Asked by: Loreta Onoprienko
Questioner General

How do I get my puppy to eat a pill?

Gently press the pup's lips against his teeth to encourage it to open its mouth. Or, slip one finger inside its mouth and gently press the roof of its mouth and the dog will open wide. Then use your other hand to push the pill to the back of his tongue, quickly close its mouth, and stroke its throat until it swallows.
22 Related Question Answers Found

Osane Jeza


Can I crush my dogs pills?

The first thing to consider is if the medication can be crushed in the first place. Tablets with an enteric coating and capsules are usually meant to be absorbed further down in the GI tract. Even if you can crush a pill without affecting its potency, you may not be able to get your pet to eat it.

Scotty Kachemaev


How do you give a dog a pill capsule?

Drop the pill or capsule as far back over the tongue as possible, then immediately close the mouth and blow on the dog's nose which will encourage her to swallow. If you are unable to get the pill far enough over the base of the tongue, the dog will spit it out.

Thersa Itts


How do you give a dog a pill on an empty stomach?

If your dog has to take his medication on an empty stomach (without food), here are some tips to make medicating him easier:
  1. Place the pill between the thumb and the index finger of one hand.
  2. Gently fold the upper lip over the teeth as you open the mouth.
  3. Rotate your wrist to tilt the head upwards.

Roza Guitton


How long does it take for a dog to have an empty stomach?

Because dogs have a simple stomach structure, once the stomach is filled with food, it will empty within a few hours as food moves into the small intestine. After 8 to 10 hours, an empty stomach begins to send signals to the brain stimulating a hunger response.

Beverlee Maksutov


What is a pill pocket for dogs?

Greenies Pill Pockets are a nutritious treat for dogs and cats that contain a built-in pocket, perfect for hiding a tablet or capsule. Pets love the taste so much they won't even notice there's medication inside! For cats and dogs with allergies, use the Duck and Pea Pill Pockets.

Ahinoa Orpi


What can I put crushed pills in?

Take your crushed pills with food or a liquid other than water.

Good food options for mixing crushed medications include:
  • Applesauce.
  • Pudding.
  • Milk.
  • Fruit juice.

Kallie Cordeira


Is cheese bad for dogs?

Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn't lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog's reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don't overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat.

Houari Arrojado


Can puppies have peanut butter?

It is safe for people, but toxic to dogs. Don't keep your pup in suspense any longer. Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter as long as it is fed in moderation and does not contain xylitol, so get out that peanut butter jar and share the good news.

Zurab Badzinski


Is peanut butter good for dogs?

Generally speaking, any peanut butter that doesn't contain xylitol (or chocolate) should be fine for a dog. It can be a good source of protein and healthy fat for your dog — in moderation, of course. However, some peanut butters are healthier than others. Xylitol is technically an "all natural" sweetener!

Elisabeth Sayah


Are marshmallows safe for dogs?

Yes, you can use marshmallow for dogs on very rare occasions. Your dog can have regular, plain sugar marshmallows if you're determined to give your dog a tasty, sweet treat. Also, make sure that the marshmallows do not contain Xylitol or chocolate, both of which are toxic to dogs.

Pankaj Shamonin


Can I dissolve tramadol in water for my dog?

Give tramadol exactly as it was prescribed for your pet. For pain relief, the usual dose in dogs is 0.45-1.8 mg/lb of pet's weight given by mouth every 8-12 hours. Allow plenty of water for your pet to drink. Tramadol can be given with or without food.

Joita Lupiañez


Arcadie Grafenauer


How do you give a dog a pill with peanut butter?

Gently rub the dog's nose or throat, or blow lightly on the dog's nose. This should stimulate swallowing. Make sure that you have carefully read the label and understand the dosing instructions. The easiest way to give a pill is to hide it in a small amount of canned dog food, peanut butter or cheez whiz.

Samual Stolz


Can dogs eat bananas?

Are Bananas Good for Dogs? Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C. In fact, sometimes veterinarians recommend this fruit as a healthy alternative to fatty, salty treats. However, like with any food item, you should only feed your dog bananas in moderation, especially since they contain a lot of sugar.

Kasper Manito


What can I hide my dogs Medicine in?

Pills. The easiest way to give a pill is to hide it inside something your dog or cat will be happy to swallow. Butter, peanut butter, canned food and commercial pill pockets are all possibilities. With some medications, you can open a capsule or pulverize a pill and sprinkle it on a pet's food.

Franco Olabuenaga


Can dogs eat bread?

Plain white and wheat bread is generally safe for dogs to eat, provided they don't have any allergies, and it usually does not cause any stomach upset. Feeding your dog bread as a treat now and then won't hurt her, as long as she is also fed a complete and balanced diet and gets plenty of exercise.

Naual Papotto


Can dogs eat honey?

Honey is safe for dogs to eat in small quantities. Sugars can also cause tooth decay, so it might be a good idea to brush your dog's teeth if you do feed him honey. Raw honey should not be fed to puppies or dogs with compromised immune systems, as it may contain the presence of botulism spores.

Shondra Rustikov


Can I give my dog antibiotics on an empty stomach?

The most common side effect by far from the use of antibiotics is gastrointestinal upset. This includes both vomiting and diarrhea. Vomiting can sometimes be prevented by giving medication with food rather than on an empty stomach, but diarrhea is a different story.

Emerio Yunga


How many calories are in a pill pocket?

Large Pill Pockets (for capsules) contain 29 calories per treat. Small Pill Pockets (for tablets) contain 11 calories per treat.

Povilas Winkel


Can dogs eat hot dogs?

Hotdogs are fine for your dog to eat with moderation. Even if it's just onion or garlic salt, it's still toxic to dogs. Quality hotdogs are made with whole meats like pork, chicken, and turkey, all of which are fine for your dog.

Jasim Marzouk


Does Nexgard really work?

Nexgard and Bravecto will not repel fleas and ticks. However, studies show that within 2-4 hours of administration, Bravecto and Nexgard begin killing existing fleas. I believe Nexgard and Bravecto are safe and effective choices for most dogs and are a great alternative when topicals and collars are not an option.

Co-Authored By:

EveryThingWhat Staff Editor


25th January, 2020










90% of readers found this page helpful.


Click a star to add your vote