Doc is one of the most difficult pigs to give medicine to. Unfortunately, I've never had to give him medicine until his neuter which makes it so much harder as I'm so afraid of hurting him or opening his incision.
Well, I saw this thread earlier and the pictures were so helpful, that I tried it myself. It ended with a very pissed off piggy who had taken his antibiotic in 5 minutes! With your method, it really does make the mouth open...and then in went the meds. He never saw it coming.
I'm going to go do the happy dance now. :)
- I GAVE, dammit!
We've had some really difficult people (yes, they're people to us, not just pigs) here to try and give meds or handfeed. I discovered the nose pinching thing when we had to flush Rosie's chin abscess all the time. He hated having his abscess flushed and I hated getting gooky smelly abscess gunk all over me. So I came up with that.. Do the pinch, lift that head up, make sure their butt is safely tucked into your elbow so they can't back up, and you can pretty much do anything with the pig.
The pig in the pictures is our Lilo, the Diva Sow. She is so cool she lets you do just about anything - Stick your fingers in her mouth, yank on her lips, whatever. She just looks at you like, "Okay, stupid.. I'll take a carrot whenever you're ready." So she really is a great med taker - But I knew she'd sit still for the photos. :)
We have never had trouble with meds, but this may be because we give the Oxbow vitamin C crushed with cranberry juice, so it is a treat to them. The pigs are used to a syringe and it usually means good news. We even tried feeding Critical Care of even water and they fight over the syringe.
- GL is Just Peachy
- I GAVE, dammit!
The little bugger actually wouldn't open his mouth! Normally he throws his head from side to side and screams bloody murder. Last night he sat there and just wouldn't open!