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How to get your dog to eat his medicine

I'm having to force feed Lucca his monthly Trifexis. Tried all sorts of method. I usually cut his Trifexis pill into 4 parts, coat them with peanut butter. He used to eat it but after awhile got smarter and lick off the peanut butter and spit out the pill. Thern I tried to stuff it in a banana. Same thing. And I made meat balls (no seasoning, just ground beef with egg and bake them) and tried to stuff the pill in. Doesn't work either. He looks at meatballs with suspicion now even when there's no pills inside. Urgh. Anybody has any idea how to get your dog to eat his medicine willingly? Or do I have to force feed him every month?
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Jack is the same way can't wait for some advice on this one

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Bread works with Tess . Three pieces without, one piece with...Etc...
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Here's what I have been doing with my 4.5 year old Golden for at least 3 years and it works every time.

I coat the pill with peanut butter and place it towards the back of his tongue. He closes his mouth and I lift his head and stroke him under his chin until he swallows it - takes second.. Then I let him lick the spoon clean of the remaining peanut butter to make sure without a doubt.
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I bribe my guy.

I have never had a golden who just nommed down pills. Wrap in lunchmeat, slather with peanut butter, pinch bread around them... whatever. Doesn't work. They slurp around the pill until they've cleaned it off and then they walk off and spit it somewhere they think I won't look - like under the kitchen table. >.<

So what I do is line up the treats for Jacks to see. The faster he swallows the pill, the faster he gets the treats afterwards.

I chopped the trifexis pill into 3 or 4 pieces and stuffed each one to the back of his tongue, told him swallow, gave him treat - repeated till all pieces were gone.

ETA - That Trifexis pill is HUGE and smells like mold. I don't blame these dogs for not wanting to nom them.

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We use Pill Pockets; they have a strong liver smell and Ben loves them.

One thing we were told by our vet a long time ago: don't pick up a smelly pill and then pick up the pill pocket (or hamburger) with the same hand because the smell gets transferred to the outside. Try to make sure the smell of the pill is contained inside the coating as much as possible and not on the hand that feeds him the treat.
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We use pill pockets, too. Typically, we use just enough so that the entire pill is coated with a layer of pill pocket and then form a few extra balls from the leftovers. Our pup gets the pill pocket + pill first, then quickly gets fed a second and third pill pocket ball. She's so focused on the second and third treats that she just gulps the pill down.
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I've always hid my dogs pills in a piece of cheese.
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I have found that string cheese works best and you can form it around the pills well.
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Here's what I have been doing with my 4.5 year old Golden for at least 3 years and it works every time.

I coat the pill with peanut butter and place it towards the back of his tongue. He closes his mouth and I lift his head and stroke him under his chin until he swallows it - takes second.. Then I let him lick the spoon clean of the remaining peanut butter to make sure without a doubt.
I have two ways that work--Rhonda's way, above. Put it on the back of the tongue, clamp the mouth shut gently, and stroke the throat. But my preferred way is to put the pill into something yummy. Then I get both my dogs together for treats. They are very competitive about not losing out so I use that. I give them both a treat at the same time. Usually I hold it in the air and drop it straight down so they open wide and snap it up. The next round of treats is when I deliver the pill treat to the dog that needs it and the other dog gets a plain treat. Then I do one more round of treat delivery. They get so caught up in "getting mine" that they don't pay much attention to what might be hiding inside...
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