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How can I get my dog to take worming tablets?!?

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NotPennysBoat Mon 12-Feb-18 21:29:34

Please help, at the end of my tether and out of ideas! Old lab, eats basically anything UNLESS it's even TOUCHED a worming tablet.
I've tried crushing them in gravy, concealing in sausage/cheese/chicken, forcing down the mouth... all to no avail.
He has to take three of the damn things every three months and I'm tearing my hair out. Any ideas PLEASE!?!

AdoraBell Mon 12-Feb-18 21:31:16

I crush them and hide them in butter. Some dogs like peanut butter, but my pooches love normal butter.

cantthinkofanythingwitty Mon 12-Feb-18 21:33:13

I crushed mine into kfc gravy. Only way I could get my dog to have them

user1486076969 Mon 12-Feb-18 21:38:07

Cheesegrin, or just get the new 'dog tasty' ones

missbattenburg Mon 12-Feb-18 21:41:04

I've had success with a tablet shy dog before by cutting up a few pieces of cheese, each one big enough to hide a tablet in. Only put the tablet in one piece.

Chucked him an untainted piece so he had to catch it in the air.
Chucked him another untainted piece.
And another.
Then chucked the tablet one.

By the time he got to the fourth piece he was just gulping back the cheese without tasting or chewing it. Job done.

NorksAreMessy Mon 12-Feb-18 21:44:23

I was coming on to say exactly what missb has said.
I have four omnivores who happily guzzle worming tablet crushed in their normal dinner and then one PRINCESS who can suss out molecules of tablet and separate them from the good stuff.
The ONLY way is to make up cheese spheres, and make a game of it, so she is swallowing before she thinks.
Even then, she sometimes catches on

Fingers crossed though, no dog has ever had worms....fingers crossed

stressedoutfred Mon 12-Feb-18 21:44:28

It's bloody hard!! Our pup knows when there's a tablet in anything, even crushed hmm. Last time we went to the vets they sold us a worming paste that came in a syringe looking thing, much easier!

Wolfiefan Mon 12-Feb-18 21:46:53

Corned beef
Primula
Babybel
Three? How big is he?!?!
And YY to giving some without the tablet in, then with, then without.

SeniorRita Mon 12-Feb-18 21:49:53

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lirpaloof Mon 12-Feb-18 21:59:13

A tip I was given by a veterinary nurse was to put the tablet in the dog's mouth, lift his/her head up so their throat is elongated and then gently rub the throat area which causes them to swallow. My dog could always tell when her food contained crushed up tablets and this way worked a treat without causing any distress.

Bubble2bubble Mon 12-Feb-18 22:23:44

A tablet in cat food never fails.
For my dogs cat food is the apparently most highly valued delicacy in the world hmm

AvocadosBeforeMortgages Mon 12-Feb-18 22:24:56

Drontal does ones that are meant to taste nice. I didn't test it plain, but wrapped in room temperature butter. PestDog ate it gladly, though he's not the brightest dog.

honeyroar Mon 12-Feb-18 22:52:13

My old lab eats ANYTHING apart from worming tablets - unless I pretend it's for the cat and "accidentally" drop it - then she eats it before I can grab it!

Otherwise I do the vet nurse's trick detailed above.

DontMakeMeShushYou Mon 12-Feb-18 23:08:08

What lirpaloof said.

Our old dog would guzzle cheese, tuna, chicken, etc without it even touching the sides, unless it had been within 3 feet of a worming tablet, so this was the only method that worked. Even then, there was a technique to get it right. You need to put the tablet quite far back on their tongue to get them to swallow it. Otherwise they just tuck it under their tongue, or in their gums and spit it out when you let go.

ChangingStates Mon 12-Feb-18 23:24:09

I had the same problem with my cat, vet gave me liquid wormer you squeeze onto the skin on the back of their neck, like the flea stuff. Not sure you can get it for dogs but may be worth asking

ThespianTendencies Mon 12-Feb-18 23:49:07

I crushed it first then wedged it into a square of chicken and gave it as a treat after she did a wee in the garden . She didn't even notice -I am assuming she just expecteda treat and didn't even really taste it.

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