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ankyferdi
28-02-2011, 07:17 PM
Hi everyone, I've been lurking for a while and have found this forum invaluable since I saved two bunnies from an animal auction- they were about to be bought for ferret food:censored:

Anky my nethie has suspected EC, the vets thinks this as she has a mark on her iris. He has given me baytril in case it is a bacterial infection and panacur for the suspected EC. Anky's husbun Ferdi also has panancur just in case.

My problem is that although Ferdi happily scoffs his meds off a shreddie, Anky hates the meds. I've tried mixing safe baby food in with the meds, giving them off basil, pellets and a fenugreek crunchie but with no avail. I'm having to syringe it and she hates it and me now :cry: I am only a week into the 28 day course and I'm desperate for more ideas on how to tempt her to eat it herself.

helgalush
28-02-2011, 08:45 PM
I am afraid my bunnies dont like syringing either and they do tend to struggle and refuse. I tend to wrap them up tightly in a towel in a "bunny burrito" style - like you would make a burrito or wrap but with bunnies head sticking out at one end, then snuggly sit them in the crook of your elbow and trying to put the syringe in to the side of their mouth where there is the gap.

They dont like it but they usually know that if they get on with it it is over quickly - though Starbuck is an expert at hiding his face and ducking out the way. A treat afterwards helps.

Dustyrabbit
28-02-2011, 08:52 PM
Mine will both eat the panacur in a tasty "sandwich" made with 2 basil or sage leaves, give them a rub to increase the aroma before making the sandwich.

Otherwise its on a folded towel on the table bottom to your tummy, hand on shoulders to keep bunny down, up on to the head, thumb to lift lip and in with the syringe. You will find there is less struggling if you take bunny in to a room they are unfamiliar with.

Don't forget the bleach cleaning on the special days or re-infection can occur.

Gemmapookie
01-03-2011, 08:15 AM
2 thin slices of banana with the meds sandwiched in between works for my guys, even Mimi who is a clever little madam and wont be fooled by hiding it in any other food! :wave:

ankyferdi
02-03-2011, 12:03 PM
Just to let you all know that touch wood things are getting a bit better. Anky is now taking her meds herself - a mixture of baytril, panacur, honey and safe baby food off a spoon! I couldn't believe it when she started lapping if off the spoon. It seems that it was the syringe she was most frightened of. The only problem was that Ferdi wanted some and lightly nipped me when I said he couldn't share :roll:
Suddenly the next 18 days don't seem so bad!

hun-bun
02-03-2011, 02:01 PM
Keep up the good work!!! It's ALL worth it in the end. Hope it all goes well for you:D