Thank you Faithless for the tip, although I have tried this method also, again without success, some time later the pill will be found on the floor!
I have just now given him the steroid tablet prescribed by the vet, this tablet was a very small one and this time he seems to have swallowed it, however, the antibiotic still remains
inside the piece of beef dripping it had been wrapped in
Please keep any tips coming that may be out there, I will try anything I can to help him
I did try leaving the collar off for a few mins, but almost immediately he began to lick the sore part again, so had to put it back on him, poor Sammy, he looks so depressed and miserable.
It is rather strange though, when I washed the sore part with the liquid provided by the vet, he actually was purring, then I applied a layer of the cream, this seems to help also, but still does NOT prevent him from licking it (perhaps it tastes good!)
Anyway, I`ll keep on trying anything to help
Its heartbreaking to see him so miserable and unhappy.
Our one year old seems to be upset also, she has bonded so well with Sammy and obviously does not like to see him so unhappy.