Thursday, May 15, 2014

Bleak House


 
Fred is sick (pneumonia and possible ear infection), and in addition to the guilt I'm feeling for not taking her to the vet sooner, I felt even more when I was admonished by the vet for a number of things I've been doing that I didn't know were bad for her.   It's been a bit of rough week here, and my brain is occupied with trying to find creative ways to get medication into a little creature that refuses to cooperate.  Trying to get a dose of liquid medicine into her mouth with a syringe may work if there's one person holding the rat, and the other the syringe, but not if there's just one of you.   She licked it off my finger the first day, but that was a short-lived success.  I have also put a few drops on a cheerio and that sort of works.  If anyone has had any experience with medicating small creatures, suggestions are welcome - we've still got 11 days worth of meds to go. 


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  1. Oh no, poor Fred. And poor you too. I'm sorry she's ill, and that you are feeling responsible. I don't know anything about rodents, giving cats medicine is hard enough and often a two-person job... Does she just drink water? Can her meds be dropped into it? But then you couldn't be sure she drank it all, I suppose. Does she eat fruit? Could her medicine go in a grape, or another soft fruit? Are rats allowed dairy? Cream cheese, yoghurt? I'm guessing, possibly none of this is appropriate for a poorly rat's tummy. I hope someone else has some suggestions for you, and that little Fred recovers soon. Take care of both of you; sending much love. xxxx

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    1. Rats are usually lactose intolerant, so she rarely gets anything dairy, and apparently I've been giving her too much fruit (which she loves) so we've had to cut that out too....sigh

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  2. Oh, poor Fred! I love rodents as pets (had many guinea pigs when I was younger) - they're such smart animals and can be very loving. Good luck!

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  3. Oh no, the guilt of animal sickness. I'm sure Fred will soon perk up - that's if administrating rat medicine is any easier than cat treatments. xxx

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  4. Fred will be back to her happy self soon. I vote for a eyedropper/spoit/syringe thing. I know for cats it works when you take one hand behind the poor creature's head then use your fingers in a vice-like way (!!!) to put slight pressure on their rear jaw area which then makes them open their mouth. I know it sounds WRETCHED!!! but it doesn't hurt them and you don't need force. Maybe this will work? You mustn't fret about the things you've done for love! She will be hale and hearty very very soon. PS LOVE YOUR HAIR.

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  5. So sorry! I have used the syringe method on my cats when they're ailing, and it works well, although they hated me for a couple of days. Mixing meds with their *favorite* foods works too (in this case, sardines). Best to both of you. xox

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  6. Oh honey you know I can relate to this right about now but fortunately Peetee is a lil porker:). Just take control and get that medicine down however you have too. Ash my evil cat was awful to give medicine too but after a while I just dominated:). Here's to our fur babies getting better.
    Xxxoooo

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  7. I was taught a trick for cats - swaddle them - tightly - in a towel right below their neck so they can't move their legs. You still have to get the medicine in their mouth, but at least they can't scratch and wriggle away.

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  8. Aww, you poor little bears! Having come up against a number of extremely flappy chickens while bearing syringes of medicine, a towel-wrap swaddle (secure but not over-tight) is the only way to do it solo. Fred knows and trusts you - you'll come to an understanding. Hope she feels better soon.

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  9. Aw, poor Fred, hope he's better soon. I've had experience giving medication to cats with syringes, but for me it was always a two- person job. The trick was getting the cat's head way back and holding its mouth open. Then you just shoot the liquid down. Sounds easy but there is a trick to it. Good luck! Xo

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  10. So sorry that Fred is sick, Shelley. That makes for a very difficult time; hoping that Fred has a speedy recovery. Then you will feel better too!

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