Are you having trouble giving heartworm medicine to your dog? Is it nearly impossible to get your dog to take his heartworm medicine. Here are some ideas.
Some harmless hoodwinking may be in order, says trainer Mikkel Becker. Her go-to move is the “three-treat trick”: Wrap the pill in a slice of cheese, then cover it with xylitol-free peanut butter (most mainstream brands are), or insert it into a hollow snack, like Greenies Pill Pockets. In quick succession, give your dog one of his usual treats, then the disguised pill, then another of his usual treats.
Most dogs won’t notice (or taste) the hidden pill. If yours still rejects if, thought, as your vet about switching to a monthly topical ointment for heartworm or twice-yearly injections for heartworm, says veterinarian Karen Faunt. They can be pricier, but they’re equally effective at protecting your dog’s ticker. “Plus,” says Fount, “there is the added bonus of saving your sanity.”
Source: Real Simple Magazine