Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Valentine Hugo

Hugo is my little Valentine! Someone said to me he looks like an airplane with this propellor type chew toy in his mouth. He's a darling little dog and is the best company in the world - most of the time...

Does everyone have trouble getting their dogs to take pills? Sentinel has a meat-like treat with heartworm medicine and I'm hoping Hugo will fall for that so I don't have to go through the trauma of forcing a pill down his throat.

Hugo acts like I'm trying to poison him when I make him take a tiny little pill wrapped in a treat. He eats the treat and spits out the pill, along with some attitude. So then, I have to hold him, pry his jaw open & drop the pill down his throat. Once it's in his throat I hold his mouth closed and stroke his throat until he swallows. Sometimes he tricks me though and the pill doesn't go down. All this unusual action makes him afraid and anxious and makes me feel guilty. He's pretty smart and doesn't usually fall for my tricks!

If you've ever tried to give your squirmy dog or cat a pill you will know what I mean. This sweet little, 22 pound Boston Terrier becomes an 85 pound monster who refuses to let me open his jaw. It usually takes two of us to manage him if he doesn't want to cooperate and I feel like I'm torturing him - lol.

Of course he gets lots of attention and a few treats when we finally get the job done but we're all traumatized by the action. Yep, he has me wrapped around his little paw.

Do you have any hints, stories or tips to share with me about your dog and medicine?

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