Peanut Butter On Dog Noses


I’ve been having a little bit of trouble giving Leroy some of the medication that he’s on.

He can be quite stubborn and smart when it comes to taking pills and it’s normally just a matter of time before he catches onto my sneaky pill disguising ways.

Not to mention the fact that he is extremely picky when it comes to eating something new so I have to be very careful in my pill disguise items of choice or I’m left with a soggy pill that is melting in my hands as I try to cram it down his throat before it disintegrates.

So I decided to try the messiest and tastiest thing I could find to disguise a pill.

Peanut butter.

Actually it was DOGSBUTTER. The immunity and digestive one. It has coconut oil and ginger in it but no sugar, salt or hydgrogenated oils.


I don’t know why I haven’t tried this before.



Yes I do.

Because it’s extremely messy when mixed with slobber.

But it works for now and that’s what matters.

So what are your tricks to getting your dog to take medications? Have you ever used peanut butter?


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28 Comments on Peanut Butter On Dog Noses

  1. Lauranne
    April 16, 2014 at 4:54 am (1 year ago)

    Mity is the best at eating whatever and then spitting the pill out. We tried everything, and then we found a pill crusher so now he gets pills crushed into dust and sprinkled on his food.
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  2. Emma
    April 16, 2014 at 7:06 am (1 year ago)

    Mom always uses peanut butter for me. I’m taking pills now for two weeks for my UTI and it works great but I am not picky. Katie on the other hand is pretty much impossible. She always knows what Mom is up to and usually just gets the pills down her throat as nothing else works. Glad this is working for him at least for a while.
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  3. Pip
    April 16, 2014 at 7:13 am (1 year ago)

    Oh, I will have to try that with Ruby’s pill. Thanks!

  4. 2browndawgs
    April 16, 2014 at 7:50 am (1 year ago)

    We use peanut butter. The regular kind. I also have to play it up like they are getting the most rare but tastiest treat ever. I look silly, but it works.
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  5. houndstooth
    April 16, 2014 at 8:36 am (1 year ago)

    We have used peanut butter. Our trick with Lilac was to never use the same thing twice in a row. If I used peanut butter yesterday, then today it would be cheese or pill pockets or liverwurst or a bit of hot dog or some other smelly morsel that would tempt her palette!

  6. Bailey
    April 16, 2014 at 9:10 am (1 year ago)

    Peanut butter was great for a while, but then Bailey caught on and started licking it off. So we resorted to cheese.
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  7. stella rose
    April 16, 2014 at 10:10 am (1 year ago)

    Yep our Mom has tried peanut butter, cheese, hamburger, hotdogs you name it…sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.
    stella rose

  8. Matt
    April 16, 2014 at 10:34 am (1 year ago)

    Tasha started to figure out what I was doing, hiding the pills in cheese then in wet dog food meatballs. So I added a little pressure. I made a second meatball that I would feed to Jax. Having them lie down near each other, I would give the ‘treat’ at the same time so Tasha wouldn’t have time to pick it apart with Jax so close. Meatball gone in a flash!

  9. Angie
    April 16, 2014 at 10:49 am (1 year ago)

    Peanut butter on a cracker…with just a spot of jam on top…both of my newfs love that. Capsules are the worst tho…when they crunch them…sometimes they are hard to hide..

  10. Diana Stoll
    April 16, 2014 at 10:57 am (1 year ago)

    Peanut butter is one of the few things that I can use for Glory (because of her food allergies), and thankfully she loves it. But I take extra care with it. For example, right now Glory is taking Tramadol, which tastes terrible — so terrible that if she gets a hint of the pill she will turn into a frothy mess and reject even peanut butter for who knows how long. So, I NEVER touch the pills. I get a little blob of peanut butter, use tweezers to stick the pill into it, then use a spoon to put another little blob of peanut butter on top. The outer surface of the peanut butter has not been touched by the pill or by hands that have touched the pill. Glory gobbles it down, and then I give her another treat (a biscuit or something with texture) to help get the residual peanut butter off her tongue. This works especially well if I’m giving multiple pills in multiple blobs of peanut butter — a build-up of peanut butter makes it harder for Glory to swallow, and biscuits in between blobs solves that issue!

  11. M. K. Clinton
    April 16, 2014 at 10:57 am (1 year ago)

    We wrap pills up in cheese, but I have sometimes resorted to the old gag him with my fingers routine by just getting it down his throat. Bassets are droolers too so it is always a drool fest!
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  12. Taryn
    April 16, 2014 at 11:07 am (1 year ago)

    My guys are usually very cooperative about pills. I can just pop them in their mouth and it’s gone. But what also works is….whenever I feed breakfast or dinner, I always save one “last bite” out from each bowl. The boys inhale their dinners and then come flying over for that last little taste. They are so anxious for it, they never check the spoon to see what’s there. It’s just grab what’s on the spoon and swallow! So I can plop a pill on top and they never even notice 😉
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  13. Jessica
    April 16, 2014 at 11:10 am (1 year ago)

    Silas’s Prozac dissolves very fast and (I’m guessing from his reaction) tastes bad once it does. We’ve found dry-but-soft treats work the best. It’s tricky, though. Too much force putting the pill in, and the treat crumbles.

    I’ve also gone for butter. Not peanut, real. Silas adores butter, and I can take a thin scrape and wrap the pill in it. I doubt it’s much more fat than in the peanut butter, because I’m able to use less.
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  14. Kelsie
    April 16, 2014 at 11:31 am (1 year ago)

    I used to have an extremely picky one when it came to pills as well, but his two favorite treats were marshmallows and peanut butter. So I would get one of those giant marshmallows, shove the pill inside, and coat the entire thing in peanut butter. Worked like a charm for him!
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  15. Two French Bulldogs
    April 16, 2014 at 12:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I love peanut butter. I eat it all and spit out the pill
    Lily (& Edward)

  16. Lindsay
    April 16, 2014 at 7:49 pm (1 year ago)

    I love that your dogs drool more than my dog! Thankfully Ace will eat anything, so it’s not hard for me to disguise his pills when I need to.
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  17. The OP Pack
    April 16, 2014 at 8:02 pm (1 year ago)

    Peanut butter is working so far with Phantom, but who knows for how long – everything else fails. Ciara is pretty easy – just wrap her two pills in a small piece of ham or turkey and it’s gone! Loved reading everyone’s comments.

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  18. KB
    April 16, 2014 at 11:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Ha – “extremely messy when mixed with slobber” – that never occurred to me. I either manually put the pill on the back of my dogs tongue and hold their mouth shut until they swallow OR I toss it in with their food. Pills are easy with our current Duo. I’m not sure why.

  19. sprinkles
    April 17, 2014 at 1:59 am (1 year ago)

    I’m not sure that I’ve ever given my boys peanut butter!

    I’m pretty lucky in that I can usually hide the pill in a piece of lunch meat and give it to them.

    I used to have to give drugs on the regular to one of my kitteh’s. The vet gave me a syringe and told me to stick the pill in where the needle would go. Then just shove it in the kitteh’s move and push the plunger on the other end. It actually worked!
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  20. Jan K
    April 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm (1 year ago)

    We’ve used peanut butter, but mostly we use cheese. The only problem with that is that if it’s not soft enough, it’s hard to wrap the cheese around the pill. But mostly it works pretty well, and they always like it.
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  21. judy @ bailey unleashed
    April 17, 2014 at 8:46 pm (1 year ago)

    i’ve never heard of dogbutter before. thanks for the tip!
    i usually just stick aoife’s pill in cooked chicken, sandwich meat, cheese, whatever i have on hand. she’ll eat anything. bailey on the other hand has such a tiny mouth and needs everything chopped to bits. it’s much harder to get a pill into her.
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  22. Nichole
    April 18, 2014 at 1:50 pm (1 year ago)

    OK, I confess… as soon as I saw the first photo I started singing “Lick It… Lick it Real Good” to the tune of Salt ‘n Pepa’s Push It………… it’s been a long week ……. lol
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  23. Jodi
    April 30, 2014 at 1:07 pm (1 year ago)

    I had the same problem with Sampson, something would work for a while then he’d get wise to it and spit it out. One of my readers suggested LIVERWURST. You can easily mold it around the pills (I do three at a time), it’s very stinky so it helps mask any ‘medicine’ odors AND it’s apparently very tasty too.

    My trick is this, first I mold two balls of three pills each and then I cut off a chunk of Liverwurst, I put the two balls and the chunk in my hand and rapidly offer them to Sampson, gulp, gulp, gulp all pills are gone.
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