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My dog knows the difference between cheese and a pill. One is for eating and one is for spitting out. This is a short instructable that shows a technique I've developed to quickly and easily feed my dog multiple pills at the scheduled times without muss or fuss.

After many dogs and many tricks I've discovered what others also know, whatever you wrap the pill in the dog will find the pill, separate it from the food, swallow the food and spit out the pill. Or the struggle of forcing the dog's mouth open, shoving in the pill and holding it shut hoping the dog will swallow the pill.

Sucks for me, sucks for the dawg....

On the following pages I'll show you a simple, foolproof method to get medicine into your dog using a common decorative kitchen item and a household staple that dogs love.




Step 1: Bill of Materials

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What you'll need

Step 2: About the Mortar and Pestle

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A mortar and pestle are different from a bowl and a spoon. If you look closely at the bottom of both pieces you'll see they have been carefully roughened to provide a uniform surface for fine grinding of powders.

Other techniques can be used such as a bowl and a spoon, this can work well for soft chewable tablets but hard coated tablets can be more difficult.

 
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jsholloman11 months ago
Grind the pills and mix them in with Vanilla Ice cream, works better than all the suggestions. A pill crusher can be purchased at any pharmacy.
ikestarm175 years ago
Why go through all that instead of just putting it in the back of their throat and holding their mouth closed while rubbing their neck until they swallow it? That's what I do, but you guys always have to do it the hard way, huh?
fweber1 ikestarm1711 months ago
I would like to see you try that technique with a Boston Terrier or other breed with a short snout. It ain't gonna happen.
egbertfitzwilly (author)  ikestarm175 years ago
It seems to me that  holding the dog down to force a pill into its mouth and holding the jaws shut while the pet chokes down the pill isn't easier (for either party) than feeding it peanut butter.

I don't know what breed you have but Casey can hold the pill in her mouth while swallowing repeatedly.

Over the last 40 years I have about a half dozen dogs, some would swallow pills in cheese or meat, some would not. All dogs eat the peanut butter...
yeah, my last dog would eat the cheese and spit out the pill but we don't give our dog peanut butter because it isn't really healthy. Our neighbor gives their dog peanut butter and her poop is always liquid.
egbertfitzwilly (author)  ikestarm175 years ago
I have seen sites on the net also recommend pill in yogurt which is adaptable to this technique as well.
 That's what I do too... Hold the dog in my lap, tickle his tummy and ears for a while, hold his face up, drop the pill in and it usually falls right down his throat. Quick, easy, and enjoyable for all -- but I've got a beagle, and I'm not sure how easy it is to hold a bigger dog belly up in your lap...
rdhtemt4 years ago
Great idea for most dogs, but my dog hates peanut butter. lol
egbertfitzwilly (author)  rdhtemt3 years ago
You might check out the BBQ sauce trick somebody posted above....
egbertfitzwilly (author)  rdhtemt4 years ago
That actually doesn't matter as much as one might think. Assuming you have a difficult dog (many folks don't).

For chewable pills just crush them up and mix with the peanut butter. In the front of your dogs mouth behind the canine teeth there is a gap formed by the pre-molars. Hold the snout closed and use your index finger to put a glob of peanut butter ( or other spreadable substance such as cheese food in a can ) in your dogs mouth. They can't help but slurp it down and, of course, peanut butter at least isn't going anywhere unless its licked off.
oceanem4 years ago
Easiest way I've found with my German Shepherd (who's jaws are like a crocodile's and impossible to pry open)...put some BBQ sauce in a spoon, let said dog get a whiff of BBQ sauce, roll pill in BBQ sauce, make dog sit so he thinks it's really tasty treat, let eat and he will gobble it down so fast he doesn't take time to chew and presto-chango...pill gone! The strong flavor of the BBQ sauce more than covers any pill smell and the smokiness makes it irresistable. Just don't choose a spicy kind that will upset his/her stomach.
egbertfitzwilly (author)  oceanem3 years ago
I like it, thanks for sharing this tip.
egbertfitzwilly (author)  oceanem4 years ago
That's a really good tip. Tried it with my setter, she licked up the sauce and left the pill. Can also be used with the crushed pills as that worked flawlessly...the sauce is even more enticing than peanut butter!
i have a cairrn terrier and he hates pills but i put his pill in a treatball and he thinks its a treat cause hes not very bright one time he tried to run under a short table and hit his head and knocked himself out for a few hours
ezasfission3 years ago
..roll the pill into a ball of cheese.Roll up another ball of cheese about the same size(or larger). Show the dog the second (non-pill)ball of cheese while feeding him the one with the pill in it. Works every time........
Servelan4 years ago
The easiest and fastest way to get a pill into a dog is to wrap it in a bit of soft cream cheese [what's sold as 'lite' or Neufchatel] and offer it to the dog when s/he is hungry.   I've done this with multiple dogs and they don't separate the pill from the cheese.
aalison4 years ago
EFT4Me4 years ago
Whoever said dogs aren't smart has never watched my dog separate pill from food in his mouth run under the table and spit the pill out. Now little kids are easier. A Dr. actually showed me how to get my son to open his mouth to take medicine. You hold his nose firmly but gently. They open their mouth , naturally to breathe. The 2ND way is you can  press your pointy fingers  simultaneously into the spot on the cheek where  upper and lower jaw meet. I know these may sound mean but when you have a sick uncooperative child you have to do what works.  They get over it.
mhkabir5 years ago
Won't the peanut butter change the chemical make-up of the pills?? And, can pills be ground into powder?Won't they be less effective than whole ones?
EFT4Me mhkabir4 years ago
Less effective? I don't understand, if anything  crushing pills  gets around the time release aspect of some meds. Speeds things up. But maybe your thinking in terms of if it is smaller it won't be as potent. When pills hit our stomach the acids break it down, dissolves it anyways. Unless of course the method  I referred to above where people want to hurry up their  results. Whoever said dogs aren't smart has never watched my dog separate pill from food in his mouth run under the table and spit the pill out. 
camb00 mhkabir5 years ago
better infact
Larger Surface
I agree. Say if I swallow my morning Xanax whole, i get a gradual oncome  of placidity. However, if I chew them up and wash it down with a beer, I usually have to call in to work, heh...

More surface area = More rapid dissolution
egbertfitzwilly (author)  mhkabir5 years ago
Not in most cases, the peanut butter is no different than any other food that might be in the dogs stomach when they swallow it.
sarge694 years ago
for "not so smart dogs" give a piece of cheese and then a pill wraped in cheese.
for liquid lift up one cheek and squirt in medicine.
Judith7564 years ago
I use cream cheese, vienna sausages or velveeta cheese for the pickier dogs I have owned...lol.
AlvinMaker4 years ago
I usually stick the pills in a ball of cat food. (the wet kind) & give it too them in a spoon. They usually gobble it up before thay even realize that there is a pill. but I like the peanut butter too.
Chard5 years ago
couldnt agree more with Lftndbt. definately check with the vet first. I worked for 3 years at a vets and the usual advice was to wrap the pill (whole) in cheese! or anything with a strong flavour. lets face it... dogs arent picky. they'll pretty much eat anything!
Lftndbt5 years ago
CHECK WITH YOUR VET FIRST!! 

This method is NOT suitable for all pills. In fact there are not many pills this would be suitable for.

Most pills will have a binder and or coating/s to prevent the pill from dissolving immediately, once they hit your dogs stomach.


By crushing the pills you are editing the way, the manufacturer intended them to be administered.



Other than that, great I'ble!! I will try this with my dog for sure.
egbertfitzwilly (author)  Lftndbt5 years ago
Agreed. Always check with the vet.

I've never had a time release medication for the dog but I'm confident they exist. Mostly the vet palms them off as "chewable" and "flavored" although flavored with what I'm not exactly sure.  If the pill is chewable this technique is probably appropriate. If you know a vet give them the URL, I'd love to have expert feedback.

The binders are irrelevant to the medication although the coating can be signficant. Mostly what they try to do is mediate the drug transfer to avoid adverse gastro-intestinal reactions such as vomiting.
I place the pill in a marshmellow - works every time (and it is too sticky for the dog to separate).
tedrock5 years ago
check with your vet before doing this. many pills have coatings on them so they release the medicine over time.
shmuley955 years ago
 DEXTERS LAB AT THE END haha i used to love that show.... inspired me to become a nerd

egbertfitzwilly (author)  shmuley955 years ago
Yeah I needed a few more seconds of sound to fill out the space...