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I took Swiffer to the vet today because he has a spot where he has lost hair and the skin is thick and slightly red. She took a scrape to send out for a culture test. She wasn't sure what it was.

In the meantime he is suppose to take a 1/2 tablet of an antibiotic. He was also given a vitamin supplement to take for his allergies. It is a fish oil capsule. I can't get him to swallow it!

Tell me how you get capsules down your dogs throats! :unsure::unsure:
 

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I have had that same problem. Tell your vet you need the pills compounded into a liquid form. Not sure about the liquid capsules - maybe ask the vet if they can be opened and poured onto the food????

My vet's office tried telling me how to get them to take pills - well I've tried every method anyone has ever told me about and well.... it's impossible for me. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.
 

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for pills and small capsules I use the 1-2-3 'fire' method. make three chees balls from american chees, holding in my hand a bit to soften.
First ball is tiny and 'empty ( a 'teaser)
2nd has pill TOTALLY COVERED ( the important one)
3rd another empty... but works on the 'greed-factor... they take the 2nd to hurry to get to the 3rd.
I let them see all 3 in palm of my hand and 'fire": 1-2-3-

For the large oil capsules I just poke a hole and squeeze onto food . Naddie could easily take the fish oil as she is bigger.. not Quincy.. it's just too big for his tiny mouth... afraid he'll choke!
 

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for pills and small capsules I use the 1-2-3 'fire' method. make three chees balls from american chees, holding in my hand a bit to soften.
First ball is tiny and 'empty ( a 'teaser)
2nd has pill TOTALLY COVERED ( the important one)
3rd another empty... but works on the 'greed-factor... they take the 2nd to hurry to get to the 3rd.
I let them see all 3 in palm of my hand and 'fire": 1-2-3-

For the large oil capsules I just poke a hole and squeeze onto food . Naddie could easily take the fish oil as she is bigger.. not Quincy.. it's just too big for his tiny mouth... afraid he'll choke!
This sounds like a good method. :thumbsup:
I wasn't sure if I could just poke the hole in the oil capsule. Thanks for letting me know it can be done this way.

Everyone on here is so helpful! Thanks!!
 

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for pills and small capsules I use the 1-2-3 'fire' method. make three chees balls from american chees, holding in my hand a bit to soften.
First ball is tiny and 'empty ( a 'teaser)
2nd has pill TOTALLY COVERED ( the important one)
3rd another empty... but works on the 'greed-factor... they take the 2nd to hurry to get to the 3rd.
I let them see all 3 in palm of my hand and 'fire": 1-2-3-

For the large oil capsules I just poke a hole and squeeze onto food . Naddie could easily take the fish oil as she is bigger.. not Quincy.. it's just too big for his tiny mouth... afraid he'll choke!
Funny I do almost exactly the same thing. I use cheese beef or chicken, depending what I have on hand. Ohh! pate is a good one too ;)
 

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My vet tech taught me a trick that works really good cuz some dogs are really good at eating the treat and spitting out the pill/med

She taught me to open the mouth as if i am brushing teeth (but tilt jaw upright), place the pill as far back lifting jaw up...then BLOW a little air into the throat and release jaw...this causes them to swallow (kind of the way we eat cherries and just spit out the seed)...it works like a charm...

my pups were so clever when i buried the pill in food that they would store the pill in their cheek and then go around the corner and spit the pill out on their pee pads...thus i love the BLOW/Swallow method...
 

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We use Pill Pockets too. If somebody spits it out, then peanut butter on the roof of mouth, and if that doesn't work, I pry the mouth open, shove it in as far as I can, then clamp shut massage throat till I see or feel the swallow.
 

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My vet tech taught me a trick that works really good cuz some dogs are really good at eating the treat and spitting out the pill/med

She taught me to open the mouth as if i am brushing teeth (but tilt jaw upright), place the pill as far back lifting jaw up...then BLOW a little air into the throat and release jaw...this causes them to swallow (kind of the way we eat cherries and just spit out the seed)...it works like a charm...

my pups were so clever when i buried the pill in food that they would store the pill in their cheek and then go around the corner and spit the pill out on their pee pads...thus i love the BLOW/Swallow method...
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My dogs won't take pills hidden in anything as they always chew their treats/food.

I do it the old-fashioned way, and it works...

Open their mouth, slide the pill far back into the throat. Hold their muzzle shut, and with your other hand, massage the throat/adam's apple area in an up and down motion which forces them to swallow. They get a treat after the pill goes down. It takes about 20 seconds for the whole process and it is much better than trying to "hide" it in a piece of food.
 

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I found what works! The small pills I roll in cream cheese. He loves it. The oil pill I put cream cheese on too, then blow in his nose/mouth and he swallows it. He's happy and I'm happy!! Thanks everyone!!
 

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Are you having trouble with the antibiotic tablet or the fish oil capsule?

I can easily hide a small pill in a cheese cube. Fish oil capsules are huge so I use a fish oil supplement especially for dogs that has a pump.

"DermaPet" Eicosaderm 8 oz (230 ml)
Marj - how do you use that? Do you just pump a certain amount into Lady's food? Do you put it into a measuring spoon and if so, how much?
 
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