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Shelby protests her pills

This morning Steven informed me that Shelby has gotten wise to the pills hidden in her peanut butter, and is now refusing to eat them. This has never happened before in her whole life, but she is actually running away from peanut butter.

I guess we'll have to find something else to wrap the pills in. Front runners include liver and/or cheese. Watch us try to make Shelby eat her pill.

August 10, 2005 | Permalink


Alfred takes his pills in mini marshmellows. Of course, his pills are much smaller. But maybe you could entice her with half of a large marshmellow.

Posted by: alfredsmom | Aug 10, 2005 6:28:13 AM

If you are able to put the pill down her throat, try blowing in her face. Blowing in a dog's face makes them swallow. If you want to put her pill in food, liverwurst works every time.

Posted by: Candice | Aug 10, 2005 7:58:34 AM

Poor Shelby looks miserable...she probably doesn't know that her Mommy and Daddy are trying to get her to ingest something to make her well...She is very intelligent and
has to be outwitted by her humans. Hope she can be given the meds in time to fight her stubborn Urinary Tract Infection.

Posted by: Jade | Aug 10, 2005 8:29:06 AM

If you can get some Flax Seed Oil (maybe from your local co-op), dogs LOVE it and it's good for them. It might be useful to make the lump of whatever you use even more enticing.

Posted by: Randon | Aug 10, 2005 8:49:07 AM

A meatball would be a good idea as well.

Posted by: Randon | Aug 10, 2005 8:57:11 AM

Candice has some excellent advice. The easiest way is to just shove it down the throat, then blow in the face. Honest! Its way easier than having to find something to hide it in and wastes less time. Also rubbing their throat will make them swallow.

Posted by: Stacy | Aug 10, 2005 10:59:38 AM

Since dogs rarely chew their food, I used to roll up little cheese balls with the pill hidden inside. My dog used to just let the chesse ball roll down her throat. She never chewed or tasted the pill hidden inside.

Posted by: lumlumaaaaaaah | Aug 10, 2005 2:01:48 PM

How cute is she???? SHe knows that you are trying to give her a pill--can't fool her!!! I hide my puggy's pills in her treats (puperoni's) and she actually eats it!


Posted by: Dawn | Aug 10, 2005 7:19:42 PM

I used to make a small slit in a piece of hot dog (weiner) and slip my dog's pill in it. He didn't notice the pill at all and actually looked forward to his daily hot dog treat

Posted by: Christina | Aug 10, 2005 11:14:37 PM

I used peanut butter, chicken baby food, bread, cheese, and everything I could think of when my pug, Niles, had to take Baytril. Those pills are huge, he was on a higher mg. I had to break them into 1/4s and get him to eat 4 hidden pills every 12 hours. Have you asked Shelby's vet if you can empty the capsules into to some food? I work at a Long Term Care Pharmacy and the elderly patients often have the contents of there capsules mixed with applesauce. Applesauce might not work for a pug but you get the idea.

Posted by: Shelley | Aug 11, 2005 8:34:00 AM

(Same advice I gave earlier... and I never blew in my dog's face. If you shove the pill down far enough, it doesn't come back up.)

You should ask the vet (or someone who knows how) to show you how to stuff a pill down a dog without PB or jam or cheese or anything else. [As you now know], even if you give the pill in food, dogs can somehow manage to spit it out after eating the treat [or reject the treat altogether]. We had to give our Labrador Vanectyl from August through November every year [for 14 years!] due to ragweed allergies and consequently, learned how to pry open her mouth and shove the pills down to the base of the tongue without missing a beat. They don't come back up if you do it right and it's fast.

Posted by: Julia | Aug 11, 2005 8:55:39 AM

While I haven't wised up to the peanut butter trick yet, may I suggest banana slices. I go bonkers for bananas and usually just inhale them without chewing anyways.

Posted by: Francois Le Pug | Aug 11, 2005 11:20:46 AM


Our Tommie has to have 2 pills every day and the way we do it is to shove it -gently but surely- down her throat and than immediately after give her a tiny bit of her favourite nibbles. She doesn't like the 'force feeding' but will endure it in order to score her sweets !

Can we ask for more video footage of Shelby swimming ? The moving of her paws was very funny...

Posted by: freddie | Aug 11, 2005 11:51:32 AM

Poor Shelby! I will try to send her pug brain waves to let her know that she needs to take her pills so she can get better...(you humans just don't know the horrors of pill swallowing!)

Posted by: polly the pug | Aug 11, 2005 1:38:04 PM

Cheese! Cheese is the way to go! A soft cheese like havarti, or farmers' cheese, something that will mold around the pill. I've had to give a lot of dogs pills, & cheese has never failed. They scarf it up so fast, they don't take time to mouth it around to discover anything is hidden inside! You might also want to consider a spoonful a day of organic active culture yoghurt to help balance the effects of the antibiotic; just like in humans, antibiotics kill the good flora as well as the bad. My kids eat it straight up out of the spoon, but you can put it on kibble, too.

Posted by: patricia | Aug 11, 2005 7:27:27 PM

My mommy gives my sister & I Pill Pockets! They are so yummy! They are really soft and the pill can be completely covered! They are so good that we actually looked forward to taking our medicine! Here’s the website!
Our vet gave them to us, but you can look in your pet store to see if they are there! They are easy on our tummies too!

Posted by: Satchel | Aug 23, 2005 9:05:44 AM

I was wondering about that...Loki takes his antibiotic pill and totally tucks it under his ample lips and then surreptitiously spits it out somewhere...so i got one of those pill shooters.

typical, in the end because he is such a little dickens, now he gets no treat, we use to hide in cheese too.


Posted by: Katherine | Aug 29, 2005 4:56:53 PM

Definitely, rubbing her throat is the way to go. We do this with our other dogs & cats and it works like a dream. Ad if you think giving a dog a pill is hard - try it with a cat!

Posted by: Bob | Jan 28, 2006 9:47:35 AM

As much as vet medicine is, you would think they would flavor the pills so your dog would consider it a treat. It wouldn't be that hard. My female pug hates taking pills. My male pug just gobbles them down with his food, but not Sassy... I guess her name fits her!

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