Jet Spits the Dummy – Or In This Case, the Tablet!

Does your dog mind taking tablets?

Arthritis in dogI 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!Arthritis in dog

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.)

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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!

4 thoughts on “Jet Spits the Dummy – Or In This Case, the Tablet!

  1. Katie

    Hi Bridgette,

    My dogs are the same as your staffy when it comes to pill time and so I now do it the following way and they are too stupid to know the difference.

    First of all, make a habit of sticking your had down the back of their throat with a treat in your hand. Drop the treat into the back of their mouth and they are happy. When it is pill day, do this several time (and make sure that they are starving) and eventually they will be scoffing down the treats so fast that, when you throw down the pill in the same way, they will be no wiser to the fact that they have just had a pill. Of course, throw another few treats down the back of the dogs throat straight away and them give them a good feed and some water.

    Just remember that you must handle they mouth and throat regularly (like when you are training them) so that they get used to having you fist in their mouth. The treat acts as a reward for them because they have allowed you to handle them in such a manner. It does take practise but it certainly works.

    Let me know how you go and I will be interested to know if it works with your baby.

    Cheers,

    Katie.

    P.S. I love your articles!

  2. Brigitte Smith

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for your helpful suggestions about giving tablets to dogs. It sounds like a great idea, that I’m going to try!

    It certainly seems to make sense that if the dog thinks you’re going to drop a treat at the back of their mouth, they may actually accept a tablet eventually.

    I’m not sure about my Jet, though – she’s pretty clue-ey when it comes to me trying to trick her! We’ll see …

    Thanks for your kind words about the articles. I’m glad you’re finding them of use.

    Regards,
    Brigitte

  3. Sonya

    Hi Brigitte

    This article really made me laugh, especially as I had just finished giving tablets to 7 dogs !!

    Yes, what a combination. Some accepted the cheese treat disguising the wormer tablet, but the majority always manage to eat around it.

    I have 6 dogs but also take in rescue dogs until we can find adoption families for them. At the moment I have 15 dogs in total, so its always fun when its time for medication etc.

    Your magazine is really interesting and I enjoy it each time it appears in my inbox.

    I live on the island of Fuerteventura where there is a huge problem with abandoned and ill treated dogs and cats.

    How is the situation in Australia?

    Kind regards
    Sonya

  4. Brigitte Smith

    Hi Sonia,

    I can just imagine you going through the procedure with 7 dogs!

    Wow, 15 dogs at a time is a huge number.

    I think dogs being abandoned by thoughtless and heartless people who should never become pet owners is a problem around the world.

    Regards,
    Brigitte

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