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hercsmom 12-21-2010 10:37 AM

Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Hi guys,

As you may have read on my previous post from yesterday, my little boy is sick again. I went to the vet last night and picked up some Baytril for him, and we started that yesterday. However, normally he eats about 40-45 kibbles a night, last night he ONLY ATE 5!! He still ran a lot, but he kept stopping to sneeze. I got him out of his cage at around 3am because he was sniffling so bad, and he had a huge booger smeared down the one side of his face. This morning when I saw barely any kibbles gone, I became extremely worried. He's been sick a few times, but he still eats a good 20-30 kibbles when he's been sick.

I had some banana flavored baby food (his favorite) on hand, so I gave him 1 cc of it in a syringe this morning, just so he had something in his belly. There was actually 2 cc's in the syringe, but 1 of them ended up all over his face in the struggle.

Here are my questions:

1) Is there an easier way to syringe feed (either medicine or food)? He struggles so much, and I hate having to try to force things on him, even though I know it's for his own good.

2) With an illness, when do you start syringe feeding? Is it right away if he hasn't eaten the night before, or should i have waited a day or 2?

Any advice or help is appreciated, I'm really worried about my boy. :(

RalphsMum 12-21-2010 11:22 AM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
i'm not a syringe feeding expert by any means...I had the same struggle with Ralph when I tried to do it...

I just wanted to say that I hope Herc gets well really soon!

hercsmom 12-21-2010 12:01 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by RalphsMum
i'm not a syringe feeding expert by any means...I had the same struggle with Ralph when I tried to do it...

I just wanted to say that I hope Herc gets well really soon!

Thank you! I'll be sure to give him an extra cuddle for you :)

amber.vroman 12-21-2010 12:28 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
I am so sorry you have to go through this. Syringe feeding is difficult because it breaks your heart having to watch them struggle. I had to syringe feed BubbleWrap when he had pneumonia. The vet assured me that making sure he had the nutrition he needed was key to making him better. I would not hesitate to syringe feed him if he is not eating properly but I would give him a chance to eat on his own. Also, you need to be careful that when you syringe feed him that the food does not get into his lungs it could make a URI worse or cause pneumonia. I am not an expert but this is just from my personal experience. Definitely talk to your vet. Hope you hedgie gets better soon.

hercsmom 12-21-2010 12:39 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Amber-do you know how much I should syringe feed him? He got about 1 cc this morning....

amber.vroman 12-21-2010 02:35 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by hercsmom
Amber-do you know how much I should syringe feed him? He got about 1 cc this morning....

My vet told me that 1cc 2-3 times a day was good for my little guy but I Would definitely double check with your vet just in case.

Hedgehog Grove 12-21-2010 02:43 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Sorry to hear Hercs s sick again.

For syringe feeding him if you are only getting in 1CC at a time he needs to be feed hourly, 2 CC's then every 2 hours, 3CC's then every 3 hours and so on.

Try getting a 10CC syringe for the pharmacy or walmart, called a toddlers syringe. This helps as you don't need to waste time refilling the syringe.

Them struggling is the hardest part though what might work for you if he is uncooperative is to swaddle him like a baby. Make sure his paws are all in and the swaddle is very secure.

Couple step by step photos to go with it modeled by Romani:

10CC Toddle syringe filled with Hills A/D
http://i862.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/IMG_8106.jpg
1.) Swaddle and hold him in on hand( you can rest your hand in your lap as support after his is securely swaddled)
http://i862.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/IMG_8108.jpg

2.)Put the syringe into his mouth from the side (it's okay if he bites it, just don't let the syringe come out)
http://i862.photobucket.com/albums/a...e/IMG_8111.jpg

Try to get at least 4CC-6CC into him each feeding. Take it slowly and only put a little bit of the food into his mouth at a time ( I get .5CC each time I push on the top of the syringe at a time with my herd but they are used to been syringed). Main this to avoid is him gagging on the food, if he does just wait and let him swallow it.

Pick up some Hills A/D or similar from your vet. It is easiest to syringe with.
Hope that helps.

Edited: Added more!

hercsmom 12-21-2010 03:54 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Romani is such a beautiful baby!

So...I'm in a little bit of a panic now. I only got 1 cc in him this morning. Is he going to be starving by the time I get home in about 3 hours??

Hedgehog Grove 12-21-2010 04:12 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
He might be hungry when you get home but hopefully he has come out during the day and gotten something to eat. If he has or hasn't come out to eat, either way syringe him when you get home.

I generally get 10-12CC into my lot in about 5-10mins depending how cooperative they want to be lol. IAnd then I do this again for as much as they want before I go to bed.

Don't stress to much, as long as your getting some into him it is better than nothing at all.

Also weigh him morning and night every day and keep a record so you can see if he is losing weight.

hercsmom 12-21-2010 04:16 PM

Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS
 
Thanks PapilionRu,

I'll feed him and give him his Baytril when I get home, and weigh him too. I hate worrying about him though.

Thanks for all your help everyone! :)


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