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I need some serious help.

My dog has always taken her meds in peanut butter.

Just yesterday and today, she wants nothing to do with the peanut butter.

I really need her to take these meds (it's really important antibiotics).

What else can I put her meds in???

She NEVER refused peanut butter until last night & today.
 

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Piece of boiled chicken with a lick of butter or peanut butter chaser works well for us.

The chaser makes them swallow and covers any bad tastes. So bribe and then reward instead of just bribe.
 

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Piece of boiled chicken with a lick of butter or peanut butter chaser works well for us.

The chaser makes them swallow and covers any bad tastes. So bribe and then reward instead of just bribe.
so where does the pill go in all of that?
 

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Piece of boiled chicken with a lick of butter or peanut butter chaser works well for us.

The chaser makes them swallow and covers any bad tastes. So bribe and then reward instead of just bribe.
regarding the peanut butter, I tried to give her just peanut butter without the pill. Now she wants NOTHING to do with peanut butter at all. I think she has made a bad association with it.
 

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I find it easier and quicker to just put the pill/capsule directly in Samantha's mouth, at the back of her tongue, then just rub her neck, and of course a treat afterwards for being such a good girl. Probably not her favorite thing, but she tolerates it, and I always know I can get any oral medication into her when required.
 

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I use cream cheese. Works with both of mine, no problem. But I agree with the above; if there's any chance your dog isn't going to take it voluntarily, especially with something as important as antibiotics or similar, put it in the back of their mouth and rub their neck to get them to swallow, and then treat with something good afterwards.

I also smoosh together a handful of shredded cheddar around their fish-oil capsules in their supper, and they also eat that every time. It actually does stick together pretty good if you grip it pretty hard for 10-15 seconds! But it kind of makes a large-ish lump that will fall apart if they poke at it too long, so they're going to have to want to wolf it down post haste once it's in front of them.
 

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So, Lexi (our dog) is supposedly allergic to poultry. I don't think it is so much that she is "allergic," but rather a food sensitivity. She gets Apoquel daily to help with her allergies and we try to stay with foods that she is not allergic to (e.g., cows or pigs).

I took one of my husband's meatballs this morning and put it in there. That worked well. (I don't eat cows or pigs).

I have rolled it in ham cold cuts. It is a little challenging because if she catches onto it, she will spit it out.

I try the first piece with no pill. second piece with pill. Then the 3rd with no pill.

No perfect system yet. To add, the antibiotic is a strong one that the vet says I have to handle with gloves because it affects human bone marrow (Chloramphenicol).
 

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Cream cheese. Butter. Velveeta. Pill wrap. Either form it around the pill, or (if ok to) crush the pill and mix in, then smear onto teeth :) If crushing is ok, crush and mix with either broth or gravy, then offer as a "treat". When Annie was on a bunch of meds, and refusing to eat them, I had good luck for a long time crushing and mixing with gravy- I froze the gravy in ice cube trays, then used one cube to mix the meds with. Eventually she wised up and I switched to butter, mixing it and rubbing on her mouth, where it would melt and be licked down.

Cheese curls (crunch crunch crunch :) )- break in half, insert pill, chase pill piece with other piece. Hot dog (cut large enough to enclose pill). Chicken nugget. Anything she will gulp down without thought would work. I like to throw Bus' pills to him when he's on meds- throw the joint health chew, pill, fish oil, and he catches and swallows each without thought to get the next.

With Annie, I would also call Bus over and have him stand nearby if she was reluctant- the competition would usually inspire her to eat up. Or sometimes pretending like I had dropped it on the floor by accident and wanted to pick it back up would cause her to snatch it up as well :)
 

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Cream cheese. Butter. Velveeta. Pill wrap. Either form it around the pill, or (if ok to) crush the pill and mix in, then smear onto teeth :) If crushing is ok, crush and mix with either broth or gravy, then offer as a "treat". When Annie was on a bunch of meds, and refusing to eat them, I had good luck for a long time crushing and mixing with gravy- I froze the gravy in ice cube trays, then used one cube to mix the meds with. Eventually she wised up and I switched to butter, mixing it and rubbing on her mouth, where it would melt and be licked down.

Cheese curls (crunch crunch crunch :) )- break in half, insert pill, chase pill piece with other piece. Hot dog (cut large enough to enclose pill). Chicken nugget. Anything she will gulp down without thought would work. I like to throw Bus' pills to him when he's on meds- throw the joint health chew, pill, fish oil, and he catches and swallows each without thought to get the next.

With Annie, I would also call Bus over and have him stand nearby if she was reluctant- the competition would usually inspire her to eat up. Or sometimes pretending like I had dropped it on the floor by accident and wanted to pick it back up would cause her to snatch it up as well :)
I try to keep any sort of "dust" from the pill down because I have to handle the med with gloves because it affects human bone marrow. So, I don't want to risk breathing it in.

Today
- Won't look at peanut butter even if nothing is in it.
- Tried a hot dog (worked fine for her pain pill, but not for the pill that she really hates (the antibiotic that I have to handle with gloves)).
- wrapped in ham - didn't work.
- wrapped in pepperoni - didn't work

- cooked some meatballs (NO added flavors, spices, or sauces) and make them with a hole in them. This worked for today!!!!!

Trying to put it in her mouth to swallow it, absolutely doesn't work. Her jaw won't open for nothing. No locking jaw by any means (what a myth!!!), but she's definitely a little pit bull strong, LOL.

Her last antibiotic dose should be on 2/22. It can't come soon enough!!!

I hope it works again tonight. She has to take the med every 8 hours.
 

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When I was trying to give Samantha pills, by wrapping it, or rolling it in something she loved, like cheese or peanut butter, she would take it, chew furiously, swallow, then sort of smile and walk away. After she walked away, right where she was sitting would be the pill, just innocently sitting on the floor. I finally realized she was too smart to just gulp down anything I gave her, though she sure ate the cheese or whatever I buried the pill in. I then just decided that when she needed medication, it couldn't be her option to decide if, so I started just placing the pill in the back of her mouth and rubbing her neck. This method works every time, and she of course gets a treat after.
 

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When I was trying to give Samantha pills, by wrapping it, or rolling it in something she loved, like cheese or peanut butter, she would take it, chew furiously, swallow, then sort of smile and walk away. After she walked away, right where she was sitting would be the pill, just innocently sitting on the floor. I finally realized she was too smart to just gulp down anything I gave her, though she sure ate the cheese or whatever I buried the pill in. I then just decided that when she needed medication, it couldn't be her option to decide if, so I started just placing the pill in the back of her mouth and rubbing her neck. This method works every time, and she of course gets a treat after.
I tried that and unfortunately she won't have it. She won't open her mouth. It becomes a big power struggle with a 73 pound pit bull who is very stubborn. :dog-frown: :dog-frown:
 

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Have to agree, its probably a bit easier, and certainly less risky dealing with a 17 pound, very friendly poodle/bishon mix.
 

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Have to agree, its probably a bit easier, and certainly less risky dealing with a 17 pound, very friendly poodle/bishon mix.
Fortunately, no risk involved. She is very friendly and has an amazing temperment with all humans. But, if she doesn't want to budge her mouth open, she isn't going to budge. She keeps her mouth shut and runs away. But, come to think of it, any dog, no matter the size, if they don't want to open their mouth, they are going to give you a run for your money.

I don't have the same issue with her allergy med or pain med. This antibiotic must be very nasty tasting.

She was always awesome with her meds. She is used to getting allergy meds daily and I never had an issue.

This is one special case!!!!
 
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