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Old 01-20-2019, 08:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Fist-Aid Kit updates?

I've been reading the thread with the recommended First-Aid Kit supplies.

I see the thread is over 10 years old. Has anything changed?

Is Hills A/D canned cat food still recommended to keep on hand in case syringe feeding is needed?

Is Ensure needed in addition? Is Bene-bac something that could be used in place of Ensure?

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Old 01-21-2019, 09:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hills A/D is a great food for syringe feeding. It is a high calorie food that is easily digestable. I typically have a can on hand as a just in case, however you can get away with a good pate style canned cat food. Last year I started using Wellness chicken pate instead of Hills A/D for a hedgehog. She was losing weight on Hills, we switched to Wellness and she regained her weight.

Bene-bac and Ensure are very different products.

Bene-bac is a probiotic meant to help the digestive system when a hedgehog has green stools. A common problem when they are on antibiotics. I personally won't use bene-bac. Instead I use a high count probiotic sold in health food stores for humans. A sprinkle on their food often will help.

Ensure is meant to be a liquid food replacement. I used to use this a lot, but look at the ingredient list. Its not food in my book, but instead its mostly sugar. I typically don't worry about this anymore.
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Old 01-21-2019, 11:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you for the updates and suggestions!
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