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Q&A: How do I get my dog to take a pill?


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Guest blogger, Dr. Lauren Brickman,
started as a veterinary technician at Garden City Park in 1997 and went
on to veterinary school at Ross University. She currently writes a
popular pet health and care column for that she has shared with us today.

Q: My nearly two-year-old male Labradoodle has to take benedryl for allergies and hates pills and medications. I have tried the peanut butter method and the pill on the back of the tongue method.

With the peanut butter, he will still manage to spit out the pill, and with the pill on the back of the tongue, he flatly refuses to swallow and I can’t justify making him sit there while holding his mouth closed for 20-30 minutes at a time. Any other suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Read Dr. Lauren’s answer after the jump.

A: Giving pills to pets can definitely be quite
frustrating! There are treats called pill pockets that are specifically
made to hide pills. However, these may not work for you since hiding
them in peanut butter doesn’t really help.

You can try crushing the pills and mixing them in with something tasty.
Also, ask your vet or a local compounding pharmacy if Benadryl can be
made into a flavored liquid for your dog!

If you have questions about your pet’s health, you can submit them to Dr. Lauren at

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