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How do you get your pets to take their pills?

posted January 22nd, 2014 by
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As my pets age and begin to accumulate health problems, convincing them to take their meds has become as difficult as getting my toddler to take hers.

Yoda in particular, has become quite sneaky with his heart pills. I’m not sure how he does it, but he will spit it back out. This sometimes happens as much as an hour after I have given it to him. The pill is so tiny I would have thought it would have just dissolved in that time… I just have no idea how he manages to do that.

And since he must take said pill twice a day, and since I don’t want the wrong animal (or toddler or infant) accidentally ingesting the pills he spits out, this has become quite the conundrum in my house.

Needless to say, I’ve done a lot of experimenting with the quickest and most efficient way to get him to just swallow his pill. And American Singles seem to do the trick.

Yes, those yucky, bright orange squares of cheese are just sticky enough that he has no choice but to swallow his pill. And since he seems to love this plastic version of cheese, he doesn’t seem to mind. I think it’s kind of gross, but I don’t have to eat it.

So there you have it, my trick to getting my pets to take their pills. What tricks work for your pets? Leave a comment below.

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Happy surgery anniversary

posted August 3rd, 2013 by
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Today makes one year since Yoda had heart surgery to cut a window in the pericardial sac around his heart. We were told dogs like Yoda who have heart tumors and undergo the procedure live an average of three months post operation.

All I can say is the force must be pretty strong with my little dog. Aside from a couple of ER visits this summer to remove fluid build up, he shows no signs of slowing down and an ultrasound showed the tumor has only grown 2 millimeters in the past year.

This July, our family took a special camping trip and stayed in a dog-friendly cabin. Our two dogs enjoyed hiking and hanging out by the lake. They may have even had a special steak dinner one night.

Yoda can now cross ‘Go Camping’ and ‘Eat a steak’ off of his bucket list.

Bucket lists aside, anniversaries are a nice time for reflection and there are so many things to be learned from animals if we take the time to pay attention. From Yoda, I have learned to live each day to its fullest potential. 

When we found out about his heart tumor, he didn’t get mopey or sad, but I did. I am pretty he sure he spent his first week post-surgery comforting me!

Even now, I get weepy at vet visits because I know he won’t be here forever. If he knows that, he has certainly made peace with it and doesn’t let it get in the way of his favorite activities like nosing through trash or chasing Spock in the yard. 

Whether you have a healthy little puppy or kitten or an aging fur baby, enjoy your days together!

- Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]