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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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Daisy does not like pills of any kind. The vet gave me a product called Flavor Doh. It comes in a tub. There are two flavors - chicken or liver. Daisy loves the liver. It's just like a doughy stuff. I use a teaspoon and take enough to cover the pill or capsule. Then I warm it in my fingers just a bit so that it molds really well around the pill. The smell of it drives Daisy wild -- she even licks my fingers clean afterward.

Bread works well, too. I used to use hot dog bun pieces to give a liquid med to my Vinny for his epilepsy. He would not take it from the syringe -- it tasted vile! So I measured it in the syringe and squirted it onto the bun. Then I made a bread ball and I always had another plain piece as a chaser.

Good luck!!

Monica and Daisy:)
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