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    07-06-2011, 05:13 PM
Horse won't eat his meds

Anyone have a good solution for disguising Doxycyline? He's already sniffed it out of his yummy supplements and molasses. We're trying bran mash next. Could use some additional suggestions as this stuff isn't cheap and he needs to get the full dosage. Thanks.
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    07-06-2011, 05:22 PM
Oh the joys of doxy. I had the pleasure of treating an entire barn of horses at the same time of that stuff. And of course NONE of them ate it.

This is what I had to do.

Buy a coffee grinder to crush the pills (make sure you let it settle before opening the top!) Then dump the crushed pills in a mug, mix with water and a little bit of molasses. Put it in a dosage syringe and shove it down their throat. Unless you check the floor everytime after they eat for pills, it's really the only wait to get them to eat it all.
    07-06-2011, 05:23 PM
Puck, whenever I have to give my boys medicine or dewormers, I dissolve the item in water, pour the water over their feed, and let it soak in. Once the water is completely soaked in, I stir everything up and give it to the horse.

None of my geldings have ever refused food, even with 'poison' in it.
    07-06-2011, 05:28 PM
I don't think doxy dissolves very well. Not like SMZ's anyway.
    07-06-2011, 05:31 PM
Yeah, I was able to make a paste out of it, but couldn't make it vanish. Puck's a sucker for carrots. I'm thinking of juicing some carrots and then putting the poison in the carrot pulp topped with a little carrot juice. Think that would work? I'm all for shoving down his throat if it doesn't!
    07-06-2011, 05:32 PM
I'll have to take your word for it Wetrain, since I've never had to use Doxy.
    07-06-2011, 05:45 PM
Doxy comes in a capsule form, easy to break open. I've fed it dry on feed without objections. Even if your horse won't eat it it will be easy to put into a syringe.
    07-06-2011, 05:49 PM
Open up the capsules, put in a bowl with either applesauce or vanilla icing. Mix together and put in a syringe and squirt into mouth like a wormer. We use both at the vet clinic for medicating.
    07-06-2011, 06:56 PM
When my mare was on 20 pills a day split into 2 feeds, I'd put them in a blender with half an apple and mint flavouring from the grocery store. Never had an issue with her not eating them.
    07-06-2011, 07:34 PM
Sounds like a new product. Apple sauce smoothie!

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