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  • Easiest Way to Crush Pills?

    My horse is on 30 Isoxsuprine pills a day (15 twice a day) for three weeks. He is going to be doing his 30 days stall rest at my trainers and I want to make it easy for him and have all the pills already crushed in labeled baggies. What is the easiest and fastest way to crush them into powder? I have one of those pill crushers from the pharmacy but you can only crush one or two pills at a time.

    TIA
    RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
    May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
    RIP San Lena Peppy
    May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

  • #2
    little coffee grinder...either electric or battery powered. I usually do the old fashioned method though and use my little mortar and pestle.
    Cindy

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    • #3
      Seconding the coffee grinder idea -- a white or light colored one well marked with its new dedicated purpose!

      Be careful of breathing in the dust as you open it.

      (Also check whether and how long the drug will retain its effectiveness if you grind it up.)
      --
      Wendy
      ... and Patrick

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        #4
        Fantastic idea!!! I have one I bought to crush flax seed and only used it once.......this will be fantastic THANKS!
        RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
        May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
        RIP San Lena Peppy
        May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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        • #5
          Any chance your horse will just eat them whole in his grain. The few time I have fed Isoxsuprine they ate the pills without a problem.

          Otherwise use the coffee grinder.

          Christa

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Christa P View Post
            Any chance your horse will just eat them whole in his grain. The few time I have fed Isoxsuprine they ate the pills without a problem.
            Christa
            70-80 Doxy twice a day for weeks.... (70 I think, I forget) Good girl ate em whole in her grain, every last one... failing that, I definitely would have bought a coffee grinder for the task...
            Nudging "Almost Heaven" a little closer still...
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            • #7
              Get a cheap Coffee Grinder!!!! My mare caught on to all the pills in her beet pulp and now I have to dose her with a syringe. My coffee grinder is my friend!!!
              "You are under arrest for operating your mouth under the influence of
              ignorance!" Officer Beck

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              • #8
                We bought a marble mortar and pestle off the bargain table at a high end kitchen appliance and tools shop. I think we paid $5 for it. Works great with one tab or a dozen big ones (like tribris).

                G.
                Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão

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                • #9
                  I use my chopper - from pampered chef - or vince

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                  • #10
                    Its been a few years since I used it, but IIRC, Isoxsuprine dissolves really well in just a little bit of water, have you tried that?

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                    • #11
                      Dissolve in some flat coke/diet coke, pour over grain.

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                      • #12
                        Hands down easiest way I've used is a large syringe and hot water. Makes a paste and is easy to give like a wormer.

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                        • #13
                          I bought a case of the mini sized water bottles. Just drop the pills in, give a little shake, and pour over grain. I set it up a day or 2 in advance so all my feeder had to do was pour it into my mare's grain.
                          Happy Hour-TB
                          Cowboy Casanova - Brandenburg

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                          • #14
                            We just put pills in a bag and crush with hammer

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                              #15
                              I checked with the vet last night and it was ok to crush the pills in advance so I ended up crushing all 1000 pills in the coffee grinder (15 pills at a time). It worked like a charm I gave him his first dose last night and he didn't even notice it in his grain. 15 pills didn't produce as much powder as I imagined it would.

                              Thanks for all the great suggestions
                              RIP Sucha Smooth Whiskey
                              May 17,2004 - March 29, 2010
                              RIP San Lena Peppy
                              May 3, 1991 - March 11, 2010

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Christa P View Post
                                Any chance your horse will just eat them whole in his grain. The few time I have fed Isoxsuprine they ate the pills without a problem.

                                Otherwise use the coffee grinder.

                                Christa
                                I also had a mare on 15 isoxsuprine 2x a day and she ate them whole in her grain. Coffee grinder is a great idea for that many!
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                                • #17
                                  This is the one I have:

                                  http://www.smartpakequine.com/pill-c...x?cm_vc=Search

                                  I used to use the coffee grinder, was not happy with the dust and waste (I didn't think it was good to have all that flying around the kitchen with everyone breathing and touching it).
                                  There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams

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                                  • #18
                                    If the horse won't eat them whole, and if they won't readily dissolve in water, I put pills in a plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Aliascml View Post
                                      We just put pills in a bag and crush with hammer

                                      Outstanding! That is exactly what I do. Keep it simple

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                                      • #20
                                        Isox has no taste so they will just eat them whole. Munchkins Mom, it is a human medicine prescribed for premature labor (that's why you have to give so many pills--they were made for us) so you are right to eschew the dust.
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