The best way to get pets to take their pills

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If you’ve had to give your pet any kind of medication, you know that it can be traumatic for human and pet. We have tried hiding pills in peanut butter, balled up bread and cheese. While cheese slices work the best with dogs, there have still been times when our dogs have sussed out the pill and left it behind, deftly gobbling up the cheese. And none of the above bribes work with cats.

The plastic pet pillers can work to some extent especially if you are patient and well coordinated, but we had a cat in the past who would not take a pill no matter what. If we tried to get near her mouth with a pet piller, she would claw the heck out of us. And she was usually quite nice otherwise.

drawing of cat that won't take pill

We  recommend “Greenies Pill Pockets for Cats” and “Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs.”

They are like small treats that my dogs and cats tend to love and you can hide the pill right inside then cover it over so that it typically isn’t detected and is swallowed with no muss or fuss.

They also come in a variety of flavors.

I haven’t had much luck finding them in Walmart or the grocery store, but they are available at many veterinarian offices and you can also order them off of at the links above or in the ads below.

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