GIVING MEDICATION TIPS IP: 220.127.116.11 Posted on March 1, 2007 at 01:29:49 by Rick and Pam
An article from Equisearch prompted my sharing this:
Quite some time ago we had to give Valor antibiotics and Bute for a period of time (when she got the nail in her foot). Valor will not eat PERIOD with any type of medication in her food. She chows down with any of the vitamins/minerals we give her, but any medication at all is taboo. Dr. Ed gave a few tips that worked great.
SMZs soak up water like a sponge; however Bute does not. The trick is to put a couple of drops of water on the tablet/tablets of Bute and let it set for a time – it will eventually soak in and then crush. Add your prescribed amount of SMZs and add water to make a paste (it will be more than what you might think as they do soak it right up). Mix and crush up so that you have no real pill fragments and just paste. At first I mixed this paste with some applesauce, molasses but you could use yogurt, baby foods, corn syrup and I did give some with just nothing but the water paste of meds.
You need a catheter-tip or “dose” syringe. We use the 60 cc syringes. (We have these at the store by the way). Wormer and regular syringes are too narrow of a tip. Paste up your meds in whatever medium you chose and fill the syringe. Make sure it is thin enough to pass through the tip but thick enough not to dribble out all over, and a mistake I made was using too much of the “carrier” at first. So I had more than would fit into the syringe.
Then, just give it as you would a wormer. Our horses are easy to worm so this works like a dream to get their medications into them. What works for a couple of them is to rub the syringe flat along their cheek until they stop bouncing their head (basically just hold it still against their cheek as they bounce along) and then just slip it into the corner of their mouth and it’s done.
The other tip he gave us was in regard to having to soak a foot/hoof. Use Pampers!!!! It works excellent. No standing there trying to keep a foot in a bucket, and we do not have a “soaking” boot. Just soak the Pamper (buy the largest ones) in the warm Epsom salt water mixture. Wrap the Pamper around the foot/hoof and secure with the tapes. We also put a little vet wrap around it to hold it securely. This way she could stand in her stall, have her breakfast and supper, and soak for 20 minutes each time. Just take it off, wrap up with whatever they recommend and it’s done.
I just put the heaviest center padded part of the Pamper on the bottom of her hoof, had her put her foot down, and then just put it up and wrapped it around her cannon bone. I think she actually looked forward to having it on as it felt good. She would stand at the back of the stall when I went down to remove it as if to say “nah I think I’ll leave it on.”
These little tips worked great in the situations we had crop up, and maybe they are something that will come in handy for you in the future.
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