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Ideas for getting pills down their throats!

In another thread today, there was a reference to the challenge of getting pills into these guys, once they are on to us with the hiding the pill in cream cheese. Cassie periodically needs Benadryl when we have heavy pollen periods (we seem to have the same reaction, when I start seasonal sneezing, she starts itching!). We are both clear right now as the spring pollen blitz has ended, but I dread our next round. I have tried crushing the pills and blending in, but I find the telltale pink remains in her food dish as she seems to be able to carefully work around the Benadryl.

Cream cheese used to work, but not any more. I have even tried tiny jars of baby food..she can still detect it. She won't touch pill packs. On times she has needed other meds, the usual tricks and cream cheese still work, but Benadryl must have some kind of detectible odor. Any one have other ideas or success stories?
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My trainer has us practicing now in case our dogs ever need pills so far sprocket hasn't needed any
First we practice touching the top of their nose and treat then work our way up to opening his mouth from the top and treat then a finger in mouth and treat slowly working our way up to being able to place a treat way back in their mouth (sprocket isn't there yet but I haven't been practicing this as much) that way if he ever needs a pill I can just place it in the back of his mouth and he should swallow it also Great for when the vet wants to look at teeth



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I had great success with covering the pills with liverwurst when I had to give pills to my corgi. However, she was a foodaholic. Pill pockets worked too but the liverwurst seemed to work best. Some people use peanut butter as it's harder to spit out!
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I used laughing cow speading cheese, soft enough to mold around the pill.
Tho normally I just put it down their throats, as far back as possible then give a little push with finger.
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I crush the pill between 2 spoons. Then make a liverwurst ball or mix in yogurt (that does not contain artificial sweeteners because that is dangerous)
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I also crushed Kirby's pills and mixed them in with his food with the okay of his vet. Sometimes I think it depends on the type of medication you are using whether it is safe to crush the pill. For me, it was the only way, especially when he was much older, to medicate him easily. Hope this helps.

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I give my two a Proviable DC capsule daily and coat the outside with Boursin soft cheese. It's gone in one gulp.

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Funny you mention Proviable DC. Zelda would just eat the capsule as is. She learned to eat fish oil capsule by herself, and willing to accept the Proviable DC just as readily. Makes my life easy for sure, I just put the capsules on her regular food and she'd gobble everything up.
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I just stick Willow's Proviable capsule in her food. Her food is soft (Honest Kitchen) so I can just plop the whole capsule in there and it disappears!



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I give my two a Proviable DC capsule daily and coat the outside with Boursin soft cheese. It's gone in one gulp.
With Proviable, I just open the capsule and sprinkle it on the food. It doesn't seem to have any flavor... at least Panda has never turned her nose up at it!


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