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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'm afraid I'm not much help - I usually use a SMALL piece of soft bread, wrap the pill in it and they gulp it down before they know what they're eating. It's less messy than peanut butter or cheese - and certainly less expensive than pill pockets. I usually start them off with a TINY bite of plain bread - then the pill wrapped in bread. Seems to work with all of mine. Some things I can get them to eat directly - (some of the flavored pills) - but normally the ol' pill in the bread trick works well for everyone in my pack.
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