How to Get Your Pooch to Take a Pill

It’s safe to assume that you’ll need to give your canine companion a pill at some point or another. That can be easier said than done, as you’ll probably find out! Here are some tips from veterinarians Lewisville, TX on giving your dog a pill. 

Hide it in food.

Often, it’s easiest to hide Fido’s pill in a glob of wet dog food, or perhaps roll it up in some lean deli meat. With luck, your pup will gobble down the morsel without even realizing there was medication inside. Check with your vet first, though–some pills are meant to be taken on an empty stomach. 

Crush or grind it.

Ask your vet about crushing or grinding your dog’s pill, and then sprinkling it over his normal meals. This is effective when it can be done, but it’s not always safe. It could affect the medication’s effectiveness. 

Administer it manually. 

If all else fails, you’ll need to administer Fido’s pill manually. Gently pry apart the jaws with one hand and place the pill as far back on the tongue as possible. Shut your dog’s mouth and stroke the throat to stimulate swallowing.

For help, call your pet clinic Lewisville, TX.