|The setup: scale, pig, weight journal, meds and reward|
Back in August I started by hiding the pill in a bit of banana. So easy! One whiff of that and down the hatch. Which was great, until Noli remembered that bananas aren't supposed to crunch. She stopped eating banana.
I had similar luck with melon rind and bell pepper. Then I stopped this approach fearing Noli would refuse all fresh veggies thinking I was sneaking something into it. I had some practice with wrestling pills into a guinea pig with Pinniped. If it gets back to the molars, there's a crunch and that's the end of the pill. Perfect.
That worked once with Cannoli. Once.
After that? She sits slack-jawed for a moment, then carefully works the pill up to her lips and spits it out. Smack, smack, smack, spit. What a stubborn little rodent!
Next tactic - I offered her a "chaser" after giving her the pill, in hopes that munching something good would make her forget about the pill in her mouth. Again, it worked all of one time then she got wise.
I am losing a battle of will power with an 820g rodent. (Which, sadly, isn't the first time.)
|Post-pill stink eye|
As of last week, my best luck is with an apple peel chaser. That's tasty enough that it all goes down (well, until last night - I'm still not sure how she managed that).
So until I get a suspension, we have a twice-daily staring contest: Noli sulks and gives me the stink eye as I watch to see if she spits out the pill. If she takes too long before she tries to spit it out, it dissolves. I win. She hasn't quite grasped that it is going to go down, even if it takes me three attempts to do it.
Stubborn, head strong, willful little pig. Cannoli, I'm not doing this to torture you. I am trying to make you feel better. The DO NOT WANT is strong in this pig. However, the I AM THE MAMA is stronger.
Or at least it is for today.