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How Do I Get My Dog to Take a Pill?

The following is an excerpt from the Petfinder Blog.

Dr. Lauren Brickman writes a pet health and care column for Read all the Q&As she’s shared with Petfinder here.

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

How Do I Get My Dog to Take a Pill?


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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