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 Post subject: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:45 pm 
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Hi,
My rat has been given anti biotics and anti inflammatories for a possible chest infection. I can't get him to take them. He isn't fooled by hiding them in tasty treats, I can't hold him still for long enough to get it into his mouth. I tried putting some on him to lick off during grooming and that didn't work either. Any suggestions would be amazing, I'm at my wits end and worried his illness will get worse.


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 Post subject: Re: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
 Post Posted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 11:01 pm 
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I know you said you tried tasty treats but I always use a bread and peanut butter or avocado. If it is tablet form, crush up and mix with peanut butter or avocado or if liquid, squeeze into a small piece of bread (half a fingernail size) and already some peanut butter. The only time it fails is if the medicine is septrin, as the quantity of septrin they need to take is too large. So hopefully, one of these will work.

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 Post subject: Re: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:19 am 
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Yoghurt can be a good cunning disguise as well, you could try a strong flavoured one like toffee or caramel to mask the taste. Good luck :luck:

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 Post subject: Re: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:51 pm 
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I find tuna is good for disguising baytril.

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 Post subject: Re: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:03 pm 
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Been trying him with custard... He loves it but knows when it's medicated! He's sneezing all the time but the vet said he's otherwise very healthy... No wheezing or anything, lovely coat etc. We're inclined to think he's allergic to his bedding or something so my partner is going to get some different stuff tomorrow to see if that helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Can't get my boy to take medicine... Help
 Post Posted: Wed Jan 17, 2018 3:21 pm 
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My boys will take most things mixed into a blob of red berry malt paste, although some prefer the blob to be presented on a finger rather than a spoon. :lol:

One of my boys will only take 'undoctored' malt paste but will happily eat anything disguised in a blob of liver paste, sold for dogs.

Years ago, a small piece of value mini roll, chocolate or vanilla worked well to disguise meds.

I've also found Ellas kitchen banana puree baby food a winner for some of my 'more discerning' boys. :luck:

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