I took the dog to her vet check up, signed up for pet insurance, and now I have a pill to cram down my dog’s throat every month. My worries:
- What if I choke her?
- If I crush the pill up does it lose it effectiveness?
- What if she regurgitates it because she did not want to eat it in the first place?
- What if I forget and give it to her a week late?
Here is what I found out:
Can I Choke Her?
When I put the pill in my dog’s mouth, she refuses to chew it up and eat it. I have tried hiding it inside a hot dog; she eats the hot dog and leaves the pill. Last resort, shove the stupid pill down her throat. I am just worried about making her choke on it. On several different message boards people suggest throwing the pill as far back in the throat as possible and holding the muzzle closed so they have to swallow; an ex-vet assistant noted that if you stroke the dog’s throat in a downward motion they should swallow. You Tube has some great how to videos to get your dog to swallow the pill whole. I have found that as long as you are not sticking your finger down the dog’s throat and you are following a proper procedure, you probably will not choke your dog.
Crushing the Pill
Sometimes I can get away with crushing up a pill and then hiding it. Unfortunately, the veteran explained that not all types of pills should be crushed. The best solution to this problem, is ask your vet before doing it.
Avoid the Regurgitation
My dog is notorious for regurgitating any pill; it does not matter if she swallowed it and waited 30 minutes before I let her go. My dog will eat so much that the only thing she can do is empty her stomach. I may use a treat to get the pill down, then I pick up all of her food and treats and make her wait until the evening to eat so I know she will digest it. IF she is able to regurgitate it, I have noticed she starts itching much sooner than she should.
Ideally, I like to use my pay schedule to help me remember when to give the dog her meds; unfortunately, I am not perfect and may forget, then it throws everything off. If I do forget I will usually just wait until the next pay period to get her back on track. My vet told me that as long as I give the meds as soon as I forget, I should be okay.