It wasn’t easy discovering easy ways to give my dog medicine. If I wrapped the medication in a dog treat, my dog would eat the treat and spit the dog medicine out. If I created excitement by giving treats to all my dogs at once, the dog medication would somehow end up on the floor at the end of it. Cold cuts, cheese… nothing seemed to work. And I hated giving my dog medicine by shoving it down his throat. With some medication doses lasting over a two week period, I needed to find a few easy ways of giving my dog medicine without driving us both crazy.
Today the word medicine engenders great excitement in my home. Dog medicine has become synonymous with “snack”, the greatest word in the English language as far as my dogs are concerned. So what brought on this miraculous transformation? Trial and error that finally yielded a few guaranteed, easy ways to give a dog medicine.
Give a Dog Medicine with Ice Cream
Despite melting quickly, ice cream offers an easy way to give a dog medicine by making it super slippery. Wrap the dog medication in a little ice cream, covering the pill completely. Then quickly offer it to your dog. The ice cream is so slippery it will slip down your dog’s throat even as she tries to ferret out the dog medicine.
Give a Dog Medicine with Cream Cheese
Because it is soft and malleable, cream cheese offers an easy way to give your dog medicine by making it taste irresistible. Wrap the dog medication in enough cream cheese to cover all the sharp edges of the pill. Give your dog the cream cheese ball, which will stick to his tongue immediately. The taste will smear in your dog’s mouth obscuring the flavor of the dog medicine.
Give a Dog Medicine with Cheese Cake
Both sweet and sticky, cheese cake offers another easy way to give your dog medicine by making it impossible to spit out. Roll the dog medication in enough cheese cake to coat every corner, then give it to your dog. The creamy cheese cake will stick to his tongue as he eats it then send the dog medicine sliding down his throat before he knows it.
Give a Dog Medicine in Stages
To make the three suggestions above even more potent in making it easy to give your dog medicine, don’t start with the medicine at all. First give your dog a tiny bit of ice cream, cream cheese or cheese cake. It will be much easier to give your dog medicine if he acquires a taste for it. Once all excited about this incredible new treat, give your dog the large portion with the dog medicine hidden inside, and at the same time hold a third, small portion of this treat at the ready. Your dog will gobble the medicine treat to quickly get at the third one.
These easy ways of giving a dog medicine work incredibly well and are sure to turn medicine into your dog’s favorite treat. And if you want to make your dog extra comfortable as he is healing from illness, why not make him an orthopedic dog bed yourself (here’s how).