Swallowing a Pill – Teach your Pekingese How to Do It


Is your pet a master in swallowing a pill? Mine is not. And this post is all for you pet owners out there who are trying to figure out how to give a pill or two to your pet without all the hassle.

First off, do not give your pet any kind of medication until you have talked to your vet about it and that it is approved by him/her. Also, do not forget to ask for the proper dosage of the drug.

In order to give a pill, gently slip your thumb into the space behind one of his teeth and press in an upward manner. As his mouth begins to open, press down his lower jaw using your opposite thumb. Once opened, put the pill at the back of his tongue, at the middle of the mouth. If you put the pill far too forward, then he would just spit it out. Then gently close his jaw for a second of two and rub his throat until he swallows. If you see him licking his nose then the pill is already swallowed. Also, blowing into his nose will let him swallow faster.

Swallowing a Pill – Teach your Pekingese How to Do It

Swallowing a Pill

Suggestion Tips:

  • Meatball Trick. Use his dog food and hide the pill on a meatball that you will make out of his dog food.
  • Use Lunch Meat. Try rolling the meat into a thin strip of lunch meat.
  • Cheese. If the pill happens to be very small, then you can shove it down in the middle of a cheese chunk.
  • Butter-y Pill. There are times that simply rubbing the pill with butter is enough already.
  • Peanut Butter. Insert the pill in a glob of peanut butter. Since the pill would simply stick to the peanut butter, then he has no choice but to swallow it.

Crushed Pill Method

  • Use a mortar and pestle in crushing his pill.
  • Mix the crushed powder with a treat that your pet loves. Yogurt, dog food or peanut butter will do the trick.
  • Allow your pet to lick the spoon that is full of the mixed mixture.

Learning the trick on your pet swallowing a pill requires patience. Do not attempt to crush his pill if you have not read its indications, some pills are not supposed to be crushed. For a pet like a pekingese (or any breed that has a flat face), do not attempt the pill push method since it may endanger his breathing.

How do you give your pet his medications? Know other tricks that works quite well with your pet? Let us know by sharing it below.




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