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Cat   

Hi

 

Normally id just put any pills in his food but these recent ones need to be given on an empty stomach.  They are also rather large and are not supposed to be broken.  I try to fling it back as far as i can, hold his mouth closed, lift his head and rub his neck but he still manages to bring it back up somehow. 

 

Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Scratch   

Would they fit in a pill applicator? Sort of like a syringe gun especially made for the job. 

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Dogsfevr   

Personally I think you could still put it in something .i take empty stomach as not after a meal or feed in a meal .

 

Otherwise keep with the technique your using except we push way back and blow into its mouth to swallow 

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Cat   

Not sure about the pill applicator. I had a cat one years ago but this tablet would be too big i think. 

 

Guess ill persevere and if that doesnt work maybe wrap it in cheese 

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Snook   

I wouldn't think just enough cheese to cover the tablet would hurt. Justice gets tablets twice a day by having them inside small pieces of cheese and he swallow them whole when I throw them to him. It's so much less stressful for both of us than trying to get a tablet down his throat on its own. 

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7 hours ago, Cat said:

Not sure about the pill applicator. I had a cat one years ago but this tablet would be too big i think. 

 

Guess ill persevere and if that doesnt work maybe wrap it in cheese 

Coating with peanut butter may require less food intake. 

Personally, I'd call the vet and ask how empty the stomach needs to be. 

My dogs don't mind the finger down the throat, but I don't like doing it 

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Dogs can be trained to take pills on cue and/or accept being ‘pilled’. Below are links in case you’re interested on working on this outside of pill times.

 

In the meantime I’d ask if you can coat it ever so slightly as others have mentioned. My dog also has a medication that ideally needs to be taken on an empty stomach, and I coat it in the tiniest bit of canned dog food.

 

Another thing you could ask about is getting it compounded into a capsule. This might help by (a) removing any offensive flavour, (b) potentially making it a smaller, and (c) putting it into a shape that’s easier to swallow if you’re dealing with e.g. a round tablet. I find capsules easier to swallow than round tablets and I imagine dogs do too!

 

https://caninesinaction.com/2011/03/an-easy-pill-to-swallow-training-to-take-pills-the-easy-way/

 

https://brentwoodanimalhospital.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/449/2018/09/How-to-pill-your-pet-with-kindness.pdf

 

ETA call around to a few compounding chemists if you go that route. There can be a big variance in prices. :) 

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Scratch   

are we talking dog or cat here *confused

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Cat   

Dog.  I only mentioned the cat pill popper as i wasnt sure if there were different sizes.  

 

Thanks for the replies everyone.  I will contact the specialist and see if they can be covered in food. 

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Scratch   

Years and years ago when I worked at a Newfoundland kennel, when we had to give AB’s or wormers etc, they’d always need about 10 huge tablets. We’d basically make a fist with all the pills and ram it down their throat pretty much into their guts, let go, withdraw arm! Saved a lot of drama ! 

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44 minutes ago, Scratch said:

ram it down their throat pretty much into their guts, let go, withdraw arm! Saved a lot of drama ! 

That's how all ours get pills ( modified according to size ) LOL Wouldn't do it any other way . It's fast, sure and easy ...  :) takes someone to show you the correct way ..and off you go!! 

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tdierikx   
1 hour ago, Scratch said:

Years and years ago when I worked at a Newfoundland kennel, when we had to give AB’s or wormers etc, they’d always need about 10 huge tablets. We’d basically make a fist with all the pills and ram it down their throat pretty much into their guts, let go, withdraw arm! Saved a lot of drama ! 

Yep... that's how it's done here too... lol! I also hold the mouth shut and blow into their nose... guaranteed swallow reflex...

 

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Cat   

I might be too much of a softy.  I worry hes going to end up choking on them.  

 

They have said i can put a small amount of pb on the tablets and that seems to be working for now. 

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1 hour ago, Cat said:

I might be too much of a softy.  I worry hes going to end up choking on them.  

yes. You are  :)

It is just so very easy , once you know the way :) I have ...and so have others here, given probably hundreds /thousands of pills this way with NOT ONE  choking incident :) promise! 

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leac1801   

I just stick it down their throat, close their mouth and blow in their nose if needed. I started with Atlas when he was able to start on Milbemax and have little resistance. I recently got Sentinel and of course he won't have anything to do with the giant chews, so they have to get shoved down too. He loved his Meloxicam though.

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If it's not put far enough back, and they are holding onto the tablet, cheese or peanut butter are substantial and sticky, just helps the resistance.  Butter is better as a carrier, melts and triggers the swallow reflex.

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