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Old 06-04-2011, 07:25 AM   #1
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Pill pockets for pets

I used to work the "mouth" on all my dogs...for some reason, I never did this with Roz. I can't open her mouth and "shove" a pill down her throat. She's smart--she can smell the pill if I wrap it in bread, cheese, or peanut butter. I had an "ah-ha" moment at the grocery store yesterday. I picked up a package of chicken hearts (Roz will eat raw meat). So...I tucked her antibiotics into the center of the heart, and got her antibiotics into her. I did teach her to "take things off a fork" so I pierced the heart that had the drugs in it and offered it to her off a fork. It worked. Nature's pill pockets. If you have a dog that is difficult to pill, try chicken hearts as pill pockets.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:31 AM   #2
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Recently we had to give ours some antibiotics for porcupine quills. It didn't go well at first. I started to crush them with a meat cleaver and mix them in with wet dog food. It worked pretty good. He was finding them in everything at first. I stuck one in a piece of cooked bratwurst and threw it up in the air and he caught it.(we regularly play this game). He chewed it down and "ploop!" out came the pill on the floor. lol
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:37 AM   #3
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Originally, I could just put the pills in with her food, but she's gotten fussy--is mostly eating only protein. I have dissolved pills in water and "shot" those in with a syringe, but a dog that won't let you handle its mouth is a challenge. Roz is a rescue dog that had a lot of issues re: handling (hence, why she was never placed). She generally lets me do whatever to her, but when I tried to open her mouth and pop the pills in, she growled at me. I take a growl seriously so I didn't push it. I had to figure out another way to get the drugs in her...And, I'm happy to report, she is doing very well for an 11-yr. old Saint with "can't tell what is really wrong" issues.

Glad to hear your dog recovered from that incident!
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:47 AM   #4
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try cooked chicken liver. Our dogs love it and can't wait to get it in their greedy little maws.
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Old 06-04-2011, 07:51 AM   #5
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I debated between the chicken liver and the chicken hearts. Because she spit out the pill with every wrap I tried (including digging a pit in cheese and tucking the pill in), I decided the "hole" in the chicken heart might be my best bet. Chicken liver is on her menu (we feed our dogs a raw diet, so they eat raw meat), but the hearts were bought for the "pocket." I make liver cubes out of chicken liver and yogurt--frozen in ice cube trays and stuffed in kongs. I can PM you the recipe if you are interested. I also make liver brownies...
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:59 AM   #6
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I generally use bread with peanut butter. One piece with the pill, and a 'followup' piece without. If they think there is another treat coming, they generally gulp the first one quickly. It helps that I have 3 dogs--they do not want the other dog to get the treat.
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:01 AM   #7
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I have always wondered why they don't make pet medication in the form of tasty treats. Have they ever?
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:00 AM   #8
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I had a Golden years ago that could find a pill in anything and spit it out.

I ended up just opening his mouth and pushing the pill down the side of his throat as instructed by the vet.

This was the routine for his heartworm pills years ago when it was a daily pill. When he heard the pill bottle rattling he'd come over and sit in front of me and relax his mouth for his pill.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:21 AM   #9
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I have always wondered why they don't make pet medication in the form of tasty treats. Have they ever?
Dog meds and our meds are very often the same, just using a different name. And I imagine anything tasty would not have the shelf life they want.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:32 AM   #10
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I have probably pilled more dogs than any of you. Sometims it works, sometimes it doesn't. This is why I used to do a "training" exercise of opening the dog's mouth and shoving a treat in. I didn't do that with Roz. I did, however, do that with my Missy. This is why I could keep her to die at home. I could pill her and she would swallow the pill. Believe me, Roz is a "chow hound" and will typically eat any thing and everything. However, because of being "sick" she's off her food, fights back when I try to open her mouth and shove a pill in, and so getting her to take peanut butter, etc.wrapped around her meds, is tricky. I would encourage all of you with young dogs to work the mouth so that you can open it and "shove" a pill in (but play this game with soft treats--pb, liver, etc.).
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