Gone off food

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  1. stuart

    stuart Registered Users

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    My 13 year Best friend Harvey, has gone of all types of food, he has been put on Tramadol, 1 tab twice a day, this is hard to disguise in the food, tried wrapping in Ham , in the middle cocktail sausages etc,
    now he wont eat anything, tried just meat ,Eggs, but nothing, any suggestions.
     
  2. MF

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    So sorry to read this. Will he not eat anything at all, or just if the tablet is hidden it?

    I've found that giving tablets works well as follows: feed treat #1. Feed tray #2 with tablet. Feed treat #3 as a chaser quickly after the second treat.

    Does he like butter? Peanut butter? Cream? Roast chicken.

    Best of luck. It is so heart breaking.
     
  3. selina27

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    Sorry to read that your old boy is not feeling so great

    Have you spoken to your vet? I was wondering if the Tramadol is making him feel nauseous has he been on it for long?

    Years ago someone told me to put Lea and Perrins on the food and pour boiling water over, the smell of the anchovies gets them to eat. It's worked in the past, might be worth a try.
     
  4. Stacia

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    He may not be eating because he is not well, or the Tramadol is upsetting him? I found that some liver pate works a charm for getting tabs down.
     
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    My DH pops any tablet medication into Sky's mouth (he is holding her BUT very gently) and then strokes her neck - she has to swallow it. It sounds horrible but he does it in a kind manner and talks very softly to her. She now accepts tablet medication that way.
     
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    Willow gets her daily meds in a big glob of Greek yoghurt. She slurps it up so quickly, she doesn't even notice it's there.
     
  7. Jes72

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    I do something similar with Homer. He usually takes his medication well with a blob of peanut butter but sometimes just spits them out. He hates Dontrol (de worming tablet) that needs be brocken up and lots of trickery.
     
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    Yes it's always the worming tablet that requires this approach :rolleyes:
     
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    I used to use pate , smeared all over the tablet , good luck and I hope he improves soon
     
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    Squirty cheese works for us. perhaps something smelly like a sardine?
     
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    Hi, just seen this and wanted to add. My 12 year old Malamute was on this recently. I think it is a great painkiller but the side effects are much more severe in old dogs. He wouldn't eat anything...didn't eat for 3 days after he had it as an injection he just slept....then I think it must have made him feel quite nauseous. It didn't matter how you tried to hide it..he just turned his head. In the end I got him down to a tiny dose that did the trick. I hope Harvey is feeling brighter. It's so hard to know how to manage older dogs. Best wishes Emma.
     
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    We're not alone then :) I found your post whilst searching for a solution to giving Drontal worming tablets.

    According to the leaflet, 9 out of ten dogs like Drontal tablets and they even go so far as to call them "tasty bone" in the UK version (but not on the version for sale in Finland, which have the same ingredients, the same shape, but are smaller and more expensive).

    Today we tried hiding them inside pieces of cooked chicken (which usually quickly disappear inside our greedy little wolf), but they are so repulsive to Nelson that he spits the chicken out. In the end, with chicken-soaked tablets starting to crumble, I had no choice but to push them in to the back of his throat, and gently stroke his throat until he swallowed. He was well-rewarded but I think we both found the experience to be slightly unpleasant.

    Next time we will try peanut butter, worcestershire sauce, greek joghurt or liver pate.
     
  13. Jes72

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    I'm sure Homer wouldn't describe Dontrol as "tasty bone". :eek::eek::eek:
     
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    I found Liver Pate was the very best of everything I had tried before, never spat the pills out as they did when it was in chicken or cheese or ham, I could never understand how they could do that!
     
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    Poor Harvey. I put worming tablets or any other tablets inside a tinned sardine and just put that in their bowl with the oil followed by their meal which works for us. I hope Harvey will be ok. xx
     
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    He he, I remember trying this once and Lilly delicately picked them out, ate her food and left the "tasty bones"
     
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    Give him Liver Pate, Beef Jerky,
     
  18. Snowy

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    We tried sardines, and they worked great.

    We found a small work on Nelson's day bed. About 2.5cm long. It looked like a small earthworm, not like any of the pictures of parastic worms. But still, we thought it better to give worming medication straight away.
     
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    We sandwich tablets between two small chunks of butter.
     
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    I meant worm not work, sorry..
     

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