years will suffer too as I understand it. Keep dogs and cats away from some plants too - take a look at this list I googled for. http://mistyhorizon2003.hubpages.com/hub/Houseplants-Poisonous-to-your-Cats
zack attack3 years ago
its easier to get a spoonfull of peanutbutter, stick in the pill, then feed.
My vet gives medicine that is already in a treat like mixture. Whenever he hears me getting one, he races over.
John Smith7 years ago
Reminds me of this. (read ALL of it)
lol
HAHAHAHA NICE
Ha I haven't seen "How to give a cat a pill" since '97 ,ever read "Dogs in elk"?
What part does the fortune cookie play in this process?
that fortune cookie is printed on the plate if you look closely, you can see the reflection of the flash
zaqwaxcedas6 years ago
wait wait wait dogs can eat cheese!?
Yes, of course! You must be thinking of chocolate, thats the no-no food for dogs.
Kayjay6 years ago
i just put the pill on the back of our dogs tongue and hold its mouth shut and gently rub its throat about 9/10 times it will go down
jumboto7 years ago
You have inspired me to create a reply instructable! Check it out!
crapflinger7 years ago
i don't even melt the cheese...i just fold the cheese in half twice (to make 4 slices of cheese)and make a little pill sammich...
dacker7 years ago
I have to give my Golden Retriever a couple pills every day for allergies and have used a similar method. At first, I put the pills inside a marshmallow, but she seemed to get bored of that. I then put a little PB on the marshmallow and she did not get bored, but I got tired of the two-step process. Currently, I grab about one-third of the half-stale heel of bread on the end of the loaf, place the pills on it, fold it over, and squish it onto a blob. I never have a problem!
Yeah this is what I do with my dog too, I don't even waste my time with the microwave I just buy that cheep plastic wrap nasty "cheese" and it is like playdough, lol
JakeTobak7 years ago
I do the same thing but with cream cheese or whipped cream cheese.