Picky Pergolide Eater Checklist for my Donkey


larkstabatha
 

They are incredibly intuitive and smart.. admirable traits...but they also act to their detriment at times.

Thank you for being so smart and wise in your advice to us Dr. Kellon.  Much appreciated!
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Sally in Big Park, Arizona/April 2013

https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Sally%20with%20Tabby%20and%20Maisie 

  

 

 


Eleanor Kellon, VMD
 
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Try getting some baby food pureed peas. Put a tablespoon or two on top of her bucket meals for a day or two, then do the same but with the pergolide hidden inside. She will likely go for this pea baby food as her first mouthful and since it's not coming directly from your hand won't be suspicious. Also roll the pill thoroughly in some oil before hiding in the baby food as this will cut any odor.

Don't you just love how smart they are?    

 "Flavoring" during compounding is a waste and won't fool any donkey (or other equine) tuned in to avoiding the med. Nor does it help taste. If you have any doubt, check out the taste of "flavored" electrolytes sometime.      
--
Eleanor in PA

www.drkellon.com 
EC Owner 2001
The first step to wisdom is "I don't know."


larkstabatha
 
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Hello...  I looked through the "Files" hoping to find a list of suggestions for giving my Maisie Donkey her compounded Pergolide capsules, and did not find anything there.

I've needed to treat her extensively for some deep wounds on her left hock, and she has gotten very leery of many things, including my attempts to give her Pergolide inside a peanut shell, or in a handful of Stabul 1 as she has taken it for several years in the past.  She sniffs the pill in my hand and turns away.  Syringing is not a good option as she became an expert at holding a solution of unsweetened applesauce and Uniprim in her mouth for a long time, until I let her walk away, and she will then spit it out.  Thinking she would do likewise with Pergolide.

Wondering If flavoring is added at the time of compounding... does this change how the medication smells as well as tastes?

Hoping for some ideas to try as during the wound healing process in the Fall is not the time I want to lose control of her ACTH levels even more (she is now on a 2.5 MG dose).  I thank you very much.

Sally in Big Park, Arizona/April 2013

https://ecir.groups.io/g/CaseHistory/files/Sally%20with%20Tabby%20and%20Maisie