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Old 12-21-2010, 04:21 PM   #11 (permalink)
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That's a great write-up PapilionRu!
Katie, I hope Herc gets better very soon!
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:42 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That's a great write-up PapilionRu!
Katie, I hope Herc gets better very soon!
That was a great write up, perfect for the first-time syringer!

And thank you for the well wishes too.

Last question...Is it ok to mix the food and the Baytril, or does it need to be kept seperate? If so, which one do i do first?
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Old 12-21-2010, 04:49 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I have 2 questions for you PapilionRu.
If we don't have it already, would it be possible to make a sticky with those instructions & pictures?
Is it a good idea to practice syringe feeding? I mean, perhaps with just a little so they (& you) get comfortable with it? I've been practicing scruffing with my hedgies, then giving treats. I think we're all pretty comfortable with it now. Would the same apply?



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Also - I hope you come home to a healthier Herc! Sorry he's not been feeling well.



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Old 12-21-2010, 05:06 PM   #15 (permalink)
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That was a great write up, perfect for the first-time syringer!

And thank you for the well wishes too.

Last question...Is it ok to mix the food and the Baytril, or does it need to be kept seperate? If so, which one do i do first?
Yes do a bit of the food then the medicine and then more food. You want him to get a bit of food first before he gets to the medicine and the rest of the syringe can be food.

Pic below shows you what I mean ( lighter color is the medicine part)
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If we don't have it already, would it be possible to make a sticky with those instructions & pictures?
I agree, this should be a sticky unless we already have one.
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Completely agree, this should be a sticky!

Katie, I hope Hercules will feel better soon. One thing I did last time Mustard was sick, I put some kibble in bed with her, in her igloo. Sometimes they don't want to get up to eat but will eat in bed (spoiled little piggies.) maybe it's worth trying it, besides syringe feeding him of course.
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Old 12-21-2010, 05:18 PM   #18 (permalink)
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I have 2 questions for you PapilionRu.
If we don't have it already, would it be possible to make a sticky with those instructions & pictures?
Is it a good idea to practice syringe feeding? I mean, perhaps with just a little so they (& you) get comfortable with it? I've been practicing scruffing with my hedgies, then giving treats. I think we're all pretty comfortable with it now. Would the same apply?
Yes, it is a good idea to practice it and get your hedgehogs used to it. I've done it with all my herd here and don't have any problems now unless they are in a bad mood, but they love the Hills A/d so that rarely happens, they know what they are about to get.

If at any time your hedgehog gets sick then he/she will be used to been syringe fed and you won't have much of a struggle. This is especially important for getting your hedgehog to take medicine.

I can make a post and get Nancy to Sticky it for us
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I had to give Pliny oral antibiotics for an ingrown quill (nasty infection developed in the follicle) - 2 kinds of meds 3 times a day. I got quite lucky as Pliny really didn't mind having the syringe stuck in his mouth, but I also kept him swaddled whilst doing so. It really helps and I think it makes the hedgie feel a little safer/more secure and less exposed. They also can't ball up as easily.
I agree that this would make a great sticky. And practice makes perfect - it is always useful if things like syringe feeding are routine in the event of an emergency.
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Old 12-22-2010, 10:37 AM   #20 (permalink)
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*UPDATE*

Hi all,

So I tried to wrap him up in his blankie last night, and all **** broke loose. He acted like he thought I was trying to smother him! He started making these loud angry squeaks I've never heard before and trying desperately to get away from me. Someone please tell me this will get easier, as he needs to take his Baytril for 2 weeks!

On a positive note, he wheeled a little last night, and ate about 20 kibbles on his own, so he definitely is starting to feel better. His breathing was still rattly, but hopefully the Baytril will kick in soon and start to work it's magic.
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