Spring is slowly arriving up here in the North but during and after the long dark days of winter we need to take certain supplements in our diet in order to get some vital vitamins, such as vitamin D which you get from sunlight. In addition to vitamin D, I choose to take vitamin C, magnesium and calcium supplements. Sometimes I feel more like a granny taking all my pills with a big gulp of water each morning. Thank goodness summer is approaching and I can cut down on my meds soon.. well, only to replace them with allergy meds.
As most dog owners very well know, it’s not as easy getting dogs to take swallow tablets if they need to take antibiotics, for example. Dogs have the unbelievable talent to filter the medicine tablet out of any kind of treat, even at times lick the tablet clean from the tasty paté it was coated in like an antibiotic-filled hors d’oeuvre swimming in a fountain of foie gras (ok maybe going overboard here a little bit but you know what I mean).
Thank goodness Nala is greedy enough to just attack any treat she is offered and gulp it down in a flash without thinking twice, but my parents’ dog Milo is completely opposite. Not only does he sift out the tablets like a whale shark filtering plankton but he also has the sixth sense of knowing BEFOREHAND when anyone is even planning to give him tablets camouflaged as treats. And you’d think crushing them and mixing the bits into dog food would help, but this only encourages Milo to go on a hunger strike. So the only way to give him medication is through vaccines.
Thinking about it, I’m pretty darn glad Nala has a supersize-me-appetite.