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When I give drugs to dogs, matter of fact works best.

Yes. Howsomever, y'all are way nicer than I am.

Fightin' words!
I just open the dog's mouth and poke the pill down her throat. She might get a kiss on the nose and a thank you, but rarely a treat.

That's what I do with Friday, and what I consider "matter of fact."
She'll also eat pills that are tossed in with her kibble, if I'm pilling her at mealtimes.

And that's exactly how Rocky gets his drugs every meal.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Back when he was getting glucosamine pill, he would eat around it;

Our dogs line up and beg for glucosamine / vitamin C / vitamin E / fish oil / whatever.
I can't force Bella's mouth open because her mouth is sore, but she just LOVES to catch food and pills fall into that category. She does get to catch a treat after the pills.
She is part Lab, after all.
Now he takes pills very well because he knows there's a treat coming afterward.

The "toss the pill down the esophagous" method works well when they're concentrating on the treat to come. When I give drugs to dogs, matter of fact works best.

Maui never gave me trouble spitting out a pill. I simply gave it to him and said "ok" so he'd scarf it down. For his current upset tummy he is taking four pills a day. He hates them and is not fooled with anything I've tried thus far. So, I go with the shove down throat method. It sucks, but it worked. I just hope the experience ends when it is time for just a once monthly heartworm pill.
Now he takes pills very well because he knows there's a treat coming afterward.

The "toss the pill down the esophagous" method works well when they're concentrating on the treat to come. When I give drugs to dogs, matter of fact works best.

It has been very hard to have Sammie on ear drops for really messed up ears. He yelps when you touch the outside of his ear and I'm supposed to stick the little thing down into his ear and squirt stuff in there? He's a very good boy, but, as the vet warned, it hurts when their ears are infected, but they won't stop being infected without going through the hurt. It reminds me of how it felt to take my kids in for shots when they were so little I could not explain why I would hold them still while people poked needles in them and hurt them.

I am so glad he is to the point now where the drops don't hurt his ears. He doesn't like them, but he sits still and lets me do it, then shakes his head like a crazy dog and goes off to play. He also makes sure to get ten times as dirty as usual now that I can't give him a bath. I'd think he was getting back at me for doing the drops when it hurt him, but he swears it's just coincidence.

Paula
"Anyway, other people are weird, but sometimes they have candy, so it's best to try to get along with them." Joe Bay
Paula (Email Removed) said in
When I give drugs to dogs, matter of fact works best.

It has been very hard to have Sammie on ear drops for really messed up ears. He yelps when you ... vet warned, it hurts when their ears are infected, but they won't stop being infected without going through the hurt.

I've had to apply ear stuff to a cocker cross and it was certainly way more unpleasant for both of us than pilling. Never having to do that on a regular basis, I usually think "down the throat" when it comes to drugs and dogs.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Maui never gave me trouble spitting out a pill. I simply gave it to him and said "ok" so he'd ... but it worked. I just hope the experience ends when it is time for just a once monthly heartworm pill.

The Heartgard we use is in a chewable form, which even our now very finicky Chile seems to like. Since she's nearly toothless, I have to cut it up into fine pieces, which she happily licks off a plate.
I don't like stuffing a pill down their throats, prefer to entice them by mixing it with a treat when I can. Less stress for them and me. But if the dog won't or can't take the pill in a treat, I push it down the throat as matter-of-factly as possible, preceded and followed by lots of pets.
FurPaw

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched,
every rocket fired, signifies in the final sense
a theft from those who hunger and are not fed,
those who are cold and are not clothed."
- Dwight D. Eisenhower
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FurPaw (Email Removed) said in
I don't like stuffing a pill down their throats, prefer to entice them by mixing it with a treat when I can.

Just to clarify - I do neither, I give pills as if they're no big deal, and usually the dogs accept them as such.

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
I don't like stuffing a pill down their throats, prefer to entice them by mixing it with a treat when I can.

Just to clarify - I do neither, I give pills as if they're no big deal, and usually the dogs accept them as such.

Same here - I just drop them on to of their kibble or hand it to them. I *do* have to drop it in the cat's throat, but even that is just a tilt and drop activity.

Janet Boss
www.bestfriendsdogobedience.com
I don't like stuffing a pill down their throats, prefer to entice them by mixing it with a treat when I can.

Just to clarify - I do neither, I give pills as if they're no big deal, and usually the dogs accept them as such.

Okay, I have to interject a story here.
My in-laws had a large beagle - raised for a couple of years by a relative and then adopted by them - who would not take a pill. I suspect that something happened in his previous home and he was impossible to give a pill to.
He developed a problem that required treatment with daily pills for a period of time.
After a few attempts at tossing it, cramming it in, smearing it with smelly slippery food, they decided that hiding it in his food was the only way. They broke up the tablet. They put it in a dish with his kibble, hamburg, egg and milk. (Which was probably his normal supper.) They set it in front of him and walked away.
He sniffed at it. He put out a paw and tipped the dish over. He spread the food all over the floor with his nose. And then he stood there and BARKED at it. Big, baying barks!!
Judy
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