Although many dogs willingly take medicine, plenty of them are quick to show their unwillingness to participate in the measure. Maybe it's because of the pill's taste; maybe it's because of the texture. If swallowing pills is on your pet's list of don'ts, you'll have to try concealing them in something flavorful to coax him to scarf them down. Never give your dog any form of medicine without veterinary consent.
Use Wet Food
If you want to get your unenthusiastic dog to take his pill, try concealing it inside his dinner. If all goes well, your hungry doggie won't even realize he took any medication along with his tasty supper. Before doing this, however, ensure that your veterinarian says it's safe and acceptable for your pet to consume food along with his pill. If your dog eats canned food, just fold the food over the pill and let the dog eat. If your dog eats dry food, introduce a dollop of wet food into your pet's normal kibble and place the pill inside the wet stuff.
Tasty Canine Treats
You can conceal your dog's pill inside of a yummy canine treat. Dog treats with soft textures often work well for these purposes. Many pet supply stores stock treats specifically designed to hide pills for dogs. The Greenies brand manufactures popular "Pill Pockets" medicine-hiding treats of various flavors and types.
Yummy Canine-Friendly Foods
Bundling pills inside of slices of cheese or bologna can be effective, too. Foods with strong scents are particularly useful for getting dogs to swallow their pills. Dog owners frequently conceal pills in human foods such as peanut butter, cottage cheese, liverwurst and cream cheese. Canines often find these foods so appealing and exciting that they don't think twice about what might be lurking inside them. Never hide your pet's pill in a human food unless your veterinarian tells you that it's safe for canine consumption.
Many canine medications are available in chewable, flavored form. If your veterinarian prescribes your pet any medicine, ask if a chewable version is an option. If so, you might not need to trick wee Clyde into taking it. Many canine medications are available in liquid form, too. You can "hide" liquid medication in a tasty gravy or in a small amount chicken or beef broth. When you conceal your pet's pill inside any type of food, use as little food as you can to hoodwink your unsuspecting cutie into swallowing his medicine. By refraining from using too much food, you increase the chances of your pooch consuming his pill in its entirety.
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