I have had a dickens of a time getting Maui to take her medicine recently.

I used to put it in a dab of cream cheese, but that no longer works.

I have tried disguising pills in little sandwiches of lamb, beef and chicken...
alas, she has caught on to that.

Just last week I discovered a miracle: pill pockets.

I am not sure why I never heard about them before, but they are ingenius.

You simple place the pill inside of this bowl-shaped-pill which is made of a meaty-textured protein material that dogs like. It kind of smells like commercially-available dog treats. I am not sure if they are the best thing in the world as a main component of a dog's diet, but they sure do the trick to get the medicine down.

I found them on Amazon.com and the shipping was free. (That is a good thing when you live in Hawaii.)

Check them out if you have problems getting your dog to take his medicine. Just click one of the packages below.

Also, if you have other ideas for ways to get the medicine down, please write a comment below.

Finally, here is a video from a vet who recommends these pill pockets.

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Comment by Lisa on June 14, 2008 at 6:01am
Little Peanut Butter balls! Yummy!
Comment by Teresa Day on June 14, 2008 at 1:43am
yes, i give my cat PROGRAM a preventative flea treatment and that is in thick liquid form and she is sometimes ok with that. I will try the scent effect in future episodes of illness and use my finger and put some fav gravy from meat or peanut butter on it with the liquid medication and experiment from there on. Thanks for these tips folks.
Comment by Beverly on June 13, 2008 at 4:26pm
My little Callie has a liver shunt and I finally gave up on giving her any pills. I can get them in her mouth and down her throat but find them laying on the floor later - EVERY TIME. She takes her lactulose and amoxicilin like a charm. They are both liquid and given from a syringe. Callie is an extremely picky eater. She won't touch dog food of any kind and I cook for her every night. If anyone has any suggestions on food or pills, I'm open for suggestions. She doesn't like pill pocket. She doesn't eat treats of any kind either. She is the pickiest dog I've ever known!
Comment by Robin on June 13, 2008 at 10:51am
Greetings :) We have always had success with giving our Cocker "Sierra" her pills with a dollup of peanut butter. She LOVES it ! She get three pills every other day and that has worked the best with us.
Comment by Patty on June 13, 2008 at 9:05am
Cara could have been me talking. I was the first one to mention braunschweiger. I have 28 dogs and 5 cats and I have never met anyone who did not love their braunschweiger, but the trick is, as Cara said, let them lick you fingers and give others in the immediate vicinity of the pill takers their own little braunschweiger treat - that way when and if they ever have to take a pill, they already look upon braunschweiger as a treat. And, yes, it is a nasty ucky liver sausage (especially to vegan me) but IT WORKS. Now, on to cats. Depending on their mood, liquids are always a better option. I have not tried the braunschweiger on them yet. Maybe I ought to give it a shot.
Comment by Rick Guthrie on June 13, 2008 at 8:34am
George Moore's suggestion has worked best for my dogs, I've been using peanut butter for years. The key is to let them lick it off your finger, that makes it extra special for them. Also, the more peanut butter the better it works.
Comment by Cara on June 13, 2008 at 6:51am
Ranger has Addison's Disease and Katie is in kidney failure. Both have morning and evening medication-pills. I've tried everything including pill pockets, which Ranger turned up his nose, cream cheese, peanut butter, cheese and all work, but the one that shines and is the #1 never fails is Braunschweiger [Oscar Mayer is our favorite]. Yes, in my opinion, nasty liver sausage; it is extremely malleable and can easily accommodate any size pill from the smallest to largest and cover up most liquids too. They think it is an absolute treat day in and day out for 2 years they've never tied of it. So, when all else fails bring in the big gun Braunschweiger. Another tip with everything but pill pockets make sure there is some left on your finger tips and let them lick it off this licking action will make them swallow-no spitted out pills. And one last important point if you have dogs who don’t have to take pills give them a dollop they deserve “the treat” too.
Comment by Teresa Day on June 13, 2008 at 5:03am
These pill pockets sound a good idea. I watched the video. Ive tried to hide the crushed pills in the food or in a tasty morsel of meat and to give the medication when Flash had some skin problems when she would be hungry but it was bitty and not easy experience. Thanks for this idea about pill pockets as I will have a new avenue to follow. I hope not too soon.
Comment by Catherine Campbell on June 13, 2008 at 4:43am
Thank you all for your suggestions, as I am a critter-sitter and am often faced with this delicate task. Realizing this site is devoted to dogs, I was wondering anyway if anyone has a suggestion for cats. When I've tried to use pill pockets on mine, he just gives me that, "You've GOT to be kidding" look, before disappearing. Thank you.
Comment by Barb on June 13, 2008 at 2:41am
My boss uses pill pockets and says his dogs think it is treat time. I give my Tony his pill wrapped up in bologna, first a little piece for him, then a piece with his pill. He knows it is treat time (or so he thinks), when I get his pill bottle out. It works for now!
We used to use Peanut Butter, but like Maui, he caught on to it. Another thing I do is when he gets his egg, mix it in his food.

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