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Feeding meds to a dog
on March 3, 2014
I give my senior dog his 30-zillion meds in his [canned, wet] food. Recently he started picking out the foul-tasting meds and dropping them on the floor. I am now putting the foul-tasting meds inside capsules to disguise the flavor, and this works great.
He's a small/medium dog who takes little dainty bites of his food. I was concerned that a larger capsule might be too big and he'd reject it, but he is eating his pills in the #1 capsules (in his food) without any problems.
I initially purchased size 3 capsules, thinking that if it held "about 200 mg" it would probably hold his 1/2 of a "50 mg" tablet--except I wasn't taking fillers into account, and the tablet is probably mostly fillers. It won't fit in a #3 capsule. So I looked, didn't find any decent packages of #2 capsules, and tried #1 capsules. I've uploaded a photo comparing the two sizes.
We get most of his meds from regular pharmacies, so they're fairly typically sized medications. He takes 1/2 tablet of most of them, and any of the halved pharmacy meds can fit easily in a #1 capsule, and he doesn't seem to notice that he is eating it along with his food.
I don't know how a smaller dog (or a cat, or a ferret, for example) might take the #1 capsules. They are pretty big; *I* wouldn't want to try swallowing one with just liquid to wash it down. But they're still smaller than, say, a pet treat, and if stuffed inside food they might go down easily enough.