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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 10:37 AM Thread Starter
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Help Giving Medicine???

I have to give my new 'no name' puppy medicine for coccidia. My husband literally has to hold down his 4 lb body & i have to try & get a dropper full of meds in his mouth. He freaks out so bad that he wont get near us for about 2 hours. He will run from us. THey also found a lot of yeast in his ears so i have to clean them & put a med in there 2 times a day. He is going to HATE me getting near him. Any advice on how to make this easier. THe medicine for his Coccidia tastes so bad that i cant disguise it in anything else.
Since he is a rescue, who know if us holding him down reminds him of anything bad that might have happened.

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post #2 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-27-2007, 10:40 AM
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Wow that is really tough. Here you are trying to help him, but he thinks you are hurting him. I think you just have to be diligent and at some point he will get used to it. I always tried to put the droppers as far down the throat as I could, then rub and scratch the throat in a loving gesture. They think they are getting a rub, when in fact you are inducing them to swallow.
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Shannon,
I don't have an experience with this,but I'll tell you what I would try.I would sit on the floor and try to win his trust first by petting,belly rubs etc.Then I would touch alittle around his mouth with my finger etc.Saying very little or just calmly and softly talking.Then gradually I would try the meds...Then I would very gleefully praise and give him a treat with more petting.
I hope you get better advice,but that is what I would try.........

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I agree with the rubbing and love first. Then, you're just going to have to do it, and do it as quickly as possible.

Since you said "dropper", I'm assuming it is a liquid. I had one dog spray a liquid med out at me, so you do want to get it down as far as possible without scratching his throat. Rub the neck as suggested above. Then follow immediately with a treat and lots of more loving.
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Try doing it when he's really sleepy.

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I'm assuming they don't have the med in pill form? I always put the pill in some of the squirt cheese & they just swallow it down. I'm like you I hate giving the liquid and I hate putting drops in the ears. It's like trying to hit a moving target!

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So far he really doesnt like rubs etc...(are we sure he's a Hav?). As soon as he sees the dropper or when my hubby starts to hold him tight is when is FREAKS OUT! I just dont know how i can do this for 2 weeks!
I even brought him to work today & he prefers to lay on my co-workers lap than mine. It really breaks my heart to think he associates anything bad with me.

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Sometimes it is easier to use a syringe than a dropper .. When Cosmo was sick they gave us a small syringe . it took two of us to get it into him but we managed . He was leary as well but we tried the comforting and treats . He was not up to regular reats so I used cream cheese . One thing I found that worked well if you had to give tablets is to give it in salmon flavored cream cheese . You could administer the liquids med and then quickly offer him a small amount of the salmon cream cheese to distract him and to put a better taste in his mouth .
It is worth a try - something yucky first but then I have something really good .. Tell him that is well what a good boy and NOW we have something really good . It worked with Cosmo ..
Salmon Cream cheese Philadelphia brand works the best - they are not as keen on the plain ..
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Unfortunately they just don't understand and we can't communicate it to them. I would not show it to him, get it all ready, just grab him and do it and then love and treat afterwards! If he has a favorite toy or something, just something good afterwards. Poor little guy, hopefully he gets better quickly!

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