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    Our 4 year old got an operation to fix her cruciate ligament, and she's constantly on medication. I have to give her lots of pills in the morning and then lesser in the evening.

    Problem is she doesn't like it, so what i do now is crush it into powder, throw it over her food and add a pit of plain yoghurt and she eats it, but lots of the powder stay behind.

    Trying to feed her by hand with her food and her pills is an incredibly difficult task and especially with the amount of pills she has to swallow it really is not a solution. She spits out a lot of the pills.

    Our vet recommended giving her canned versions of her food but that would be so expensive. We are already struggling to pay the operation costs, and the meds are just piling up.

    Also, she had skin issues in the past, so i cannot feed her anything. Our vet only recommends she eats her dermatology food and nothing else really.

    Is there an inventive way for me to feed her her pills ? I would be so grateful.

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    Default Re: Giving her medication

    If your baby can have peanut butter we have put the pill in peanut butter and put on or fingers mixed with the pill and kind of scrap it in the the roof of their mouth. We have one that is a pain to give pills to. He eventually even figured how to not eat them then too! Lol
    I am sure others will have some advice. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hceril View Post
    If your baby can have peanut butter we have put the pill in peanut butter and put on or fingers mixed with the pill and kind of scrap it in the the roof of their mouth. We have one that is a pain to give pills to. He eventually even figured how to not eat them then too! Lol
    I am sure others will have some advice. Good luck!
    We use a small amount of peanut butter (PLEASE make sure it is NOT sugar free!!!) or some people hide it in a little ice cream.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankydoodle View Post
    Our 4 year old got an operation to fix her cruciate ligament, and she's constantly on medication. I have to give her lots of pills in the morning and then lesser in the evening.

    Problem is she doesn't like it, so what i do now is crush it into powder, throw it over her food and add a pit of plain yoghurt and she eats it, but lots of the powder stay behind.

    Trying to feed her by hand with her food and her pills is an incredibly difficult task and especially with the amount of pills she has to swallow it really is not a solution. She spits out a lot of the pills.

    Our vet recommended giving her canned versions of her food but that would be so expensive. We are already struggling to pay the operation costs, and the meds are just piling up.

    Also, she had skin issues in the past, so i cannot feed her anything. Our vet only recommends she eats her dermatology food and nothing else really.

    Is there an inventive way for me to feed her her pills ? I would be so grateful.
    i use either watermelon or a little vanilla ice cream... never fails
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    We use EZ cheese.

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    Thank you all. Much appreciated!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by yankydoodle View Post
    Thank you all. Much appreciated!!
    you can use piece of banana to hide tablets in it or piece of cheese sticks too!

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    Default Re: Giving her medication

    Everyone has great suggestions! My dogs love the cheese, or peanutbutter! (don't let them see you put the pill in) Some of mine have seen, and would not take it!!
    I have a question--Why so many pills? Fortunately, I have not yet dealt with this particular thing(fingers crossed) Anyone???
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    Sounds like great suggestions here (even I would take pills if they were coated with peanut butter or ice cream!). You say you crush the pills. I wouldn't do that as any bitter or strong taste will then become more noticeable to the dog. I think it's better to try to get the pill into the dog in one piece so that it dissolves inside the dog instead!


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    Also, with crushing pills, you have to make sure they are NOT time release.
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    I am not suggesting this for the dogs, but when I had horses(sometimes they had to take-big horse pills...) I had to crush them up,mix with some powdered jello, a little water,put it in a large syringe, and squirt it in their mouth. They loved it. But I had to mix it just before the squirt, or else the jello would jell and was too thick to squirt!! Ha!ha! sometimes you have to be devious to help animals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cefe13 View Post
    Sounds like great suggestions here (even I would take pills if they were coated with peanut butter or ice cream!). You say you crush the pills. I wouldn't do that as any bitter or strong taste will then become more noticeable to the dog. I think it's better to try to get the pill into the dog in one piece so that it dissolves inside the dog instead!
    Yes, crushing the pills after a trail test seems not to really work.
    I agree that getting the pill in one shot is the best idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1Chumly View Post
    Also, with crushing pills, you have to make sure they are NOT time release.
    Not sure what this means, but thanks to all. I have something to work with now.

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