No one likes taking pills, so it’s normal that your pet doesn’t either. But luckily, there are a few tricks out there to help make this process go a little smoother.
Admit it, when you watch your dog take his medicine you feel a little bad for him. It’s not always easy for you or him. Here are some concrete recommendations to make swallowing the pill a little easier.
Use flavored medicine. These pills make it easier for dogs to swallow their medication. However, keep in mind that it’s always a good idea to ask your veterinarian for their opinion first.
Hiding the pills in special treats allows you to sneak the medicine past your dog; he’ll swallow it up without even realizing it. This won’t work for dogs that really chew their treats a lot, though, because they’ll notice the pill and might get upset.
Play with him a little bit by first offering a treat that doesn’t have a pill hidden in it, like chicken or peanut butter. Then, wait for him to ask for more. Pull your hand away when he sniffs it. Repeat this little tease several times and then finally give him the portion that has the pill concealed inside. He’ll be so excited about the treat that he’ll swallow it right away.
Use treats or rewards to make taking medicine a fun activity for the dog. Stay calm and everything will be okay.
Most importantly, don’t forget to consult your veterinarian to get more information on the medication your dog is taking and for more advice on how to help your dog swallow the pill more easily.