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12-23-2010 10:50 AM
RalphsMum
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

sounds like Herc could be on the mend! That's great news
12-23-2010 09:02 AM
hercsmom
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

Thanks for all the responses guys, I really appreciate the help.

Great news! Last night he spent about 3 hours running on his wheel, and when I woke up this morning & counted kibble, I noticed he ate over 30! Maybe he figured out if he doesn't eat he gets syringe fed. He still sniffles a little but not nearly as much as before. Maybe the Baytril is kicking in? So, now I only have to worry about getting the meds in him, which is a big relief. I'll keep you guys posted on how that goes tonight. Thanks again everyone!
12-23-2010 08:29 AM
Nancy
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

It totally depends on the hedgehog what will work best for syringe feeding. Some like to be held on their backs, some upright, some in a standing position. Swaddling works for some but totally freaks out others. Some are okay with swaddling as long as their front paws are free. Some need to be scruffed.

Try syringing him food at times without having medicine in it. He is probably associating the syringing with yucky tasting meds. If he can taste the meds, he is going to put up a fight.

Most hedgehogs love A/D but there are those that don't so if he doesn't try other things.

What type of syringe are you using? Some syringes are more difficult to use so of course more likely to be a fight about it.

He sounds like a smart boy. Meds in mealies usually only works the first couple of times and then they clue in. Of course there are those that inhale the mealies so fast they don't even notice.
12-23-2010 03:25 AM
Hedgehog Grove
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

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Originally Posted by hercsmom
Ok guys this isn't working. After I swaddled him he buried his face in the blanket. When I tried to reach in to get his little face out he nipped me, for the first time in his life. This makes me really sad.....
I'll get that video done for you tomorrow or I mean today its 3am here. I just ran out of time tonight.

Hmm sounds like the swaddle was a bit too high, should be around his shoulders. My guys heads never get in that far if at all. I can understand why he bit you, he was scared at what your fingers were doing. Rule of thumb, don't put fingers in hedgies faces. Just hold him still swaddled and talk to him, and let his head come out by itself.

Are you able to get him to take the meds normally?

Also did you pick up some Hills A/D, he won't be able to resist it once he smells it.

Sorry he bit you, I feel partly to blame since this is new to his. Takes time and practice.
12-22-2010 11:50 PM
hercsmom
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

Quote:
Originally Posted by MissC
If I still lived in Edm, I'd come over and do everything for you - what do we care if he hates ME, right?
Made me chuckle...thanks
12-22-2010 10:48 PM
MissC
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

I can't help...I just feel for you. It broke my heart when I read about breaking his spirit...<sigh>...wish I could help.

I can relate in a small way...I managed to clip 3 nails the other day...now as soon as he is in 'position' (propped on his back) he tries to nip me (technically, he DID nip me but only got my fingernail. Six times). I knew I was in trouble when he nipped the clipper as soon as he saw it - too smart for his own **** good. I feel so bad...I feel like he won't trust me now. Little rotter.

If I still lived in Edm, I'd come over and do everything for you - what do we care if he hates ME, right?
12-22-2010 09:31 PM
hercsmom
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

Ok guys this isn't working. After I swaddled him he buried his face in the blanket. When I tried to reach in to get his little face out he nipped me, for the first time in his life. This makes me really sad.....
12-22-2010 06:51 PM
hercsmom
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

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Originally Posted by PapilionRu

Haha angry sqeaks hey, sounds similar to a sound I've heard on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhvG16-xISk

Okay, his first time been swaddle is going to ruff his quills so to speak. He will get used to it. I think his age has a lot to do with it lol, all my guys are under 1 yr old or just over with the exception of Spike(rehome) and Malibu but neither of them have made such a fuss.

Just hold firmly will he is swaddled firm and talk to him letting him know it is okay, he will settle down.

Keep trying, also I'll make a video on how to do it all tonight and post it for you. That might help some more.
PapilionRu, I could seriously hug you right now, you are extremely helpful. Thank you again!

Herc wasn't quite screaming like the poor baby in the video, definitely more of a fast repetitive squeak. It could be his age, as he is around a year old. I'll try again tonight & see how irt goes. I feel like I'm breaking his sweet spirit though...last night he showed teeth for the first time. I don't want him to start biting.
12-22-2010 06:41 PM
Hedgehog Grove
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

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Originally Posted by hercsmom
*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.
Haha angry sqeaks hey, sounds similar to a sound I've heard on youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhvG16-xISk

Okay, his first time been swaddle is going to ruff his quills so to speak. He will get used to it. I think his age has a lot to do with it lol, all my guys are under 1 yr old or just over with the exception of Spike(rehome) and Malibu but neither of them have made such a fuss.

Just hold firmly will he is swaddled firm and talk to him letting him know it is okay, he will settle down.

Keep trying, also I'll make a video on how to do it all tonight and post it for you. That might help some more.
12-22-2010 05:03 PM
hercsmom
Re: Syringe Feeding - NEED HELP PLS

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Originally Posted by smhufflepuff
Hedgies are like the Borg - they will adapt!
Bahahaha...this is so true! Last time Herc was sick I tricked him by putting meds in mealies, mixing with baby food and syringing, but I only got away with each trick once, then he was on to me.

Plus, when you said that I pictured little spiky Borg and can't stop giggling.
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