And if these ideas don't work, you can always ask your pet's veterinarian for ideas and suggestions. Remember that medications come in many different forms - pills, flavored tablets, liquid, and sometimes even topical or injectable. Find out what's available to you and choose an option that works.
- Peanut Butter - This is a popular and favorite choice for hiding dog pills in. Get your dog his own jar of peanut butter, or at the very least no double dipping.
- Canned Food - Hiding your dog or cat's pill OR liquid medication in canned food is easy. You can put a whole pill or crushed pill in the canned food and mix it up. To make sure your dog or cat eats all of the medication, start with a small amount of canned food at first.
- Cheese - Again, another favorite among dogs. Just roll a pill up inside of a slice of cheese and smash the ends of the cheese together.
- Greenies Pill Pockets - When I worked as a Vet Tech, these things were life savers. All the dogs loved them and they made giving medication so much less stressful for both the dogs and I. They are also available for cats.
- Banana - If your dog likes bananas (like mine) hide their pills in the middle of a piece of banana. It's quick and easy and bananas are healthy fruit!
- Hot Dogs - Your dog will love you if you put their pill inside of a chunk of hot dog!
- Bread - For birds, I've heard that you can soak liquid medications into a small piece of bread and give it as a treat. If you try this method, you have to make absolute certain that your bird actually eats ALL of the bread and not just some of it. This method could also work for small rodents like hamsters or rats. Bread works great to hide a dog's pills in too.
- Meat - Meats like beef and chicken are perfect for hiding pills in for dogs and cats. Whether your dog or cat eats a raw diet or cooked meat is up to you. All you need to do is hide the pill inside of the meat.
- Tuna - Canned tuna is a popular treat among cats and hiding a pill or liquid medication in this food is easy. Dogs also probably would not turn their heads to this tasty treat.
Of course, the list of things to hide your pet's medication in is endless. You know what kind of foods and treats your pet likes best. Use your own personal knowledge of your pets' preferences to figure out the best way to medicate them and make it work. And if one type of food doesn't work, try something different next time.
Just remember to watch your pet and make sure they actually take their medication and don't spit it out or hide it. Pets can be little tricksters sometimes when it comes to taking medicine. And again, always consult with your Veterinarian if you are having trouble medicating your pet. Good luck!
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