Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Ed & Tess's Favorite Things: Greenies Pill Pockets

Shortly after I brought Tess home, I started noticing she was "leaking."  A quick (but expensive -- so many tests!) vet visit confirmed she was spay incontinent.


To remedy this, we give her Proin.  While I'd love to ween her down even further, our sweet-spot seems to be 1 pill a day (at night with dinner).  When we started giving her this pill, we would put it in a glob of peanut butter.  After several months, this stopped working.  We moved to cheese which worked for about a year, until she would eat the cheese and spit out the pill. Then, we tried pepperoni.  This lasted the longest, but it too eventually stopped working.


Over the past year, we landed on Greenies Pill Pockets.  I never thought I would waste my money on these, but what a difference they've made!  For several weeks after the pepperoni stopped working, it was a constant battle trying to get the pill down Tess's throat.  These changed that completely. Tess actually gets excited when she hears the pill bottle opening, instead of slinking away.  We use the Duck & Pea variety which are super stinky (read: super yummy for pooches).


While they are a bit pricey, the stress they have relieved (on both parties!) is totally worth it.  We've also found that they are cheaper at our vet.  Does anyone else use Pill Pockets for medications?  Has anyone tried the homemade pill pocket recipe? I'm thinking if I add some fish oil they will be stinky enough for Tess's liking!

8 comments:

  1. We use pill pockets too! I find the price is pretty good online through Drs. Foster & Smith

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    1. We'll have to check this out! I got a Petsmart gift card for Christmas last year and since we don't buy their food there anymore, I figured I could spend it all on Pill Pockets and stock up! LOL

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  2. Hazel is the WORST about taking meds! I would get so stressed out because she had some flare ups that required prednisone. No matter what I tried, she would spit them out. I ended up cutting up hot dogs and sliding the pill down into the middle of a slice. I hated the fact that she was eating crap, but she needed the pill more! I have never tried these..Thankfully the only thing she needs now is an occasional Benadryl, and if I get gel caps, I can just mix them with her food and she gobbles it up without me having to do an undercover mission.

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    1. We hear ya! Once Tess stopped taking them in PB/cheese/pepperoni, we began crushing them into a powder and mixing it into PB. But it was SO time consuming and she had become aware that we hid things in PB, she would be reluctant to eat it. We had to resort to shoving them down her throat which was pretty traumatic for all parties.

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  3. Kaya & Norman will gobble pills up with their kibble (they get the occasional benadryl) but Zoey is a bad pill taker & needs 2 a days for her skin issues. Our magic trick has been coating them in butter. Works every time! And cheap too:)

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    1. You have the best dogs! We'll have to try butter!!

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  4. We haven't ever used pill pockets, but I usually hide pills in Baby Bel cheese because it's so soft. Then I make the dogs do tricks so that they want to "earn" the treat. That makes them eat it so much quicker.

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    1. We've definitely used Tess's pills as a reward, and it works SO WELL now that she looks forward to the Pill Pocket. Unfortunately, it would work with the other pill coatings. Babybel is a great idea (plus it's a great human snack, too!).

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