Posted : 4/21/2006 6:15:26 PM
My heart about stopped when you said two things -- that the dog sleeps a LOT and that the dog is suspicious and hiding to avoid meds.
Pyometra has very few external clues -- but one is that the dog simply has no energy -- and it comes on so gradually that it is nearly imnpossible to 'see' coming.
However, they are in a LOT of pain and even the least stoic will hide it. But they will actually go to the point of trying to avoid people and avoid you 'seeing' it.
In the future -- do yourself a BIG favor. Don't "hide" medicine. Trust me -- their noses are SO beyond ours that 'hiding' is purely a human thing. They KNOW it's in there. To them the smell is so obvious that it would be like you trying to 'hide' having cooked liver in the last 10 minutes.
Instead ... train the dog that this is medicine and it is to HELP you. Show them the pill and show them what you're putting it in. In fact, you can teach them (and this is NOT hard) the difference between swallow and don't chew, OR something that is a "chew all good" (like a homeopathic needs to BE chewed because it absorbs in the mouth).
Honestly, if you approach it like the alpha you are, and make it matter of fact, the dog can learn to take medicine easily and respect the fact that you are being honest. When we try to 'hide' things we're only lying to our best friend and THEY know anyway .... I always think it diminishes the bond. They know, and we walk away thinking we 'fooled' them. Not how I want to relate to my best friend -- humand OR dog.
Beyond hot dogs: Try these:
1. braunschweiger -- works GREAT - it's a bit slippery and easy to mush a pill into it -- smells great and they tend to love it.
2. butter -- plain old REAL butter. It's an animal fat and well digested by them. Real 'slidey' -- if you hold the pill in a lump of butter way above the nose they will take it and it's down the hatch before you know it.
3. ricotta cheese -- again -- animal fat but good for them and usually well tolerated.
But I always warn my dogs if something is truly bitter "Don't chew this -- it's nasty -- just swallow!" and when I give it I close the lower jaw and hold the head up so they tend to just swallow.
Truly works. I'm not crazy I promise.