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In which my dog is a savant




I’ve come to the conclusion that my dog is a savant!


Let me explain why.


As you know (or not) the poor guy is pretty old at this point. He’s almost 14 years old and he’s had cancer forever. On top of that he’s had all sorts of other issues so I have thought he’d have to be put to sleep numerous times.


However, he has more lives than a cat so he’s rebounded. Nonetheless, he’s pretty old and has to take pills aka medications.


2 of these medications are pretty small and he takes them only once a day and we put them in his food. Apparently they don’t smell or anything so getting them in him is pretty easy.


But his pain medication, Tramadol, is a tablet that he takes three times a day. He only takes a half but getting it in him is such a trial!


I used to put it in his food but he spit it out.
Then I got wet food and seriously, he would eat all around it and spit it out.


I tried shoving it down his throat. No joy!


Then I put it in peanut butter.


He quit eating that too.


Now I’m giving him pill pockets.


He figured it out and spit it out.


Then I took the pill pockets and picked them apart and packed them really tight around the pill. My new strategy is to give him the pill and then immediately put the next bite down and he was so excited to have another one that he would swallow the first bite. That’s the one with the pill.


But alas, the other day he figured that out too and honestly it’s like a battle of wills and I’m totally losing to my dog. Did I tell you he’s not particularly brilliant? Yeah, he’s not what I’d call a smart dog and yet, he’s apparently smarter then me.


So that’s basically what I use my brain for now; trying to outsmart my dog.


Wish me luck.

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  1. Dana
    January 20, 2015

    Your dog is so cute!

    • Lynn
      January 23, 2015


  2. chacha1
    January 20, 2015

    seems like it should be possible to have an injectable. not that giving shots is fun, but if the critter is so intransigent about pills … ?
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    • Lynn
      January 23, 2015

      ugh…I can’t imagine giving him shots

  3. Sylvia Grigs
    January 30, 2015

    I went thru this with all my dogs, so I had to be smarter then them. I got a mortar and pestle and now it takes just moments of my time to crush his pills to dust and put it on his food. It’s worked for 5 years now and no extra pills on the floor.

    • Lynn
      February 6, 2015

      Even if the pills taste bad??

  4. EmyJo
    February 4, 2015

    Have you tried a pill shooter (pill gun)? Shoot the pill with one syringe, then immediately follow with some water so he has to swallow. Good luck.

    • Lynn
      February 6, 2015

      No! I never heard of that. I will check into it

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