The latest thing we’ve done is train for taking oral medications. This isn’t really that much different from training for taking oral dewormers. Since I’ve trained Atty and Ollie to take oral dewormers, I knew I wouldn’t have too much trouble with this. Certain things were already in place: holding up a syringe, waiting for Atty to sniff it, targeting the side of his face at the lip line, inserting the syringe and pushing the plunger.
As with wormers, this medication didn’t taste all that great. The first time I pushed the syringe, he took it and seemed okay. The second time I tried, he walked away. You see, the “medication” is a homeopathic remedy in liquid form and it is 10% vodka. I’m sure he didn’t care for the vodka, even at only 10% of the solution.
The remedy is also supposed to be taken without food and with a 15-minute delay before giving food (or one hour after eating).
However, I had no intention of forcing this remedy into him. I used food anyway, knowing that it would only be a for a short while. We got the remedy on July 13, 2015, and started training a couple of days later.
Here’s what it looked like in the beginning:
By July 31, I could give the syringe of remedy and reinforce with scratching. Mr. Atticus is very itchy!