A bitter pill?

I’d already written and published this before seeing Fandango’s challenge, so I’ve gone back in and merged the two.

FOWC with Fandango — Cantankerous

For the first time ever we have been unable to get Maggie to take her meds, even disguised in a piece of cheese!
The cantankerous little minx spat it out, then on the next attempt turned her nose up at the cheese as well!
They are now powdered down into her breakfast but she’s left that, which actually isn’t that unusual as she comes back to it.
She’s on a ten day course. Heaven help me.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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24 Responses to A bitter pill?

  1. blindzanygirl says:

    Oh help, Di. We know the feeling!

  2. jenanita01 says:

    Our cat is the same. I

  3. jenanita01 says:

    CONTINUED… I dread him ever needing medication for he will not accept it, it any form. Try, and you could lose an arm!

  4. colonialist says:

    You may need to learn the ‘open mouth, drop pill in over tongue to back of throat, close mouth, massage throat until involuntary swallow happens’ trick.

  5. fransiweinstein says:

    Oh dear. Are the pills big? Don’t know if it would work with a dog, but with cats you just tip their head back, open their mouths (easier said than done) and toss the pill as far back as you can get it and then gently massage their throat area to help make sure it’s swallowed. Usually the pills were small, but occasionally if they were big I’d cut them in half. After having 4 cats I got pretty good at it.

  6. Your title says it all. The pill may be bitter. She may be old but she can taste. All I can give you is sympathy. We have a 2 week antibiotic shot here (at least for cats) that has saved my butt often.

  7. colinandray says:

    You are working against a creature with an amazing sense of smell. Can’t you bury the pill in something that can overpower it?

  8. One idea that I had to use with Huny (who hated pills and meds with a fiery passion) was fresh baked chicken. I’d craftily hide the pill in the center of a piece of that and she’d gobble it down before she knew what was going on. If Maggie has a favorite food, try it to get her to take the pill. And for goodness sakes don’t let her SEE you doing it, because I swear they ‘know’ and will refuse even favored food if they see you hiding or sprinkling something on it. Another suggestion (one which I only used as a last resort, because the smell of this stuff makes ME sick) is deviled ham in a can. Most dogs LOVE that stuff and even the most finicky will gobble a pill coated in deviled ham. Peanut butter is another thing that is used, but it never worked that well for me. Good luck and at least it’s only ten days worth. Imagine having to do that for several months… not recommended!!

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