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Pill Time

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It is a lazy Sunday morning and we have finished a glorious breakfast of blueberry pancakes with luscious fresh maple syrup tapped from local trees at S & S Sugar Bush. It being early in the month, we realized it was time to ask Delilah to take her prescribed heartworm pill. The first time Cyndie presented one to her when we were new dog owners, Delilah gobbled it up enthusiastically. That worked a few more times before something registered with our dear dog that she didn’t like it after all.

This confuses us to no end because we have seen the extremely wide range of disgusting things Delilah otherwise delightfully ingests. Seriously, can this pill taste worse than a mummified carcass that was lying in a farm field that had recently been covered in nasty smelling fresh manure?

This morning, Cyndie tried slipping it into a hard-boiled egg that was reaching the end of its refrigerator life. Surely Delilah would delight in an egg getting past its freshness date.

Of course she did! But the pill dropped right out on the floor. Next came some peanut butter. I warned Cyndie that the last time I tried that, Delilah licked the peanut butter off until the pill was getting slimy, leaving it behind.

DSCN3401eI think Cyndie should try slipping it in when she is giving Delilah and Pequenita some shared treat time. It has become their favorite routine to receive cat treats on the kitchen floor together. The cat takes time to crunch hers into several bites, but Delilah gobbles the little morsels up so fast that I’m afraid for fingers that don’t get out of the way in time.

Seems to me to be the ideal time to slip in the old heartworm pill with a little slight of hand so she wolfs it down before realizing what it is. If it doesn’t work, at least it might teach her to slow down and savor this opportunity of sharing space with her sister of another species.

Cyndie enjoyed success with her peanut butter trick this time, so my idea will have to wait another month to be tested. Something tells me Delilah will never fall for it, anyway.

Sure makes me wonder what could be so bad in that little pill, compared to all the vile things our dog fights to get into her mouth at other times…










Written by johnwhays

May 3, 2015 at 9:28 am

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  1. The heartworm stuff we use is a “chewy” cube–looks and smells like a treat, and is also consumed that way. When we remember to give it, that is….. :/


    May 3, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    • You’ve inspired me to check with our vet about getting a different type next time. I wonder if they come in “cat-treat” flavor. Delilah sure loves cat treats!
      It really helps me to have the date we last gave it written on the box. From the dates we’ve recorded, our “month” seems to have about 35 days in it.


      May 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      • I think ours is called HeartGuard…


        May 3, 2015 at 9:55 pm

      • Thanks. I’ll ask about it.


        May 4, 2015 at 6:27 am

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