Until this cold spell passes I am giving Raven 1 gram of bute per day to keep her hock comfortable. Raven will not touch any food that has come in contact with powdered bute, and she tightens her lips like a clam when she sees a tube of the paste alternative. Early on I was transfering paste to my fingers and smearing it on her tongue, but (1) it was not healthy for our relationship and (2) it seemed unfair to ask Melissa to continue with the practice in our absence. Before leaving for Hawaii I found a new way:
- Drill a hole into an apple with a 3/8" bit
- Inject paste bute into the hole
- Place apple into morning feed with the hole facing down
She catches on if the hole is facing upwards, but otherwise this method has worked like a charm for two weeks now. I hope it will come in handy for some other FFF readers.