oh, poor Francis.
i think murraysmom and her pup had Lyme disease, and Terry, too.
a gardener friend up there told me it's so prevalent in the east that every gardener he knows has had it. !
as for pills, i had to give Biscuit doxycycline when he was sick, and am now having to give Lady aspirin almost every day. i've heard they have those pill shooter things, but i've never tried one and hesitate to.
however, for Biscuit, i would dissolve the pills in some yummy liquid or hide in liver. for Lady, ditto, except i'll dissolve the aspirin in, say, chicken soup (yea, i know
) or chicken and rice or something and, when all else fails, i'll resort to doggie junk food: cheap canned dog food. i've heard a lot of people have success wrapping the pills in peanut butter, but i've never tried that.
the dissolving thing is a bit problematic --- be sure to put the liquid or food in a separate bowl and watch them!! if they possibly can, they won't eat up the pill stuff, so i sometimes put a little extra liquid in to get Lady to clean her bowl.
good luck. we (knock on wood) don't have lyme disease here, but we're almost no. 1 in the nation for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and are zooming to the top for ehrlichiosis. they've also discovered a new tick disease here, STARI, i think they call it? i've had that, a couple of times! :lol: fortunately, it doesn't have all the horrible side effects of lyme and the others, but it sure is awful --- the tick bite gets huge and inflamed, and you get a very annoying rash. :blink: