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    Default The battle with Baytril continues

    Hats off to anyone who has to administer this alone.

    I hate stressing poor Nancy but I hold her securely whilst OH administers. She gets a treat straight afterwards but won't eat it until she's back with Will who then tries to steal the treat and refuses to groom her until she's given herself a thorough clean.

    She's not fallen for any of my attempts at disguising it.


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    You may need to do what I do with Daphne... It appears barbaric but it's less stressful and easier.

    I throw a blanket over her... kinda sit over the top of her on my knees with her between so she can't reverse. Apply a bit of weight so she can't run forwards then slowly uncover her face until I can locate her mouth. Hold her head still then pop the syringe in.

    Sending lots of good medicine taking vibes and support for you x

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    Quote Originally Posted by Den View Post
    Hats off to anyone who has to administer this alone.

    I hate stressing poor Nancy but I hold her securely whilst OH administers. She gets a treat straight afterwards but won't eat it until she's back with Will who then tries to steal the treat and refuses to groom her until she's given herself a thorough clean.

    She's not fallen for any of my attempts at disguising it.

    Yes I do it alone, and for some reason the dose of Baytril always seems so LARGE in comparison with other meds!

    I try and shoot it into the side of the mouth in two bursts, whilst holding rabbit who desperately wants to get away.
    I swear injections would be easier!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daphnephoebe View Post
    You may need to do what I do with Daphne... It appears barbaric but it's less stressful and easier.

    I throw a blanket over her... kinda sit over the top of her on my knees with her between so she can't reverse. Apply a bit of weight so she can't run forwards then slowly uncover her face until I can locate her mouth. Hold her head still then pop the syringe in.

    Sending lots of good medicine taking vibes and support for you x

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    This is how I medicate, cut nails etc, but without the blanket. If I found it necessary to use a blanket I wouldn't hesitate. I find that my rabbits have always been far less stressed when on the floor than on my lap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    This is how I medicate, cut nails etc, but without the blanket. If I found it necessary to use a blanket I wouldn't hesitate. I find that my rabbits have always been far less stressed when on the floor than on my lap.
    Without the blanket I lose an arm
    The vet last night was impressed that I manage to administer all medicines by myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daphnephoebe View Post
    Without the blanket I lose an arm
    The vet last night was impressed that I manage to administer all medicines by myself.

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    Ah, you'll need to continue with the blanket then as arms are useful

    I actually find it far easier and less stressful for the rabbit for me to do it by myself. It makes it less of an "unnatural event" if that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omi View Post
    Ah, you'll need to continue with the blanket then as arms are useful

    I actually find it far easier and less stressful for the rabbit for me to do it by myself. It makes it less of an "unnatural event" if that makes sense.
    Yes same. Although I do try to get OH involved every now and then to show him what to do incase I'm ever not able to do it.

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    I've never had help medicating my bunnies but some are definitely easier than others. What tactics have you tried Den? I really struggled to get baytril in Boo recently but mashing up a few nuggets, tiny bit of fruit baby food & a pinch of fenugreek powder worked a treat - I missed the fenugreek out once as an experiment, she wasn't fooled

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    I didn't appreciate how lucky I'd been until Parsley needed meds. Flop only put up a pretend struggle but would then let me put the syringe in his mouth and Bramble just sat there and would turn her head slightly so that I could get the syringe in more easily! Parsley was a two man job, until I realised could just squirt it on top of his porridge and he'd lap it up, or break up a fenugreek crunchie and put a bit on top of each bit.

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    Lopsy, for all his lack of brain cells, is wise to towels and blankets But if I soak baytril into a fenugreek crunchie he doesn't notice and just thinks it's a treat! Fenugreek crunchies are dished which means leaving the baytril to soak in is easy it's the only reason I have fenugreek crunchies around!
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