How to feed your dog medicine?

Australia
November 27, 2007 8:07pm CST
I'm finding it difficult to feed my dog medicine (e.g. heart worm tablets etc). I tried to hide it in his food but he just spits them all out. How do you feed medicine to your dog?
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@HellaBass (117)
• United States
28 Nov 07
For pills wrap in lunch meet ot kraft singles cheese. If thats still a problem, if you have multiple dogs, give medicine around other dog, they will likely gulp down the offering for fear of losing to other dog. Also, have a chaser ready, as soon as the medicine wrapped in cheese/meat goes in the mouth, hold another piece above their nose, often they will gulp down to get the next treat ;)
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• Australia
29 Nov 07
Thanks! I tried using Kraft Singles Cheese last night ...and it worked!!!! Although I did have to grab his mouth shout so he won't split the pill out!
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@foxygirle (377)
• Philippines
28 Nov 07
for tablets: Open wide the dog's mouth ,Put it near the throat and push it toward the neck and close the mouth and gently rub the throat to make the tablet go down. Be careful though not to let the dogs bit your fingers. For syrup or liquid: i get used disposable syringe minus the needle and put it the the side of the mouth, hold their mouth to open and push the medicine towards the throat. Hope that works.
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• United States
28 Nov 07
Eye droppers and those ear cleaner outer thingies (those blue rubber bulbs) are good for doing that as well.
• United States
29 Nov 07
When my father has to feet the dog medicine he usually makes some scrambled eggs to put in the dog dish and hides the pill in them. Its really hard for the dog to see and when she/he is busy making sure to get all the scrambled eggs they will hardly notice they ate it, or by that time its too late anyway. Also, we have opened its mouth and put it towards the throat like the others have posted. Good luck!
@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
28 Nov 07
We usually use some type of table scrap or something that they normally don't get. It makes them think that they are gettig a treat when it really has the pill in it. When our puppy had a bladder infection he had liquid and he actually took it fine after a couple days. It was just part of a routine for him. If you don't have a large enough table scrap try a piece of lunch meat or even a soft dog treat.
@Seraphine (385)
• Finland
28 Nov 07
My dog usually doesn't make a fuss over tablets so I've so far been able to just hide it in some meat or cheese that I give him. But for dogs that wouldn't have it that way, I did what foxygirle described. Open mouth, put tablet in as far in as I can safely put it, close mouth and rub the throat a little so he swallows it.
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• United States
28 Nov 07
What kind of food are you using? I have a dog that I have to give steriods to occasionally. The *only* way she takes them is wrapped in cheese or I take some canned cat food, hide the pill in that and she takes it without a problem in the world. Also, try peanut butter. Put the pill inside a spoonfull of peanut butter and see if that works. One of my dogs is on aspirin every now and again due to arthritis and back problems, and he loves his pill hidden in peanut butter. Baby food is also another good bribe.