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.