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Any tricks to giving pills?

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Charlee is on several medications right now. One for his skin mites, which is liquid given with a syringe, no problem. He got a dose of Pyrantel, which does something to him that if we feed him anything but dog food, he throws up. I have an antibiotic for his ears which is capsule form and I can't get him to take it. It says to be taken with food, but I think all of these medications is affecting his appetite and he doesn't want to eat. I tried giving it to him with a scrambled egg, but he ate around it and threw up the egg anyway. For a day or so it was working to put the capsule in a piece of cheese. Now he chews up the cheese and spits out the pill. He tried chewing the pill today and it broke apart and the powder came out on the carpet so it was a wasted dose. He doesn't eat treats, pill pockets or peanut butter some I'm at a loss as to what to do. Any suggestions?
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I've done cheese, bread and peanut butter. If he is throwing up, Chloe's Mommy's method works. It will be a bit of a fight. I had to do that with my lab two weeks ago when she got a stomach bacteria. She liked the chewable anti-diarreal medicine, but the antibiotic, she hated. I had to pry her mouth open, put the pill in there and hold her mouth shut. I found that when I rubbed her throat, she would swallow it. I learned this from my vet when my old GSD was taking meds. It sounds rather primative, but it does work.
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