What is the best way to give your poodle a pill?

If you are like so many poodle and dog owners, you have probably had to give your poodle a pill at some point in time and sometimes that can be a real challenge. Poodles are smart, and even when you hide the pill in their food bowl or a tasty treat, they can tell that it is there and will refuse it or spit it out.


giving a poodle a treat

Lucy, our Poodle loves getting a tasty treat!

So, what is the best way to give your poodle a pill?

I recommend hiding it inside something small and tasty that they usually crave and would gladly eat as a treat. Here are the top ten ideas from care2.com. I have used one or two of these myself.

• In a hotdog
• In a piece of cheese
• In liverwurst
• In cream cheese
• Wrap it in bacon and drop it on the floor
• Put it in peanut butter on a spoon and turn the spoon upside down for them to lick off
• In pill pockets
• In a raw hamburger
• In a spoonful of hummus–just the right consistency for no spitting
• Hide it in a spoonful of coconut oil. Coconut oil is good for dogs and most love it.

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Dogs are funny creatures and are so picky sometimes. I had a cocker spaniel who was so talented at picking things out that he liked and leaving things behind that he didn’t. He could eat a bowl of my home made beef stew that I would make for him and leave a ring of peas around the outside edge of the bowl!!

Since poodles are the second smartest breed of dogs in the world, you have to be one step ahead of them if you want to succeed in getting the medicine down.

What have you tried when it comes to finding the best way to give your poodle a pill?



  1. I have always had luck with giving my dogs a pill, and have done this for many years. Take a small pat of butter and hide the pill in it. It slides down and all my dogs loved butter. You might have to give him a little butter first (without the pill) and I can almost guarantee your dog will come back for the second piece with the pill. Unless the dog is ”super-picky”.

  2. admin says:

    That is something I never tried, but my dogs always like the soft, chewy and smelly treats the best. So, I would stick the pill inside one of those and they scarf them down! Thanks for your comments!

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