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How To Give a Capsule Pill to Dog
So you need to give your dog a capsule and you are looking for some tricks of the trade. No worries, you are not alone! , many dog owners have the same problem! Indeed, when I worked for an animal hospital, we often had appointments just for this purpose.
Yes, dogs and cats were coming to see us just to get their capsules! The dog owners were so desperate, they were willing to pay a fee just so we could administer Capsules to their finicky dogs and cats!
This wasn’t a bad idea, after all. Many dogs and cats may and will put up a fight when they don’t want to ingest capsules. Cornering the dog to give it Capsules can be an easy way to get bit. Cats, at times, can be even more dangerous than dogs. I have seen some nasty injuries from fractious kitties. On the contrary, many dogs will take capsules with no issue. But why will a dog refuse a Capsule in the first place? and how to give a dog a capsule?
Capsules Are Too Bitter for Rover’s Taste
Well, for starters, some Capsules just simply taste awful. You can’t just tell a dog to take the Capsule in his mouth and wash it down with a big gulp of water. If you don’t know how to give capsules to your dog, most likely you are making him taste it—which will cause him to categorically spit it out. Once your dog discovers you are trying to give him a capsule, he will likely give you distance increasing signals and disappear in thin air.
Steps and Tips to Give a Dog a Capsule
There are a few things to remember when it comes to administering a capsule to your dog.
- Settle your dog down before you try giving them the tablet. This task will be much trickier if they are over-stimulated.
- Make sure you take the capsules out of any packaging before you attempt to give it to them, this will make the process quicker.
- Closing their mouth and massaging their throat will help them swallow the tablet and stop them spitting it out.
- Use a capsules giver if you are having trouble, this will make the task easier.
Tricks to Hide Dog capsule
So your veterinarian prescribed Capsules for your dog. Just as with human medication, animal Capsules come in different shapes and sizes. You may be lucky and have tiny Capsules, or you may be unlucky and be stuck with horse-sized Capsules. Regardless, most likely the Capsules are not flavoured, so giving them may be an arduous task. No worries! There are several tricks of the trade, and I will also share some ideas I have come up with when pilling my dogs. Here are several:
1.Hide the Capsules in your dog’s food
When it comes to how to get a dog to take a Capsule without them actually noticing, hiding the medicine in their food might just do the trick, especially if your dog has a healthy appetite. Generally, it’s best to choose food with strong flavours that can easily be lumped to hide the Capsule inside. Ideally, you should start giving a few pieces of the specific food or treat first before giving them the one with a tablet inside.
2.Give it just before their daily walk
Many dogs can’t contain their excitement when they know that you’re about to walk them. Because they’re distracted, this is an opportune time to give your dog a Capsule. You can give it as soon as you step out the door, or maybe at the park where he’ll be busy looking at the surroundings. Remember to bring some treats with you so you can use them together with the Capsule.
3.Pretend to eat the hidden Capsule
Whenever you are eating, you’ve probably noticed that your dog always wants what you are having. You can use this to your advantage. Hide the Capsule inside the food, and pretend to eat it. At this point, your dog is likely eagerly expecting or even begging you to give them some. It is the perfect time to plop the treat with the Capsule as your dog excitedly gobbles it up.
4.Invite their canine friend
If you have another dog, call them over for snack time. When there’s some competition for getting food, dogs tend to be more eager to eat. Give a few pieces to both of them first. Afterwhich, you can then give the snack with the Capsule to your dog.
5.Ask your vet for a palate-friendly Capsule
Nowadays, innovations have been made, including oral medications that are pleasant to your dog’s taste buds. If palate-friendly Capsules are available for the kind of medication your dog needs, especially if your dog is choosy when it comes to what to ingest, it may be the simplest way to medicate them.
6.Open the Capsule bottle away from your dog
Have you ever noticed that when you rattle the kibble container, your dog will come running from the other side of your home?
This is because your dog associates the sound of the kibble with mealtime.
While this is an example of a good association, your dog can also make bad associations…
Such as the sight and sound of you popping the foil on a Capsule packet or opening the pill bottle. Your dog will associate this noise with the Capsule he hates so much. The pattern becomes especially apparent if you medicate daily.
7.Combine Capsule time with your daily walk
Have you ever noticed how distracted your dog is when on a walk? With so many different sights, smells and sounds, it’s difficult for your pup to know where to focus…
And that’s exactly what makes this the perfect time to give your dog a hidden Capsule– he will be much less suspicious while he is distracted by his surroundings.
Of course, this means you will need to bring your treats with you on a walk. But having one extra thing to carry is worth it if your dog takes his medication.
8.Crush it up
Did your Vet give you Gas Pills For your Dog, well the all-clear to crushing your dog’s medication? Awesome. Crushed Capsules can be easier to hide than solid tablets.
First, you need to crush your dog’s Capsule into a fine powder. While you can use a mortar and pestle, rolling pin or even a hammer; those of you who medicate your dog’s daily may find using a dedicated Capsule crusher easier
how to give a dog a capsule with a syringe?
These should come with a dropper or syringe for administration. Fill the dropper or syringe with the prescribed amount of medicine. Holding your dog’s head still with one hand, insert the tip of the dropper or syringe into a corner of the mouth, between the cheek and teeth, aiming toward the back of your dog’s head, then squeeze the dropper or depress the syringe plunger to empty it.
- Make sure you do this slowly so your dog has time to swallow the liquid and breathe normally.
- Do not tilt your dog’s head back; this may cause your dog to inhale the medicine.
- Hold your dog’s mouth closed and stroke their throat or blow on their nose to encourage swallowing.
- Reward your dog after with a treat approved by your veterinarian.
These are probably the toughest medication to give dogs, especially bitter tasting formulas. But not to worry, we’ve got a secret: cottage cheese is a great food to hide powder medicine! Cottage cheese is strong-smelling with great consistency for mixing in powders. Start off with a 1 tsp to 1 tbsp ratio. For each teaspoon of powdered medication, mix with one tablespoon of cottage cheese. Add additional cottage cheese as needed until the powder is no longer visible.
- Avoid cottage cheese if your dog has issues digesting dairy.
- You can also try mixing the powder in pureed carrots or other wet, strong-smelling foods.
Work with Your Veterinarian to give a dog a capsule
If none of the above strategies is working, and medication time is proving to be a chore, reach out to your vet for assistance. He or she may be able to give you tips that will make the process proceed more smoothly.
At other times, it may be possible for your vet to change the prescription. For example, some medications are available in more than one form; if your dog doesn’t like taking a liquid medication, your vet may be able to contact the pharmacy (or an online pet pharmacy) and have them prepare the medication in tablet or capsule form.
Pharmacists can also occasionally flavour medications to make them less objectionable.
Delivring a Capsule to dog With food
If your dog is not dependent on dietary restrictions and your veterinarian says that medicines can be administered with food, the easiest way to give a Capsule to a dog is to hide it in a piece of food.
If you have a pet that swallows dog food from a can without thinking about it, you can try to make tiny meatballs out of the wet food to hide the pill, says Dr. Trimble. I have tried to put Capsule in my pockets (which has made my dogs sick), stick capsules in the food, put some kind of flavour or something else like coconut oil on what I put in my dog food and I have even tried sticky capsules with things like cheese, peanut butter, bananas (which my dogs like), frozen foods and other foods instead of their usual food
We’ve listed some of the most effective techniques below:
Any type of dog-safe sausage, bratwurst, or hot dog can make a great hiding place for a small pill or capsule. Most dogs tend to just gulp down small slices of these treats, which will help prevent them from tasting the bitter Capsules inside.
2. Peanut Butter
Most dogs love peanut butter, and its rich taste and smell can help mask the bad taste of some liquid medications. You could even crush up a tablet and mix it in with some xylitol-free, dog-safe peanut butter, assuming your vet blesses this approach (some Capsules should not be broken or crushed).
Be sure to use creamy peanut butter, as dogs may try to chew crunchy varieties, which could cause them to taste the Capsule.
A small cheese cube is one of the best ways to get your dog to wolf down a foul-tasting tablet. American, cheddar or Swiss are probably the best options, but I’ve always found Babybel cheeses (or pieces thereof) work perfectly.
Some dogs can experience digestive difficulty after eating cheese, so avoid giving them gigantic pieces, unless you are sure your pup’s tummy can tolerate it.
Many dogs would sell their soul for a bit of cooked chicken or salmon skin, and these items can be very effective for hiding Capsules.
Just cook up the skins on a cookie sheet until they are slightly crispy, wrap them around the Capsule in a tight ball and give your dog the tasty treat. The fats in the skin will help disguise most of the bad-tasting medicine.
5. Capsule Pockets
Greenie’s, Milk-Bone and several other manufacturers produce great-tasting treats that are specifically designed to hold a Capsule or capsule inside.
In addition to being delicious for your dog, many of these canine Capsule pocket products can be moulded so that they completely surround the medicine, which will help prevent the gross medicine from touching your dog’s mouth very much.
6. Canned Food
If your dog’s medicine comes in liquid form, you can simply mix it in with a bit of canned food. You needn’t feed your dog a whole can; in fact, you probably shouldn’t.
Just offer your dog enough canned food to adequately mask the taste of the medicine to ensure your dog gets the full dose – a couple of tablespoons will usually do.
You can force a hard tablet into just about any soft dog treat and then give it to your dog. I like Canine Carry Outs for this purpose, but they have to be fresh to stay together once the Capsule is inside.
Try to use the smallest treats possible, so your dog will spend less time chewing on them before swallowing.
8. Capsule Droppers
Capsule poppers or “pill guns,” as they are sometimes called, are essentially long syringe-like tools that are used to deposit a Capsule or squirt some liquid medication into the back of your dog’s throat.
This helps prevent your dog from tasting the medicine, but it can be tricky to get the hang of these tools.
Forcing Dogs to Take Capsules May Lead to Bites
Hunting him down with a Capsule in your hand is a daunting and unnerving task. It leads to problems. Your dog may become defensive, and this can lead to a bite. Often this happens when your dog is in a corner with no way out or under a bed as his flight option (ability to flee) is taken away.
Trying to pull him out from under a bed is unsafe and so is chasing him down and cornering him. Of course, this doesn’t apply to all dogs—many dogs have higher bite thresholds than others—but keep in a corner of your mind that any dog (yes, even the angelic ones with halos over their heads) will bite in certain circumstances.
There’s no denial over the fact that fighting your dog to get him to ingest his Capsules is not a pleasant task. It could also affect your future interactions with your dog. If you forcefully open your dog’s mouth to push that Capsule down his throat, a time may come where he won’t allow you to touch his mouth area anymore.
He’ll likely say “Hasta la vista, baby!” and turn his head the other way. This may translate into difficult future veterinary exams when his mouth needs to be checked.
So how can you make giving Capsules a more pleasant task? There are several tricks of the trade. We will see several options in the next paragraph, along with some tricks and options to muffle that awful taste.