Does your dog mind taking tablets?
I don’t know why it is, but medicines for both humans and our pets usually taste bitter or otherwise revolting. And dogs are notoriously suspicious when it comes to being asked to take tablets of any description. Remember, your dog has an acute sense of smell! It’s difficult indeed to persuade the average pooch to swallow any medication designed to cure any illness, disease or disability from which he/she is suffering. Your poor dog doesn’t understand that you’re trying to assist him/her. No, they invariably view such treatments with utter contempt and disdain.
My Rottweiler, Kara, is actually not too bad with tablets. Mostly I can easily prise her mouth open, drop the medication onto the back of her tongue and then hold her mouth closed for a few seconds, gently stroking her throat a few times, and she’ll generally swallow it without too much fuss. Or if it’s a really nasty tasting one, a lump of peanut butter around the tablet will generally do the trick quite nicely.
Not so my Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Jet. Oh no!
Fortunately Jet has been surprisingly illness-free during her 12 years. I can only hope this picture of health phenomenon will continue for the remainder of her days. Because on the odd occasion when I do need to have her swallow anything faintly resembling a tablet, oh my goodness, what a fuss!
I dread giving her tablets. You’d think that she’d know by now that I wasn’t trying to poison her. But no. She runs away and cowers in corner, slipping deftly away whenever I get close. And when I do catch her, and throw the tablet into her mouth you’d think Jet’s life depended upon her making every conceivable attempt to spit the tablet out. Peanut butter? Forget it – she just licks it all off and spits the tablet out. Tasty cheese? Same thing. Crushing it up and mixing it in with her raw meat/scrambled eggs/tinned tuna? Not a chance. Up goes her nose and away she trots.
So the only option is to hold that mouth closed until the tablet disintegrates, because oh my goodness, Jet is absolutely determined not to swallow. It takes several minutes of hanging on tight to her mouth and keeping it closed while I stroke her throat, and while she pushes her tongue out between the little gaps in her teeth over and over again making every possible attempt to disgorge the offending tablet, and when that fails, she simply froths at the mouth. And froths and froths and froths until I think she’s almost going to suffocate. And when it’s all over, she refuses to have anything to do with me (for at least 10 minutes until the terrible memory of it fades!)
I suppose I should count my lucky stars that one of my dogs is a pushover with the dreaded tablet taking scenario!
There is ONE type of tablet that my Jet LOVES to take, though – it’s not a “tablet” kind of tablet – it’s her delicious, chewable arthritis care tablet – Jet just loves them. She thinks they’re treats! Jet hasn’t actually shown any real signs of [tag]arthritis[/tag], but because she’s getting on in years, I thought she’d benefit from some arthritis care as a preventative. Check out the ONLY tablet my Jet will take here! (Click on the pictures below, or simply CLICK HERE.)
So if you’re concerned about arthritis in dog or have been looking for a dog arthritis medication that is natural and works, not only will this natural dog arthritis medicine do wonders for your dog’s arthritis, but your dog will LOVE taking these tablets as well!
What a bonus!