how to give a pill to a dog

It can be very hard to get a dog to swallow a pill. Some act like they suspect that you might be trying to poison them. They're always reading too much into things.

My dog, Lucy, is easy. She takes her monthly heartworm/flea pill effortlessly. She likes the pill in a little dip of peanut butter. This is a good method for most dogs that spend their lives thinking about food, like Lucy. Sometimes we say that she's just a stomach with a face on it.

Placing the pill in a dish of food works for some dogs, though I have seen some that will gobble down all the food, and there will be that pill sitting on the bottom of the gleaming bowl. I don't know how they do it. It's like they have a food filter.

My mom's dog is a skittish suspicious little bitch. Nothing works. I have to cradle her body under my arm, wrap my hand around her head, pry her mouth open with a finger, then ram the pill down her throat while she fights and gags. After it's over and we're both shaken, I usually say, "it really doesn't have to be this hard". *sigh*

10 responses to “how to give a pill to a dog

  1. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    Nothing works.

    Not even a vienna sausage with the pill hidden inside? Or maybe a chicken liver or some other part of its viscera. I dunno…just throwing things out there.

  2. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    liver pudding

    Dude, eating liver is eating another animal's filter.

  3. Those are good techniques, too. I loved Vienna sausages when I was a kid. Now they make me quiver.My mom used to buy liver pudding for herself and the dogs. Gross. That's playing Russian roulette with your life. She's been a vegetarian for years now. What a change.

  4. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    or some other part of its viscera

    Your use of the word viscera did not go unnoticed. Good one! 😀

  5. I can't help it! I spent long hours of my youth locked in my bedroom reading the dictionary and encyclopedia. It's actually amazing how much I've lost. I heard so many times in my 20s from people, "Dude, what the hell are you talking about," that I had to use a simpler vocabulary so I could be understood. The people I hung out with weren't that scholastically inclined.

  6. Originally posted by 0x29a:

    I spent long hours of my youth locked in my bedroom reading the dictionary and encyclopedia.

    I so there! Have you ever been over to someone's house and there's nothing to read anywhere? It's even hard to find paper and pen to write something down. It wasn't that way at my house when I was growing up. My parents filled the bookshelves with World Book Encyclopedia, Childcraft, and later the Great Books series. They bought them all on time pay. It really paid off. The World Books, especially, I knew them from cover to cover. They are all still in my attic.By the time I stated first grade, I was already a strong reader. As the teacher helped many of the other kids to struggle through beginning materials, I was able to sit in the back and smoke cigarettes and sip beer. :jester:

  7. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    I was able to sit in the back and smoke cigarettes

    I'm gonna hazard a guess that you were a Luck Strike kid.:up: We had the complete set of World Books, all fifteen volumes of Childcraft. the subscription to the yearly updates, and a Cycloteacher. My folks went all out. A few years ago, I found the same edition of Volume One of Childcraft that we had. Here is my favorite poem from it. Maybe this poem, and the volume in general, maybe that's why I turned out so bizarre.Lately, as the trend of me being the oldest person by a fair measure in a given group continues to deepen, I've begun to experience situations where I find myself parapphrasing Peter Falk and saying, "When I was a kid, the Internet was called books!"

  8. What a great capture. Love it. :up: About the World Books. By my logic as a child, I deduced that "C" was a power letter, while "N" and "O" were not so important. This was because "C" was so big that it took two volumes told hold it all while "N" and "O" were so skinny that they would fit together into one.Makes perfect sense!

  9. I just read the poem. Superb.

  10. Man, you two had some great volumes when you were young.

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