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Dec. 3, 2013 10:35 pm 
Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 10:23 pm
It was about 4 months ago that I was talking to my sis, when she suggested that perhaps our greyhound would take his meds (he's got Valley Fever...) if I wrapped the pills in a piece of "cheap" American cheese.  You know the stuff, made from veg. oil or such, and imitates Velveeta - probably not fit for eating if you're "health concious," but we're not all that picky most of the time... and Razzle certainly doesn't care!

I've been cutting a slice in 4, and wrapping two pills in each quarter twice daily for the poor ol' boy.  It does work - I imagine similar to an oyster on the half shell... it seems to slide right down his throat.  It didn't take the Afghan hound long to learn that if he horned in, he would get a square of cheese also.  They've both become aware that when the pill box rattles, and the cheese slice is unwrapped from it's cellophane, it's time for a "treat."  Enter the younger of our two cats!  She's content with just a smidge, torn off the corner of Kenyon's piece, but now when it's time for Razzle to take his meds, I've got two large dogs, and a very fat black cat breathing in my face!

Thanksgiving has come and gone for yet another year, now the clock ticks as Christmas approaches...  I hope that you and yours have a wonderful holiday season!  The nex time you look at a cheese platter, think of crazycook and my brood of cheese hungery pets! 

Be well!
Kitchie Julien 
Dec. 4, 2013 10:17 am
I discovered something even easier is using the cheese in a can that you spray onto your hand plop the pills in this and feed to your dog. The squares of velvets sometimes crumble, a vet taught me to do this. I also live in the valley of the sun.
Dec. 4, 2013 1:57 pm
Too funny Stevie as my two grand puppies were here this weekend and the smaller of the two .... and by small I mean 65 lbs .... is on prednisone. We stuck the two pills in a slice of a hot dog wiener! You see my cats love cheese but hate hotdogs!!! By the way the big one is a whopping 95 lbs. Happy Holidays to you my Crazy Friend!
Dec. 5, 2013 5:17 am
LOL! You should see the faces here at this house :) Whenever anyone needs a pill it's hidden in cheese. I hope your holiday season has started well and the New Year treats you even better!
Dec. 5, 2013 7:33 am
Hi Stevie! When I had to give my dogs pills-turkey lunchmeat did the trick. However, cheese was always a favorite, too! Even if one of my dogs didn't need a pill, you are right they sit and wait for the treat. BTW, what is Valley Fever?
Dec. 5, 2013 10:54 am
Kitchie Julien - interesting... though I doubt EITHER product really qualifies as "cheese," lol! I must move somewhere warm, 55 for today's hi and I'm freezing! Central Phx, Cornonado btw. Be well!
Dec. 5, 2013 10:57 am
Terry, happy holidays back at ya! Raz is about 72, and Kenyon 93ish - guess we both know what it feels like when a "dog" steps on your foot! Tried the hot dog thing, but cheese worked better for me as he kept eating the dog, but spitting out the pills! Be well!
Dec. 5, 2013 10:59 am
Cat, be well and happy through the holidays! Cooking up a storm? Began holiday baking yesterday...
Dec. 5, 2013 11:04 am
Lela, Valley Fever is carried in the dust that blows the lower desert (and maybe elsewhere.) Symptoms in humans can be slight as a "cold," or bad as deadly. Experts say that if you've lived here 7 years, you've had it at one time or another. In the dog, it has settled in his bones of all things - not his lungs/head. Meds for about a year, if he's able to "kick it" at all... He's 10yo, an old man in Greyhound years... We're hoping for the best, of course! Be well, and happy holidays!
Dec. 5, 2013 12:02 pm
Imitation Velveeta? Dang! ... In case I don't get around before the holidays, I want you to have a joyous Christmas and New Year, Stevie!
Dec. 5, 2013 7:57 pm
Our 2 cats love a little chicken or turkey occasionally, and our dog used to love a piece of cheese to take his meds with-loved your blog post
Dec. 5, 2013 8:01 pm
Hi Stevie how was your Thanksgiving? Great I bet. One of my cats loves all sorts of cheese, but there is no wrapping a pill in it. She eats the cheese and spits the pill out. I hope your pup makes a good recovery.
Dec. 6, 2013 7:51 am
My old Dobie got wise to the cheese, hot dog or whatever else I tried to hide a pill in & spit it out while keeping the treat. Her sense of smell was too good for making a powder & mixing it in - she'd spit the treat out rather than eat the med. I finally started smashing a tablet or emptying a capsule in butter & wiping it on the roof of her mouth - it melted so fast she couldn't get rid of anything. I did have to catch her off guard, though, as she got wise to me coming at her holding a finger out in front of me...hope I haven't "jinxed" your success, just wanted to present an alternative if your dog wises up! Good luck - my girl made it to 16, so your dog may have several more years to go (I hope!)
Dec. 6, 2013 10:11 pm
Mike, thanks for the best wishes, and right back at ya! Hope that you/yours have a wonderful Christmas season and a safe, prosperous New Year! Be well, friend!
Dec. 6, 2013 10:12 pm
Paula, thanks bunches, and happy holidays to you! Be safe and happy!
Dec. 6, 2013 10:18 pm
BigShotsMom, T-Day was a bit of an effort... Think I'm having to adjust to my new "head med" as I got a bit bitchy, then took a long nap! Saw shrink Monday, and have been pondering "things," but alas I couldn't get hold of her today! Funny how many fur friends can swallow the yummies, but spit out what they really NEED! Worst case, I'll shove a pill down his throat with a finger - done it many times, but I sure don't like to do it! Another month or so before more bloodwork... then maybe 6 more months of the pills, poor ol' guy! Be well, friend, and have a safe and happy Christmas, New Year!
Dec. 6, 2013 10:23 pm
scootersandi, thanks for the advice! I hope that Raz will continue to scarf down the cheese, but I first tried the pill coated in p-nut butter... not too successful! Could try grinding the pill and mixing with p-nut butter tho' if he gets stubborn... Greyhounds are so laid back though, that he'd let me do just about anything, I think! Be well, and happy holidays!
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About Me
Started cooking many years ago, and learned as I went. First meal may have been "steak & chips" at age 15, in Birmingham England, where I lived for several years. Mostly grew up in MI, transplanted to the desert 30yrs ago, or so. Favorite cookbook is "Better Homes", also enjoy "Great British Cooking, a well kept secret." Hesitate to call myself "expert," but friends do rave...
My favorite things to cook
Italian has been my "specialty" for some time, and my "signature" meal is Lasagne, salad, garlic bread, which I first made 20yrs ago... from SCRATCH, very first time I made it. (Never again, folks...) Now start with a big jar of sauce!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Thanks to my heritage, I have enjoyed trying foods from different cultures. We still have beer battered fish, and chips of course; ground meat dishes often, chicken occasionally, pork too. I would love to submit a bean dip recipe, however, my ex who gave me the original has passed, and I have no way to verify that it didn't come from another source! I also enjoy British cooking (with a few yankee twists) and once made Plum puddings, also known as Christmas puddings, as far as I know... what an ordeal that was, but well worth the effort. Today, there is mail order!
My cooking triumphs
Greatest triumph was not too long ago, when I held a sit down dinner for 12, Lasagne being the entree. It was a fund raiser I chose to sponsor, and am proud to say that "we" raised over $1000 from that meal alone, minimum donation being $25. All proceeds collected were donated; my partner and I provided the meal and beverages.
My cooking tragedies
MEATLOAF of all things! Went through a stage of "winging" it each time, and I pulled one after another out of the oven that were almost unedible. As yet, not too big on baking... no sweet tooth here! Have dabbled, but find doughs/pastries especially difficult, perhaps as it's 90 degrees in my kitchen much of the year.
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