How to Make Supplements Taste Better
There are two things you need to keep in mind to make supplements taste better.
The taste of the supplements itself is obvious. But don't forget about the scent!
Pets have a very keen sense of smell. If they smell something they don't like, chances are they won't even consider tasting it!
Below are some ideas to sneak the scent and flavor of supplements past your pet's keen senses.
Mix with Wet Food
Many pets find it easier to consume supplements when they are mixed with their regular wet food.
You can crush or grind the supplements and mix them thoroughly with a small portion of wet food.
The strong aroma and flavor of the wet food can help mask the flavor and smell to make supplements taste better.
A Sneaky Trick for Cats
Mix the appropriate dose with fish oil and mix it thoroughly with wet, meaty cat food.
The fish oil does a great job at hiding the scent, and even more so when mixed with wet, meaty cat food.
Hide in Treats
Another effective method to make supplements taste better is hiding them inside a treat or a small piece of food that your pet loves.
You can use soft treats, such as cheese, peanut butter, or commercially available soft treats designed for hiding medication.
Simply conceal the supplement inside the treat and offer it to your pet.
Make sure to check ahead of time to make sure the treat is safe for your pet to consume on a regular basis.
A Sneaky Trick for Dogs
This trick is excellent if your dog needs a liquid dose. It works great for loose herbs and powders as well.
Cut up a slice of bread into 1 inch squares. Keep the squares in a baggie in the refrigerator to keep them fresh.
- Keep a pound of raw ground meat in the refrigerator.
At dosing time, make a thin patty of the ground meat and place a bread square in the middle of the patty.
- Measure the the appropriate amount of supplement and put it on the bread where it will quickly be absorbed.
Roll the bread, with the extract, up in a meatball and throw it to your little buddy who will be jumping up and down in anticipation of the “treat” you are preparing.
Pill pockets are specially designed treats with a built-in pouch where you can insert the supplement. They work better with dogs than they do with cats.
You can easily find pill pockets online or in your local pet store.
Pill pockets are available in different flavors and sizes to accommodate various types of medication. You can also get all-natural pill pockets.
Simply place the supplement inside the pocket, mold it closed, and offer it to your dog.
Homemade Pill Pocket Recipe
Yes, you can easily make healthy pill pockets at home!
All you need is:
- 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter, almond butter, or anything similar. Read the label and make sure your butter doesn't contain Xylitol. Xylitol is fine for humans but toxic to dogs.
- 1/2 cup quick oats
- 1/4 cup water
- Put quick oats in the blender or food processor and grind them up.
- Then, mix all ingredients in a small bowl and mix until dough consistency.
- Roll into small balls. The recipe makes approximately 12 dough balls. Store in the refrigerator.
- To use, press the capsule or tablet into the ball and wrap the dough around until fully enclosed.
Try Different Forms
Some herbs and supplements are available in different forms such as capsules, powders, liquids, or chewable tablets.
If your pet dislikes the taste of a specific form, you could try a different form to see if they find it more acceptable.
For example, if your pet dislikes the taste of a powder supplement, you can switch to a chewable tablet or a liquid formulation.
If your pet is particularly sensitive to taste, you may need to gradually introduce the supplement into their diet.
Start by offering a very small amount of the supplement mixed with their favorite food or treat.
Increase the amount slowly over time, giving your pet a chance to acclimate to the taste.
Consult Your Veterinarian
If none of the above methods work, it's best to consult your veterinarian.
Your vet may be able to recommend alternative supplements or provide additional guidance based on your pet's specific needs.