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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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Try hiding it inside something delicious, maybe some braunschweiger - it's soft enough to completely mold around the pill, and pretty smelly. Certain cheeses will work too, like Havarti. (soft enough to mold, but not so soft that it sticks to your fingers.)

Give him some plain pieces first. Make him sit, then give him a yummy piece. Do this 3 - 4 times, THEN give him the piece. He will be so excited about this delicious treat that he won't even realize piece #3 or 4 has the dreaded pill in it. This worked for one of my dogs who was THE WORST pill taker ever.
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