Thursday, December 11, 2014


Zoey is now on one pill a day for her allergies. The vet says she will need to take it every day for the rest of her life to stay healthy. The good news it, it's working! No more itching or twitching. No more scratching, bloody hot spots, relentlessly kicking her hind legs at her belly. No more cone head or sprays. She is so healthy and happy. Plus all the hair has grown back on her beautiful tail!

The bad news...Zoey hates pills. Like really hates pills. She'll fish them out of a bowl full of kibble, meat, cream cheese, peanut butter, pill pockets and anything else we tried. My dad can pry her jaw open and get the pill down the back of her throat but my mom and I never could. Plus we hate doing that to her.

When our new vet started treating her skin problems, she was on several pills morning and night. We asked if they had any suggestions on getting her to take them. They suggested coating the pills in butter.

We were shocked when she gulped them down and asked for seconds! We stared wide-eyed at her, thinking about all the times in her 11 years we had fought her on this issue. Kaya and Norman usually come over to see what the fuss is about and I let them lick my greasy hand...yum!

Do you have any "magic" tricks that work for your dog?

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  1. OH MY GOODNESS! That's crazy! Tess gets a pill for her incontience once a day and we tried all sorts of things to get her to take them (include shoving them down her throat which we ALL really, really hated). We finally gave in and bought pill pockets and she's been great about taking them. Worth every penny. There is a homemade recipe that floating around the web that I want to try. This is great to know -- wonder if this would get past Tess?

    1. Try it! Must be cheaper than pill pockets:)

    2. What the heck kind of pill is that?! It sounds amazing, we need to ask our vet if it would work for Maggie. Would seriously <3 to know! :)

    3. It's called Cyclosporine. Ask your vet about it. It's supposed to be easy on the system for long term use. She occasionally needs Prednisone for flare ups. She also gets medicated baths every other week. :)

  2. This is too cute! For our old family dog, we'd crush up tablets and put them in his food, which he didn't notice. We also would put them in peanut butter. Maeby is kind of a weirdo and she just eats her pills without anything to trick her...and then sits and waits for more. I always knew that dog would eat anything but that just confirms it.

  3. Oh great! So neat when you find something that works. I had a foster dog like that once, Pager, who had to take pills...I ended up pulverizing them and mixing with tuna fish...but even that didn't always work :)

  4. I'm going to try this the next time Haley needs to take a Benadryl pill. I usually have to hide it inside cheese, but butter is something you always have on hand.