We've tried a few things, including human food of various kinds, canned dog food, and Pill Pockets by Greenies. But nothing has been quite what we're looking for, so the hunt for an easy way to get our dog to take his pills continues.
Next up? Earth's Balance Pill Paste.
|Pill Paste and Desmond's morning meds|
Two very intriguing qualities of Pill Paste, to say the least.
Their flavor offerings of peanut butter and bacon seemed pretty good, too. Desmond does actually like those human foods. Or at least he does when he's not being a picky little brat face.
(editor's note: every time i type a mean thing about desmond, i always turn to look at him--he tends to be nearby while i'm writing blog posts--because i feel kind of bad calling him names. right now he's napping on the couch with his head on the armrest and the light is coming in at an angle making him look downright movie-cliche angelic. *swoon* you're not really a brat face, desmond. i take it back. you're a handsome devil.)
The paste is also low in fat, doesn't crumble, and won't dry out. On top of this, Earth's Balance products are made in the USA and are, as the name might imply, earth friendly and natural.
But what does all of this mean? What was the outcome here?
Well, I definitely prefer this to the Pill Pockets. I really like that it's NOT greasy and gross and stinky. And I really like that I can use the exact amount I want, and it's easy to shape just enough around the pill without cracking and pieces crumbling off.
I also really like that it comes in this tiny canister, like shoe polish size. It's very easy to store or pack up if you need to, say, hand it off to the pet sitter.
That being said, he didn't want anything to do with the Pill Paste either, really. I couldn't get him to take the pills as treats with the peanut butter flavor, but he did take the bacon flavor once with us just handing it to him like a treat, but I think that was more Desmond saying, "Ooh what is this new edible you have for me?"
For the most part, I think Desmond is just onto us. He knows what's up. And he's not going to fall for it. So the only real way to get him to take them at all is to include them with a bunch of other things he definitely wants. This is where jerky comes in handy (and canned dog food), as a decoy.
|Trick AND Treat|
The hunt will continue, though. If I can find something that will make Desmond take the pills with no issues at all, I will buy it bulk and probably purchase some stock as well.
What do you use to get your dog to take his medication? Am I missing some great secret? Help me out in the comments!
[FTC disclaimer]: Earth's Balance provided us with 1 canister of peanut butter Pill Paste and 1 canister of bacon Pill Paste in exchange for an honest review of their product.