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fracturedcircle 07-02-2010 01:45 AM

oral meds
 
we failed miserably at giving Sweetie oral meds. there's no **** way to prevent him from balling up. we tried swaddling him in a towel--no good. we tried getting him to bite the syringe--he didn't. any videos on how to do this stuff?

LarryT 07-02-2010 08:00 AM

Re: oral meds
 
You could try to scruff him. Just like scruffing a cat-grab with one hand on either side of the quill line and lift. It's easier to do with some hedgehogs than others.

Nancy 07-02-2010 08:36 AM

Re: oral meds
 
If I remember correctly he is on Metronidazole? It is HORRID HORRID HORRID tasting unless it's flavoured so he may be reacting to that as well. Even flavoured it is not good.

Get some Hill's A/D from the vet and try syringing just it to him. If necessary, when he is in a ball, squirt a little bit down on his tummy. If you can't get any on his tummy, try putting a bit in front of him when he is standing. Once he gets a taste he should start to become more willing to take the syringe. Once you get him eating the a/d from the syringe, you can then add the meds in with it.

Scruffing works too but remember to support his bum so he isn't hanging by the scruff.

hedgielover 07-02-2010 12:12 PM

Re: oral meds
 
I hold Quigley on his back and gently scruff him so I'm just forcing his face out a bit. Usually I have to do this with a few layers of fleece between me and him. Once I have him in position I bug the side of his face with the syringe, poking it under his lip. When he opens his mouth I squirt a bit in. I've never had to do it with bad tasting meds. My guess is he would learn not to open his mouth or learn to squirm around enough to prevent me from syringing them to him. That's why we practice with chicken or turkey baby food.

fracturedcircle 07-02-2010 03:18 PM

Re: oral meds
 
he eats it with chicken. i can stick with that, right?

smhufflepuff 07-02-2010 03:42 PM

Re: oral meds
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nancy
If I remember correctly he is on Metronidazole? It is HORRID HORRID HORRID tasting unless it's flavoured so he may be reacting to that as well. Even flavoured it is not good.

Get some Hill's A/D from the vet and try syringing just it to him. If necessary, when he is in a ball, squirt a little bit down on his tummy. If you can't get any on his tummy, try putting a bit in front of him when he is standing. Once he gets a taste he should start to become more willing to take the syringe. Once you get him eating the a/d from the syringe, you can then add the meds in with it.

Scruffing works too but remember to support his bum so he isn't hanging by the scruff.

+1 to the scruffing

Didn't Ursula post a video on scruffing a hedgie awhile back on old HHC? *searching*
Ah, yeah, here it is: https://hedgehogcentral.com/oldforum/...showtopic=3077

It's nasty even with the flavoring (yes, I tried a drop that fell on my fingers). Mixing it with food helped it go down the first couple times, but the flavor breaks through and then a certain hedgie I know became suspicious. So I'll also second the idea of syringing with just plain food, so hedgie can have yummy time without the nasties.

Herisson 07-02-2010 07:08 PM

Re: oral meds
 
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php ... 664&ref=mf

Here is how I give Baytril which is extra nasty. :mrgreen:

LarryT 07-02-2010 07:11 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Herisson
http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=129126250450812&saved#!/video/video.php?v=134971063199664&ref=mf

Here is how I give Baytril which is extra nasty. :mrgreen:

That is a great idea :) thanks for sharing ;) this is a big help to anyone having problems syringe feeding medications to their hedgie.

fracturedcircle 07-02-2010 07:36 PM

Re: oral meds
 
Herisson is my new hero :-)

Herisson 07-02-2010 07:49 PM

Re: oral meds
 
Thank you! :mrgreen:

I use a insulin needle to do it and the big canned crickets. The mini ones and also meal worms are too small. It works every time. I hope I'm not jinxing myself...


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