Introduction: Give Your Dog Medicine Without a Fuss

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.

Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

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

Step 2: Prepare Your Ingredients

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

Put the plate into the microwave for 10 seconds

Step 4: Add the Pills and Form the Cheese Balls

Put the pills in the middle of the melted cheese pile, and scoop the cheese from the edges up and over it. Roll it into a ball like you would do with cookie dough or meatballs.

By now your dog will be anticipating a treat and waiting eagerly for it

Step 5: Give Your Dog the Cheeseball

Feed the cheese ball to your dog. Now you have a happy healthy dog.

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desertdce made it!(author)2016-02-22

It worked! I was afraid that he would spit out the pill, but he ate the whole thing in one gulp. Thanks!

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cmunyua made it!(author)2013-08-18

Cheddar cheese melt idea worked like a charm first time. I hope for same results tomorrow. Thanks for sharing all these creative ideas.

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1337sh33p made it!(author)2007-08-07

my dog eats the cheese and spits out the pill

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shangrilarcadia made it!(author)2007-08-07

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.

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WhyHello made it!(author)2013-06-28

I'm surprised the heat doesn't affect the pills

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1337sh33p made it!(author)2007-08-08

Next time he needs pills maybe ill try melting it

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rws23 made it!(author)2007-08-15

I use hotdogs. Just cut off a small piece and drive the pill in as deep as possible. Works every time.

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WhyHello made it!(author)2013-06-28

best idea :)

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LasVegas made it!(author)2007-08-06

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.

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shangrilarcadia made it!(author)2007-08-06

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

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WhyHello made it!(author)2013-06-28

+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

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AubreeMarie made it!(author)2008-08-18

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.

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Ferrite made it!(author)2007-08-06

Yeah, I use peanut butter also.

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Re-design made it!(author)2009-10-22

I use mini marshmellows for my dogs and cats.  It works.

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WhyHello made it!(author)2013-06-28

:O

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lwbrown made it!(author)2012-04-01

So what the heck do I do with liquid meds?!? He goes berserk as soon as he sees the syringe...

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WhyHello made it!(author)2013-06-28

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

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ilpug made it!(author)2012-05-31

Mix them with chicken broth.

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allenamistral made it!(author)2012-04-22

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.

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Neon+Panda made it!(author)2011-10-06

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

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zaqwaxcedas made it!(author)2008-09-04

i know dawgs cant eat chocolate just wanna know if dawgs can eat cheese

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rlove4 made it!(author)2011-09-02

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

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zack+attack made it!(author)2011-07-14

its easier to get a spoonfull of peanutbutter, stick in the pill, then feed.

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That+One+Eegit made it!(author)2011-07-10

My vet gives medicine that is already in a treat like mixture. Whenever he hears me getting one, he races over.

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John+Smith made it!(author)2007-08-05

Reminds me of this. (read ALL of it)

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Sandisk1duo made it!(author)2009-05-26

lol

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tipsychimp made it!(author)2007-08-05

HAHAHAHA NICE

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Tool+Using+Animal made it!(author)2007-08-05

Ha I haven't seen "How to give a cat a pill" since '97 ,ever read "Dogs in elk"?

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StrangeRover made it!(author)2008-05-29

What part does the fortune cookie play in this process?

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Sandisk1duo made it!(author)2009-05-26

that fortune cookie is printed on the plate if you look closely, you can see the reflection of the flash

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zaqwaxcedas made it!(author)2008-05-20

wait wait wait dogs can eat cheese!?

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Rokko8652 made it!(author)2008-07-17

Yes, of course! You must be thinking of chocolate, thats the no-no food for dogs.

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Kayjay made it!(author)2007-12-12

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

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jumboto made it!(author)2007-08-06

You have inspired me to create a reply instructable! Check it out!

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crapflinger made it!(author)2007-08-06

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...

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dacker made it!(author)2007-08-05

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!

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TheCheese9921 made it!(author)2007-08-05

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

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JakeTobak made it!(author)2007-08-05

I do the same thing but with cream cheese or whipped cream cheese.

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