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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-02-2014, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Zeus Won't Take Medicine - Help

My wife generally handles giving Zeus his monthly flea and tick medicine. She's a nurse and she likes to keep up with the changing recommendations of brand from the Vet. Suits me fine.

But lately Zeus has objected pretty strongly to her putting his medicine under his coat on his shoulders as a liquid dripped onto his skin with the fur moved aside. He wrinkles his nose and gives her a low warning growl.

He's only done that twice to me; once after he pooped and I tried to wipe his but with a baby wipe before he got back into the truck and sat on the seat and once when I disciplined him on lease with the leash for lunging at a puppy. He was reprimanded and set outside in his covered pen for two days each time.

Anyway, I encouraged my wife to avoid that confrontation by getting pills instead, grinding them up with a mortar and pestle and simply mixing it in with his food. Things went fine for a while. But now he won't touch his food when he recognizes the smell of the medicine. This dog is nothing if he's not a scent machine.

We also tried to break the pills into small pieces and put them into high-value treats like hotdogs and even steak. He'd mouth the medicine out on the floor but eat the treat.

Anyway, we're having trouble giving him his medicine, and, I'm not about to grab him, hold his mouth open, force a pill (they're large, really) towards the back of his throat and then hold his jaws closed until he swallows it.

He's loving and sweet, for sure. But he's a grisly bear if he feels like someone is trying to unnecessarily dominate him.

I'm sure it'd be a bad situation if I tried and that he and I'd remember the resulting altercations for a long time. I just don't need that level of suspicion and wariness from him towards me at almost 110 lbs with 10 lbs of that being bright, white, sharp, serrated teeth and 2 inch fangs top and bottom.

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Can you get the yummy flavored pills instead?

Have you tried peanut butter or cream cheese?




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He's only done that twice to me; once after he pooped and I tried to wipe his but with a baby wipe before he got back into the truck and sat on the seat and once when I disciplined him on lease with the leash for lunging at a puppy. He was reprimanded and set outside in his covered pen for two days each time.



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Am I reading this correctly? You punished him by leaving him outside in his pen for two days? Dogs live in the moment. This is not an effective correction under any circumstances.

I would go back to square one with Zeus and build a trusting relationship with him. It sounds like neither of you really trust one another. You should be able to open his mouth and pill him regardless of his size and be sure he is not going to bite you.

In the short term, have you tried Pill Pockets? Everyone swears by those.

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Drop the pill in his mouth and have a spoon full of peanut butter. Immediately after the dropping the pill in there, let him lick the spoon. He'll swallow the pill immediately.
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This may sound odd to some, but all our dogs will eat off a spoon or fork!! I'd put a pill in the middle of a bite of wet dog food and hold the spoon, let them take the bite and lick the spoon clean! Pill taken!!
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Oh and I know some pills can be larger, so you could break them in 3 or 4 pieces and give a few bites of soft food to get it down!
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My vet has my dog on Monthly flea and tick prevention medicine now NexGard I didn't think the pills were that large. My old trick with pills and dogs is to hide the first one in a tasty treat and have another treat visible in my hand so the dog sees both. As my dog is greedily eyeing the second goodie she gobbles up the first one anxious to grab the second one. Usually works like a charm. My dog didn't like the Frontline routine either.

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