Tuesday, 20 June 2017
The Tali Alarm
Tali needs her vivitonin a minimum of 30 mins before a meal. In the morning it's working quite well she gets her pill in a diced piece of chicken before she goes out and then comes back in for breakfast. Realising it's not there she hesitates outside her crate, but with a little convincing she goes in to wait for it. We have our breakfast, I get washed and dressed and Tali then has her breakfast with her second pill .. the steroid is strictly "Give with food!" Again the diced chicken breast comes in handy as I pop the pill in one of those and put it on top of her breakfast. It doesn't hit the sides! I buy the diced/cubed chicken in the freezer section in Tesco, they are just ideal for canine pills!
Yep the new routine is working well, but sadly not so in the evening. At 4.30pm Tali comes in with everyone to find one lump of cubed chicken in a bowl in her crate, it's enough to get her in but I have to shut the door quickly. I then go off to feed the cats and prepare our meal with the intention of feeding Tali just before we eat at around 5.15pm .. but I forget. I ask Steve to remind me, but he forgets. Poor Tali has now missed a couple of meals as I've discovered her "tea" in the cupboard when I've gone to prepare her supper. I can't leave the meal out anywhere as the cats will eat it, so I came up with a solution .. My phone now has an alarm set at 5.15pm called the "Tali Teatime Alarm!" Believe me it works, Tali would have missed several meals now without it or at least had them very later. After their meals the large group spend about an hour and a half in their crates, my fear of torsion is so great that I can not risk the youngsters running around after eating, and this is just one of the precautions we take to try and avoid it happening. Of course what ever we do, sometimes it just happens! After their meals Nico and Jezi on the other hand just chill in the living room with us, but no running around, rolling or play fighting is allowed!