Pills often come in two different versions.
The most appealing one is often meat
flavored and your PON will chew it up.
However, most pills shouldn't be chewed and
you need to find another method to get your
PON to take them.
The most popular strategy for medicating
your PON when giving pills is to hide
them in food. Some accepted foods for this
are cheese, bread and meat, pumpkin and
There are also pocket shaped treats that
you can buy to actually hide the
pills in. If you are going to medicate your
PON this way, you need to ask the
veterinarian which types of foods can be
used with each medicine because not all
human foods agree with dogs.
Most PONS prefer peanut butter, which can
be messy but works every time. Some
people even put peanut butter on a small
piece of bread, wrap the bread around the
pill (so that it is covered in peanut
butter) and give it to their PON. Typically,
you can just use creamy peanut butter by
itself and put a heaping spoonful on a
plate, or sometimes just on the spoon, and
then insert the pill. PONS just lap up the
peanut butter, pill and all. This technique
has a high success rate.
If this doesn't work for you, and you
have a calm PON, you can slide the pill
between cheek and gum and slowly push it
back behind the teeth. The PON's swallow
reflex will usually help get the pill
swallowed. However, be ware of some PONS
spitting out the pill when you walk away.
Open the PON's mouth and look under his
tongue. If the pill is still there, stroke
his neck to get him to swallow the pill.
I do not recommend trying to push the
pill down your PON's throat if you don't
know what you're doing. Ask your vet
to illustrate how to give your PON pills the
next time you visit. Good luck !