Some dogs accept medications well, some are quite finicky and some, like Jasmine was, couldn't be fooled. She accepted a pill hidden in food once. Found it in there and that was it forever. She could tell whether the food was manipulated or not. If she really wanted the food, shed eat around the pill and spit it out. Or she'd just spit out the whole thing. Jasmine had to have all her pills shoved down her throat ... it was the only way.
One of the important differences is whether a dog chews their treats.
If they don't, it's easy to hide the pill in anything enticing enough. Unfortunately for us, Jasmine did and Cookie does too. I can only hide her pills in stuffs that I know she won't chew and there are not many of those. Basically we are limited to bone paste, or cream cheese.
Some medications are made in chewable form, so they could be given as a treat.
JD takes those happily, to Cookie they're not attractive enough and also have to be wrapped in food.
Pill pockets type of delivery is great if your dog just needs one or two pills a day and, again, doesn't chew them. Cookie, with all her herbs and supplements gets over 15 pills, gels and capsules a day. Which means that the pill pockets would have to replace her meals.
Jasmine actually used to like her integrative herbs mixed with her meals.
Cookie does not. I started by just introducing literally a pinch into a small portion of her food. She turned her nose on it and refused the rest of the food as well even though it was not tainted.
"What did you do to my food? It's contaminated!"
The herbs we used to give Jasmine just came as a powder. Cookies come as a powder too. She refused even just a pinch, how would we ever get her to accept the whole dose, which was substantial?
That's when I first got the idea.
Some medications come in capsules, such as Gabapentin Jasmine was on. When we were weaning her off it, we had to reduce the dose to less than a content of the capsule. What do you know, if you do it carefully enough, these things come apart quite well.
My initial thought was to try and get some blank capsules and put Cookie's hers in that. When we talked to our pharmacist, though, he said that it is cheaper to buy something benign such as gelatin capsules instead, and just empty them and replace the content with whatever we need Cookie to take.
And it works quite well.
In the meantime we got Cookie's herbs already in capsules, however I've been using these for some other things that come in powder and she's not keen on.
But you don't have to use the capsules just for powder medications.
Some medications, such as Tramadol, Zytran, and as it seems even Cookie's Trazodone taste quite awful. When Jasmine got a taste of Tramadol or Zytran she was very unhappy, foaming like crazy and trying to get the horrible taste out of her mouth. Now imagine that is she did spit it out hubby still had to go ahead and put it right back in.
Cookie too found the Trazodone in her cheese roll and was less than impressed. As it turns out, many of these things fit right into the capsule too. The capsule itself doesn't have any taste on its own and hides the nasty content really well.
So if you have some pills that are nasty tasting, or powder your dog won't eat, make your own medication capsules.
Useful Tips: Bandaging Your Dog's Foot?
Useful Tips: Stomach Unhappy from Too Much Acid?
Useful Tip: You Don't Have To Dish Out For An Expensive Dog Dryer
Useful Tips: Winter Dog Safety Tip
Useful Tips: Battling With The Fish Oil Gel Caps?
Useful Tips: Visual Chart
Dog First Aid Kit: What's In Yours?
Wound Care - Scissor-Free Bandaging