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So hubby went fishing over the weekend and didn't put the fishing pole away. Last night Peanut came in with a hook in her lip. The barb of the hook was not all the way through her lip, so we couldn't just clip it and pull it out. She acted like it wasn't even hurting her, but I felt so bad. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/blush.gif Off to emergency we went (because of course, she couldn't have done this during regular vet business hours). They had to put her completely out to remove it. She came home all groggy with pain meds and an antibiotic. The antibiotic is liquid and I am having no problems giving that to her. But the pain med is a pill (and unlike any puppy I have ever seen) she is quite picky. I am having a hard time getting the pill down her. I have tried wrapping it in a soft piece of food and hand feeding her, only to find the pill laying on the floor when she was done. Knowing that she loves cheese, I tried that too. You guessed it...pill on the floor.

Since she doesn't appear to be in pain, do you think that I should continue to try to give her pain meds and if so, any suggestions on getting her to take it?
 

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Shame on hubby! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/pureevil.gif
I can't offer any advice on pill giving, as Chloe scoops them from my hand, or I'll open her mouth and stick in as far down as I can and then close her mouth and rub her throat 2-3 times - and that's that! About the liquid, you can use a syringe with no needle or an eye dropper (is that what it's called? /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/thumbup.gif)
I hope you find a way to give her the medicine..... belly rubs and beagle kisses to little Peanut /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/yay.gif
 

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Poor baby girl. You can try putting it in a piece of cheese. That works every time for us.

I'd probably try to give the pain pill, but maybe not as often as the bottle says. Or does it say to give it as needed? What is the pain pill? It could be one that is an anti-inflatory, which could help her heal and feel better.
 

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At first hubby got mad because it was one of his favorite's. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/pimp.gif I could have killed him. I gave him the "if momma ain't happy...ain't nobody happy" thing. Then he realized how upset I was and got his attitude changed real quick.

I have no problem with the liquid. The syringe works well for that. Just the pain pills. She is a stubborn little thing (like all beagles aren't????). Opening her mouth to get the pill in far enough to "force" the swallow only leaves me with bite marks. Those little puppy teeth are sharp and I have the marks to prove it after this morning's fiasco.

One other thing...while she was at emergency, they said they thought she might be coming into heat. She is barely 4 months old. Would that be possible? I have never had a female come into heat that early...
 

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Originally Posted By: Mom of 2 BeaglesYou can try putting it in a piece of cheese. That works every time for us.
Tried the cheese. Pill on the floor.
 

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Oh, poor Peanut. Two summers ago, Molly got a musky lure hook completely through her eyelid. Luckily, somehow it missed her eye completely. We were able to cut it out ourselves and flush her eye with saline. We happened to have a neighbor over who is a nurse, thank goodness.

As for pill taking, try peanut butter. Also, I wad up the pills in bread. But peanut butter coats the pill. Otherwise, the old fashioned way. Put the pill in her mouth, hold it shut and stroke her throat. I don't like doing it this way at all, but have used it as a last resort.
 

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Hubby would have ended up being knocked over the head with fishing pole if it were me but that is another story and I don't have a whole lot of time - at work rite now.

I know this may be messy but it works for my Beaglebratz - cover - I mean totally wrap that pill in p-nut butter - THE SMOOTH kind; don't let one little spot of the pill show thru. Mine love p-nut butter and they are so busy trying to make sure they get it all (p-nut butter) they don't notice the pill. Is it Tramadol? They are easy to cover.
 

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We had to once give pills to one of our beagles and she didn't like them at all so my father showed me a trick with a long neck kitchen funnel.

He put it in the poor girls mouth while playing and dropped that pill right in her mouth and right down it went, LOL. Ginger never knew what hit her.

As far as the puppy showing signs of coming into heat that has happened to us once but it was very premature and it passed right away.
 

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Originally Posted By: DebOne other thing...while she was at emergency, they said they thought she might be coming into heat. She is barely 4 months old. Would that be possible? I have never had a female come into heat that early...
Anything is possible in nature /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/thumbup.gif, but I have never heard of a puppy getting her first cycle before 5.5 months of age.
 

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Ouch! Poor Peanut!

I haven't had to give Daisy medicine yet, so I'm not sure. My last dog gobbled them up when coated in peanut butter. If you have a pet store nearby I think they sell pill pockets.
 

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Peanut Butter!!!! *slapping forehead* Why didn't I think of that. That is an awesome idea!!!! /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/whistle.gif I will give that a try on her pill tonight. /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/thumbup2.gif

As for her coming into heat. Do you think it would hurt anything for me to go ahead and set up her spay?
 

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Oh no, poor little mite! Peanut butter or bread is what we use for pills. But ours will eat any human food we give them, so it's easy.
 

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Peanut butter works well for my two when taking pills; I let them lick a chunk off my finger, and while they're eagerly awaiting another serving, I push a pill inside the next gob....and nobody is the wiser.

Don't feel too badly about the fish hook.....we had that happen to a dog once. Same procedure you went through; it happened on a Sunday, and he had to have it surgically removed also. Needless to say, everyone learned to put their tackle boxes up high.

The emergency vet said (as we were coming through the door)....

"OH, I see you caught a dogfish" /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hi5.gif
 

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Originally Posted By: Deb She is barely 4 months old. Would that be possible? I have never had a female come into heat that early...
My vet told me, young pups that come into heat that early usually have it happen in the springtime. Go figure. Maggie did it also.
 

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Originally Posted By: debannibThe emergency vet said (as we were coming through the door)....
"OH, I see you caught a dogfish" /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/hi5.gif
I keep teasing my son that she wanted to be like him since he has his lip pierced.

This is why I love this board so much. I know that if I have any question (no matter how stupid they may seem) everybody here is so willing to help out. I wish I had found a board like this when Kaden was a puppy...
 

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I had a dog that was just impossible to give pills to - she'd eat whatever I had it wrapped in and spit the pill out. What ended up working for me: I would have 5 or 6 pieces of cheese or hamburger, one of them with the pill totally buried in it. I would start feeding her the regular pieces, and by about piece #4, she was so excited about the wonderful treats that I could give her the 'pilled' treat and she'd eat it just like the other 'unadulterated' treats /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/sick.gif
 

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Maggie soooo picky about pills. Cheese, bread, nothing works. So I usually crush it up and then put in the cheese and she never knows any better. I would definitely get her spayed unless you want to deal with an escaping beagle. Maggie is 2 and I regret not doing it sooner. She is getting fixed in May (thank God!)
 
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