Josh: Well, there certainly isn’t any thrill in taking pills. Given my condition, I am on a pretty heavy cocktail of medication to keep me feeling comfortable. Arthritis is not fun, folks.
Jeter: I am only on the basics. I take a heartworm preventative monthly. We also get flea and tick treatments in the form of a pill.
Alanis: I take the same cocktail Jeter does. The funny thing is that all three of us take the heartworm medication as if it is candy. Little do we know that the medication is essential to keep us healthy. If we understood that, we could certainly force them to use treats to get the pills into our bodies.
Josh: I don’t like my pain medication at all. Mommy buries it in a big hunk of biscuit, and I still find a way to spit them out. I am quite clever (and stubborn) in my old age. As daddy likes to say, I have lost my mobility, but I have not lost my brain. I am still quite aware of my surroundings and can outsmart any of you young whipper snappers!
Jeter: Luckily for me, I have never needed to take medication for my seizures. I hear it can change the personality of the dog, and everyone knows my personality is perfect as is.
Alanis: Your personality is one every dog should strive for. Thankfully, I haven’t needed any kind of medication yet, beyond the essentials. I have yet to wear the “cone of shame” since I came here. I am hoping I can avoid it for as long as possible.
Jeter: The cone is a pain in the ass, no doubt. Josh has to wear it more often than most dogs, but he is such a trooper. The few times I have worn one, I have hated it with a passion.
Josh: It’s fine. I sleep so often that the cone is meaningless.
Alanis: Why is the title of this post “Pills and Thrills, anyway?”
Jeter: Daddy probably wanted to come up with something catchy – listen, doggies, and listen carefully: THERE IS NOTHING THRILLING ABOUT PILLS! NOTHING. Avoid them at all costs, and spit them out so that you can at least force your owners to give you more treats!
Josh: It is also very important for pet owners to understand that human medications may not be suitable for us. Don’t just assume that because you can knock out your back pain with an Aleve that it will also work for us. That is not true. Talk to your doctor about any human medications that may be safe for us to use. I would take it even further than that – research it. Even if a doctor says it is OK, you still may want to read up about any potential problems other dogs have had.
Me: I doubt you will find an owner who will say that giving dogs medication is fun and easy. My dogs do seem to love their heartworm medication (Interceptor), for whatever that reason may be. This medication is essential for your dog. When I was growing up, I had a dog who had issues with heartworm, and it was not a pleasant experience – especially for the dog. You may read some people who may not give this medication – that is essentially playing Russian Roulette with your animal. It is possible they will avoid worms – but if they don’t, expect some potentially serious consequences. Fleas have been an issue with my dogs through the years, so preventive measures are not always 100% – though that is true for most any medication, canine or human. Fleas can be a major problem for your dog’s health and your home. They reproduce rapidly, and you can have an infestation in no time. Keeping your dog up to date on their medications will not only help them long term, but it will also help you and your environment. Heartworm has been found in dogs in all 50 states, though there are areas within certain states where it won’t be as widespread. As always, consult with your vet and make sure your dog is tested for heartworm as well as using the preventative. It is a dangerous disease, but also one that is relatively easy to prevent.