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Tips to Give a Pill to a Dog – Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs

December 26, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs, Pet Products

Give a Pill to a Dog With Greenies Pill Pockets – Click here to learn more or to purchase Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs.

Greenies Pill Pockets are a great option for giving a pill to a dog that’s food-oriented. If dogs enjoy Greenies dog treats in general, they will Greenies Pill Pockets will be a good option.

What are Greenies Pill Pockets?

Greenies Pill Pockets are dog treats in the shape of a round little pouch. To give a pill to a dog using a pill pocket, the dog’s vitamin, pill or capsule is placed inside the hollow.

Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs are available in two sizes: small and large. They’re also available in two flavors: chicken and beef.

Tip: Small pet medications may fall out of the pill pocket while the dog is chewing. To keep the pill inside and affixed to the treat, place a dab of peanut butter or cream cheese inside the hollow, then stick the dog’s pill inside.


More Ways to Give a Pill to a Dog

It’s important to note that some dogs — dogs who tend to be picky eaters and don’t enjoy dog treats — won’t eat Greenies Pill Pockets. So these are not a good option for dogs who are selective eaters. For these dogs, it’s best to opt for another method like a pill shooter (also known as a pet pill gun)  or another alternative method to give a pill to a dog.

To learn more, read What is a Pill Shooter or Pill Gun? along with How Do I Give a Pill to a Dog?

Pictured: Greenies Pill Pockets for Dogs, available for $7.99 at PetSmart. (Click Image to Learn More or Purchase)

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What is a Pill Shooter or Pet Pill Gun?

December 25, 2009 By: admin Category: All Sick Dog Blog Posts, Cat Health and Cat Care, Cat Medications, General Dog Health, Pet Medications, Pet Pill Shooters, Pet Products

Creative Pet Products Bullseye Pill Gun for Pets, available for $7.99 at PetSmart. (Click to Learn More or Purchase)

Pill shooters, also known as a pet pill guns, are very helpful when it comes to giving pet medication to a dog or cat. Wondering “What is a pill gun?” or “How do you use a pill shooter?”

What Is a Pet Pill Shooter or Pill Gun?

A pill gun is a plastic syringe, with a pill holder located in the tip. You can use the pill shooter to give pet vitamins or pet medications in pill or capsule form.

It’s a great tool for pets who don’t want to take their medication! Using a pill gun, you’ll avoid sticking your hand in the dog’s or cat’s mouth, so it’s less intrusive for the animal  (thereby making the pet medicating process less unpleasant for the cat or dog.)


Using a pill gun will also reduce your chances of sustaining a dog bite or cat bite, since you’re not sticking your fingers inside the pet’s mouth. Accidental cat and dog bites are fairly common as an owner is trying to give a pill, since the pet is more apt to snap his jaws closed in an attempt to avoid the medication.

How to Use a Pill Gun to Give a Pill to a Dog or Cat

Use a pill shooter to give a pill to a dog or cat by following these steps:

  1. Withdraw the plunger and place the pill in the tip of the pill shooter.
  2. Grasp the dog’s/cat’s jaw, with your fingers at the corners of the mouth. Apply a slight bit of pressure; this will cause the dog/cat to open his mouth.
  3. Place the pill shooter in the pet’s mouth, with the tip pointed at the back of the mouth/throat and depress the plunger to release the pill.
  4. Immediately close the dog’s/cat’s mouth and gently pet from the chin to the neck to promote swallowing.
  5. Give the cat/dog a treat as a reward.  Offering a pet treat will make the pet associate the medicating experience with something positive, thereby making the pet less resistant to taking pills in the future.

Pictured: Creative Pet Products Bullseye Pill Gun for Pets, available for $7.99 at PetSmart. (Click Image to Learn More or Purchase)

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