Giving Pills to Dogs

September 7, 2011

One of my dogs suffers allergies during the warmer months due to pollen and pine needles. After being checked over by our vet, I was advised to give Rosie 2 Benadryl a day. As soon as I find a way to sneak it to her with food she figures it out and has learned to spit it out and then she runs off because she knows I'm going to give it to her anyway.

I've tried several different ways and accidentally figured out a way to give Rosie her pills without her knowing it. I have no idea why, but it seems I come up with my best ideas when I'm totally exhausted, late at night. I was putting the dishes away and caught a sideways glance of a mixing beater. I cut up a hot dog into 4 pieces and inserted the beater into the hot dog piece and it made a very snug hole in which I inserted a Benadryl. The pill fit perfectly and did not fall out and Rosie swallowed it without even tasting it. In the past I had been slicing the hot dogs to put the pills in, but they always fell out.Hot dog cut into four pieces.

Mixer beater stuck in one piece of hot dog.

Sometimes I even surprise myself with what I come up with and I thought this was well worth sharing with all the dog people who enjoy and learn from ThriftyFun.Bottle of Wal-Dryl and two hot dog pieces with pills inserted into holes made by mixer beater.


By CPJ from Madison, AL

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October 7, 2005

A spoonful of PB&J helps the medicine go down. When giving a pill to a dog that doesn't like taking them, try putting some peanut butter and jelly on a spoon and hide the pill in it. Most dogs love peanut butter, and the jelly helps it slide down.


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March 6, 2012

Dogs have always been a part of my life. Having pets means that it's likely you will have to give them a pill sometime throughout their lifetime. Generally, the dogs I've had have been pretty cooperative when I give them a pill.

hand holding a pill in front of a dog


March 22, 2010

I mix my dog's pills in cream cheese and haven't had him spit it out once. I know for a fact that this works really well.


July 6, 2011

To give my dog medicine, I dip a spoon into the peanut butter and lay the pills on the sticky peanut butter which my dog then devours. The pills go right down and it's funny to watch her licking her lips!


April 17, 2011

For dogs who need Cosequin (or other dry medications) but spit the pills out, take a small piece of regular cheese and cover it with 'squirt cheese'. Next, grind up the pills into a powder and sprinkle it so it sticks to the squirt cheese.


April 15, 2013

My vet told me to start giving my dogs regular pumpkin for the fiber. I give it to them in the evening meal. At the same time, I give medications. Some of the medications I have to get very tricky with to get them to take it.


March 3, 2011

Wrap pills in the sandwich cheese slices to get your dog to take them easily. Mash the cheese around the pill and form a small ball. Mine gulp it down and don't even realize they just took a pill.


June 27, 2011

When I give medicine to any of my dogs, I crush them in a bowl and spread them on the food. Then, I put a small dollop of any pure meat (beef, chicken, etc.) in the bowl with about a teaspoonful of warm water.



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April 2, 2012

We have a Yorkie that's 1 yr 7 months old. The vet found that Bella has a abnormal liver problem and now she has to take Denamarin everyday. She has been put on a vegetarian diet and cannot have any protein.


Before we realized that she could not have protein at all we were wrapping her pill in cheese and that worked great. Now we have tried putting it in bread and she spits that out. I have put it at the back of her throat and rubbed her throat area with her mouth closed and that worked a few times. She has caught on and gets very upset and has growled at me and tried to bite. I don't want her going thru this everyday and I don't want to either. Is there some other item I could put it in without spending more money. Her food is not cheap and has to be purchased at the vet's office.

By Tammy


April 2, 20120 found this helpful

Can you grind it up and put it in water or milk or some other liquid? One he's allowed to have of course. Or the food maybe? Is there a canned food you can give? Good luck figuring it out!


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April 3, 20120 found this helpful

I'm not sure if these products will fit in with your dogs diet, but I use peanut butter or creamed honey liberally on a small piece of toast. I grind the tablet up 1st but you could roll the toast in a ball with the honey & pill inside.

April 3, 20120 found this helpful

I also had to give my doxie Denamarin for a liver problem. I used the chewable, which I broke in half (so one bottle of 30 pills lasted 2 months), according to her weight. Up to 6 lbs -1/4 tablet. 7 to 15 lbs. -1/2 tablet. 16 to 30 lbs. -1 tablet. It's chewable liver flavor so that might be the solution to your problem.


My picky dog didn't like the taste so I got Pill Pockets and she liked those.

Of course that would cost you more money for the Pill Pockets but I believe the Denamarin added years to my dogs' life so it was worth it to me. She left us last year at age 17. Good luck!

April 4, 20120 found this helpful

My husband and I have used whipped cream to give our cocker spaniel his pills for years. Just put the pill on your finger, put a dab of whipped cream large enough to cover the pill, with a little extra on top to make it hard for them to spit it out. Don't let them lick it off your finger, just slide it into the back of their mouths. You don't even have to open their mouth with your other hand (hopefully). Works every time!

February 17, 20140 found this helpful

I have a 4 year old chihuahua/corgi mix with a seizure disorder. He has to take a 100 mg pill twice a day. Peanut butter was making him gain weight, so I switched to instant mashed potatoes. I don't know if it has too much protein for your dog, but it's worth a look. Just nuke about 1-1 1/2 Tbsp of water in a small bowl for about 15 seconds.


Add just enough potato flakes so that it absorbs dry within about 5 seconds and stir really well. I use the handle of the spoon. It molds like a play dough and makes a cheap, easy pill pocket substitute.

February 2, 20160 found this helpful

It's amazing how fast dogs can pick up on a pill being hidden. It looks like Bella has figured out the pill game and she's such a small girl.

This may sound silly but have you tried cooked / mashed sweet potatoes? They taste great and with Bella being so small you could probably get a good week's servings out of one and it is a vegetable. It's tastier than mashed potatoes and I haven't met any dog that doesn't like a taste of butter.


With any luck, Bella will absolutely love it and won't be suspicious.

Have you researched making your own dog food there is so much a person can do with vegetables.

You could make weekly batches and refrigerate them, it only takes a second or two to warm them up. Check the ingredients on the food you buy from the vet and perhaps you can buy edible dog vitamins and give her one as a treat.

You could count the small serving of sweet potato as part of a meal. My dogs get breakfast and dinner.

October 7, 20180 found this helpful

Thank you for your tip and my dog just started this medication too. My dog has not only liver situation but a heart murmur, she is turning 7 yrs old this month. She is very hard to give pills as she is a very picky eater. Been breaking the pill up and I hold her in my arms and my husband pushes it as far back into her mouth.


Makes me sad but it say to give on empty stomach. Also just want to say sorry for your loss, I know our fur babies are family. Still mourning the lost of our previous dog 6 yrs ago. They are forever in our hearts

October 7, 20180 found this helpful

DEMARIN Can not be crushed and has to be given 1 hour before your pet gets breakfast.

December 11, 20230 found this helpful


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February 7, 2019

How much water do I mix with a 500mg amoxicillin capsule to give to my pup?


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February 7, 20190 found this helpful

Did the vet say it is ok to mix with water? Our vet always tells us to use a pill pocket or cottage cheese. That also sounds like a huge dose Is that what was prescribed?


I guess I am just used to dosing for tiny dogs. Prayer for healing!!!!

February 7, 20190 found this helpful

For Amoxicillin, the rule of thumb is 10 miligrams per kilogram of weight


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February 7, 20190 found this helpful

5-10 mg per pound. The directions and/or vet will tell you how to mix.

February 7, 20190 found this helpful


First you need to know the dog's weight since the medicine is dosed according to weight. For each pound the dog gets 5-10 mg of the pill. If the dog is about five pounds then that would be 5 pounds times 10 mg of the pill. That is 50 mg.

I never add the amoxillin to water. I always pour out the capsule and put the powder on a little plate. Then I half the powder down to the right dosage for the dog.

This is how many times you would separate the powder into halves, for a 500 milligram pill:

All the powder is 500 mg.
Half the powder is 250 mg.
Half that half powder is 125.
Half of 125 mg is 62.5
Half of 62.5 is 31.25
Half of 31.25 is 15.6
Half of 15.6 is 7.8.

Basically you pour the powder on the table and take a credit card and divide it into halves until you arrive at the correct milligrams for your dogs weight.

For a five pound dog you would half the pile of powder 4 times.

At this point, I pick up the bundle of powder and put it on a spoon and add Karo syrup to the powder and let the dog lick it off the spoon or wipe it on the dogs mouth, while the dog is distracted.

Dosage for Amoxillin for dogs and cats is 5-10mg/pound every 12-24 hours.

This is how I have always given my animals Amoxillin, the kind you buy at PetSmart, the kind called Fish Mox. I have given much more to cats and kittens than I have for dogs.



February 8, 20190 found this helpful


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November 14, 2010

Tips for giving dogs their medication. Post your ideas.


January 30, 2010

Giving Pills to Dogs. My Jack Russell has been given amoxicillin 250mg capsules that he must take twice a day.


April 15, 2011

My chihuahua hates to take pills and I was afraid to hurt her by placing the pill down her throat. I put the pill in a pill cutter and pulverize it to a powder.


March 2, 2011

We take a small bit of bread, place the pill in the center of the bread, and press with our fingers around the pill.


November 18, 2010

How can I get my dog (a 9 year old Westie) to take her pills? I have tried hiding it in every food possible. She always eats the food and dumps the pill on the floor.

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