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post #11 of 16 Old 03-08-2017, 04:50 PM
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Did you try breaking the pills in half before soaking them? sometimes that can make a huge difference depending on the coating. Otherwise I would look for a better grinder. That is a lot of pills to be doing by hand. Good luck!

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How about an inexpensive hand mill for milling wheat? They are built pretty sturdy and grind really well. That one is about $30.

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post #13 of 16 Old 03-08-2017, 05:37 PM
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Your vet absolutely certain that the pills are ok to be crushed (I ask coz slow release pills are purposefully difficult to crush - they need to have harder shells to dissolve for said reason)? I am always one to be paranoid just please please ensure that these are NOT the slow release/modified metformin.

That aside u would need to buy an expensive ice crusher - for smoothies. I'm obsessed with crushing ice for drinks and let me tell u: SPEND THE MONEY. Do not waste it buying cheapos.

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OPTION 2: Buy a really sturdy chopping knife and make it sharp. With it you won't be crushing initially - just slicing it instead/scraping which will make it much easier.

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post #14 of 16 Old 03-09-2017, 07:57 AM
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Many times you can purchase powdered drugs instead of pills....
Metformin is a drug for lowering blood sugar over a period of time, so time released medication.
Grinding up tablets will "dump" the medication into the digestive system which in turn will dump the horses blood sugar levels quickly but not for a sustained time.
I would suggest you consult with the vet about administering these pills ground up as you are doing before continuing...
If they work at all like they do in a human you could be doing some harm to the animal...
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Thank you all for the idea's I think we are going to try a blender since I am skeptical how long coffee grinders will last with these pills.
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post #16 of 16 Old 03-09-2017, 02:58 PM Thread Starter
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thanks for the concern, we have confirmed with our vet that crushing the medication would be safe. We have even looked into the option of a paste or liquid substitute however as $34 per day, and $75 per day as well as the volume of each that would need to equate to his dose it is not feasible. We are going to start testing out blenders to see what will perform the best.
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