SUMMARY: And here's the latest episode in Tika's meds saga.
On Friday I reported how Tika partly rejected the cream cheese pill hidings. Friday night, no problem, she took plain cream cheese and all the pills wrapped in cream cheese.
Saturday morning, she wouldn't take even plain cream cheese right at the beginning, just sniffed suspiciously and turned her head away. I gave it to Boost, tried another scoop with Tika. She took that, so I wondered whether maybe I had contaminated the other spot of cheese in the container with a molecule of pill somehow. She took most of her pills with cream cheese after the initial refusal, but I had to resort to peanut butter again for the last one.
Saturday evening, no problem with the cream cheese.
Sunday morning, no cream cheese for any reason whatsoever, plain or fancy or offered to boost first or nuthin' nohow. So everything went down with peanut butter.
Sunday evening, took a little cream cheese but then refused all with any pills in it, so back to peanut butter.
Back to peanut butter after failing with cream cheese all day Monday. Today I didn't even bother with the cream cheese, just went straight to PB. So far so good.
Meanwhile, getting lots of suggestions from other sneaky owners on how they sneak their dogs' meds into their little digestive systems:
- Almond butter as an alternative (thanks Elayne)
- Pill pockets (thx Cedarfield and Tervpack)
- I thought about using pitted dates in which to hide the pills, so I
offered her a small piece of date during the day to see whether she'd
eat it. Nope.
For a food-motivated dog who'd rather eat than anything else, she sure is picky!
- Marshmallows (Tervpack again)
- Kraft Easy Cheese (thx Channan)
- And of course I know that I can resort to grinding up the pills to make them harder to recognize
At least she seems happy and active, enthusiastically running and playing. Yay, Tika!