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Dogs and pills....

Hi everyone, I have not been to this forum for a while now....

I needs some help! I have a 9 year old chow, her name is Tia. She has had a ton of ear problems ever since we had her spayed. Well her left ear has swollen shut and she is on CEPHALEXIN for that until the vet can actually see in her ear.
We have been dealing with this for about 5 years now and nothing we have done has worked.
Anyway my problem atm is that she will not take her meds. She is very smart and because she knows that we have pills for her she will not eat anything! ANYTHING!
So I have been trying to just give her the pills myself, well she is now clenching her teeth and will not let me in. I can get my thumb in her mouth so that I can 'somewhat' get the pill in but then she starts chewing. She is not bitting me, just chewing on me.
I dont know what to do! She is never gong to get any better if she doesnt take her pills.......

We have tried so many things! We tried dissolving them and giving it to her in a syringe, putting the pills in food (all foods!) and giving them to her ourselves.

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82861 tn?1333453911
Sometimes it's not easy developing a pilling technique.  Over the years I've learned to do it in one second flat.  The dog never knows what happened.  The trick is to get the pill so far back in the throat that there's no choice but for it to go down.  The faster you do it, the less resistance you'll get from the dog because he doesn't have time to think about it and become traumatized.

Place your left hand over the top of the muzzle.  That will put your thumb on one side of the corner of the mouth and your forefinger on the opposite side.  Push thumb and opposing forefinger into the mouth and against the teeth.  It's kind of like opening the top of a box lid.  I have yet to experience a dog who will not open his mouth at this point even when clenching, but there's always a first time.

Using your right hand, quickly poke the pill down the throat past the point where the tongue rises against the roof of the mouth.  Do not let go of the upper muzzle until your hand is out of the dog's mouth.  Give lots of praise and pet the throat area to encourage the dog to swallow.  I'll usually give a treat when it's over.  You want to associate pilling with a pleasant experience.  As long as you work quickly, stay calm and remain matter-of-fact about it, you dog shouldn't become tense and resist as much.

Pilling takes some practice, but it's really not difficult.  You might ask your vet to show you how to do it.  It's always easier to see it in person than trying to muddle through with written instructions.  The more you do it, the faster you'll get, and your dog really won't hold it against you.  :-)
741741 tn?1294284010
Thank you!
I have called my vet and I am waiting for a call to go in.....
'My vet' is not in but I having been speaking with her college (they both know Tia well) and I will be getting her meds in liquid forum. My vet has also had trouble with Tia and this same thing.
I guess I should have also mentioned that Tias jaw is VERY sore from the infection in her ear.
My mom bred labs for 17 years and so we share a lot of our info with each other and she had even said to try crushing them in yogurt and giving them to her that way (tia loves yogurt) and that didnt work either.....

Thank you and over the weekend I will be giving them to her myself.
675347 tn?1365460645
I don't know if my technique (tried and tested hundreds of times) will work with Tia, or not. Whether this method is effective does depend on whether your dog is interested in food, hungry, greedy....etc. If not, it probably won't work.

Get two small lumps of something fairly soft which your dog likes....such as, cheese, brown bread, sausagemeat, etc Something which will cover, and cling to, the pill.
Wrap the pill in one of the pieces so it is totally covered, (don't let your dog see the pill, or see what you are doing!) Hold that piece up for the dog, say "sit". At the same time, let the dog see the SECOND piece (which has nothing in it)
Then toss the first piece, while keeping the second piece on show. I can guarantee, that piece with the pill in it will go down the dog's throat without touching the sides!
Then immediately give the second piece.
The dog won't have a clue it has been given a pill!  It will think it's had a treat. Happy dog.

I do that routine every single morning, to give my dog her Glucosamine pill (which is quite a large capsule)  

82861 tn?1333453911
LOL!  Nice trick!  That one worked for a while with one of our dogs.  Didn't take long for her to mouth the treats, swallow the good stuff and spit out the pill.  She's the reason I had to learn to do a "proper" pilling.  LOL
675347 tn?1365460645
Yeah....they're not stupid are they? lol! I think that my method only works with my dog because she is so incredibly greedy and doesn't chew it
741741 tn?1294284010
Well Monday I will be going in to get the liquid forum of this med. Tia has not eaten anything in about 5 days now. She will not eat at all! She is a little over weight so we are not to concerned yet.
Hoping for the best....
Thank you all!
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Just curious but have you tried the pill plunger that would allow you to get the pill at the back of the throat and plunge it down quickly? This is what I do with all my dogs and cats and so far has always worked. I did try the hotdog thing first with the lab and he spit the pill out and ate the hot dog so I feel for you there lol. good luck! and if you havent tried the plunger do! its cheap and may help... at least i hope so!
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With my mini schnauzer, I just pry her mouth open with one hand & shove the pill as far down her throat as I can, then I hold her mouth shut with one hand & rub her throat with my index & middle finger the other hand until I feel her swallow.

It's not so easy with my chihuahua though.  He moves around like a little wiggle worm so it's difficult to get the pill very down in his throat.  Then he starts foaming at the mouth, chewing the pill up into smaller pieces, spitting them out, etc.  The best way we've found to get him to take a pill is to tear off a small piece of sliced deli ham, smear the inside of it with peanut butter, stick the pill in there, & roll it back up.  Kind of like a mini wrap.  He eats this up no problem.  And peanut butter is so thick & sticky that it makes it hard for them do seperate the pill from it, so they just eat it without really noticing.

Best of luck to you!  Hope your little pup gets to feeling better soon.
741741 tn?1294284010
Well this morning I woke up to my neighbors Mastiff attacking my 13 month old chow!
He is fine, hes so fluffy that the Mastiff couldnt get its teeth into him.......
We took Tia in today as well as Asher (our 13 month old), Tia is now getting injections. She doesnt even feel them, so thats great! But they are 2x the $$$. She is so worth it though!

Tia so smart, she knows that if we have pills for her, she will eat NOTHING, I really mean that, she will not eat a thing. She lost 4 pounds in a week. That and she is so fed up with the pills she bit my hand. The injections are great! She is still not eating, so we got her some gastor, helpfully she will start eating soon!!

Thanks everyone!!
942557 tn?1272694819
My little boy Pekingese will eat around soft food to avoid taking any meds and spits out anything with a pill hid in it.You could always try chicken broth and mixing the meds in with that.I have to try different ways for each one of my babies...lol.Hope that the shots will help her get well soon.
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