Products and Tips to Help Give your Pet Medication

Here are some fool-proof tricks for giving your fur-baby medication


For most pet owners, giving a dog or cat a pill can be very difficult. Dogs and cats find the taste and smell of most pills to be very bitter. Unfortunately, since their noses are much more sensitive than ours, they can easily detect an pill that hasn’t been disguised well. Thankfully, medication doesn’t have to be so difficult. There’s lots of products on the market to help with this issue. We’ve rounded up some information on the best medication products out there to help you!

Pill pockets

There are a few different brands on the market that make “pill pockets”. Greenies Pill Pockets are some of the better known and highly rated varieties. These pockets can make giving your pet pills a breeze by disguising the taste of the pill. Greenies come in two variations in multiple flavors. One is designed for tablets and the other designed for capsules. Greenies are a good option for pet owners that don’t like giving their pets human foods. The pockets are made of nutritious, tasty, pet-safe ingredients. To use the pocket, all you do is place the medication in the treat and pinch the opening to hide its sight and smell.

Pill masker

Pill maskers are a similar product to pill pockets. The masker comes as a tub of of flavorful paste that your pet will love the taste of. You then pinch off a bit of the paste to wrap around a pill of any size or shape. This product is nice because it’s a bit more customizable than the Greenies Pill Pockets. You can use more or less paste depending on the needs of your individual pet. It’s also more cost-effective than the Greenies Pill Pockets. One package averages out to 50 servings, compared to the 30 servings in a typical Greenies bag.

Pill gun

This product sounds a lot scarier than it actually. A pill gun, or pill dispenser, resembles a typical syringe. To use, all you do is insert the pill at the tip of the syringe. Then, using proper oral medication administration technique, you place the syringe inside your pet’s mouth and “shoot” the pill towards the back of their throat. After dropping the pill, you may want to help stimulate swallowing by massaging your pet’s throat or blowing on their nose. With this method it’s especially important to ensure your pet has actually swallowed the pill. It’s very easy for them spit it back out if you’re not watching for it.

Common foods to hide pills

If you don’t have any of these products on hand, or just want to use foods you have lying around at home, here are some common foods that disguise pills:

  • Peanut butter
  • Canned food (the smellier the better)
  • Cheese (slices of american, cream cheese, cheese spread)
  • Hot dogs
  • Deli meats
  • Tuna

With all of these techniques, it’s important to look around the house for any spit out pills. Dogs and cats can be very sneaky and hide pills until they’re alone and spit them out. Between failed attempts, try to to wait about 30 minutes so as to not raise suspicion in your pets.

What is your preferred method of giving your pet a pill? Let us know in the comments below 🙂

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