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 Lorie on June 11, 2008 at 12:51pm
We've had this issue before and have coated the pill with peanut butter or put the pill into a piece of hot dog or liverwurst, and also have used the pill pockets. They work really well, but also use the alternatives when we ran out.
Comment by Tracy Clark on June 11, 2008 at 12:50pm
Amazing. I received your email before I saw what your blog was about... I jumpped over here to rush to your rescue and say that "PILL POCKETS are a God send!" and I open your blog and TADA! You've found out my secret! These little beauties have made my life, and my 16 yr old Beagle, Indy Anna Bones, soooooo much easier! No more chasing her around the kitchen with peanut butter, cream cheese, lunch meat, hot dogs, etc. etc. No more stuffing pills down her throat (which she and I have always hated... especially Indy since she has to take 8 pills a day!)... No. Pill Pockets should come with a little flowing cape on the package, because they are a real Super Hero in our house!
With love for the critters,
Comment by Barbara J Moran on June 11, 2008 at 12:47pm
I use liver sausage. It's icky and sticky, but covers a pill nicely and dogs love it!
Comment by Becky Beard on June 11, 2008 at 12:42pm
I have used shredded cheese, which I wrap around the pill. I then force the mouth open, and the dog's saliva makes it very slick and easy to shove down the throat.

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