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I crush the pills, mix them with a bit of wet dog food and some powdered green tripe to make it extra enticing. Or mix it with a sardine out of a can. Or a bit of cooked liver or liver pate, Basically something awesome and stinky and soft.

We also give subcutaneous injections ourselves (one of us distracts the dog and the other one gives the shot) - often the pup doesn't even flinch. But the key is to know what you are doing, be decisive and do it fast and accurately. Also, using a separate needle to pull the medication up and then a fresh needle to inject the dog helps (sharp needle = less pain).

Also, ask the vet if there is any way to start he treatment and work out a payment plan. Sometimes they are willing to work something out with responsible owners (but sometimes they can't, of course).
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