By Sue from Birmingham, AL
By Lee from Waterford, WI
We took Bruno to the vet right away. He was sedated and x-rayed, and trimmed and cleaned. He was put on medications for pain and antibiotics. He was very sore. That was about a week ago. He is so much better now, but still does and will always now walk sideways sometimes.
It seems as if he got semi-addicted to the Rimadyl he was on for pain. He still thinks he is getting them. I have to give him food when he asks for his medicine. He won't stop barking when he hears the word "meds". He now asks for them, two times a day, and now that he isn't doped up from the medicine, he makes quite a racket about it.
I have to announce my oldest daughter's med times so she will bring me her medications (she is 21). Bruno thinks I am taking about his medicine - it is really quite funny. He gets this bright look of anticipation in his eyes, waiting for bread or a chicken nugget. Bruno is doing better, able to walk and jump off the bed. He has such a stubborn heart and mind and that is what got him through this. The Lord gave him a hard head.
We are thankful that there were no broken bones and no internal injuries. We are blessed indeed. The vet said that he is in really good shape. I credit it to the Pedigree he is eating.
I feed them Pedigree because they do so well with it, and it is good for them. I wish I could afford Pro Plan or Authority. I think I am going to save up and get a small bag of one of those, and use it for treats for them.
By Robyn from Tri-Cities, TN
Source: My husband.
By Ziggi from San Diego, CA
By Jerry from Metairie, LA
If your canned food isn't quite that solid I am sure that you could still successfully hide the pill in it. Especially if your dog doesn't normally eat canned food. Since our dogs don't usually get canned food they see it as a treat and wolf it down so the pill would never be noticed. :)
By Jesse from Kelseyville, CA
If it's a capsule and they do manage to keep spitting it back out while still eating the treat, I simply open up the capsule and sprinkle it into another piece of treat and "mish" it all together. No spitting out this time! If they've figured the trick out and refuse to eat it the second time around, just put it in the fridge for 10 minutes and offer it again. They'll have forgotten it by this time and will definitely gobble it down. I use this same method with my cat, too.
For smaller pets such as pet rodents, I take away all of their food for no more than 2-3 hours. This will leave them plenty hungry. Then I dissolve the med in water or any liquid they happen to really love and mix it in with just enough food for just a few bites. Once they've eaten this all up, then I refill their food dishes with whatever is normally in it.
For birds, now that's when I ask the vet for the best method. They can be a lot harder to give meds to. And any type of amphibian or snake or lizard, again, I would ask the vet on those.
By Cricket from Parkton, NC
By Arle12 from Petersburg, IN
What tricks can be used to give finicky pets medications?
I tell my dog it's a treat. He takes his fish oil capsule and two yeast tablets every day, no problems. Use whatever word you use when giving your dog a treat.