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Need gerbil advice asap please!!!

Discussion in 'Small Animal Chat' started by MotherOfSmallPets, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. MotherOfSmallPets

    MotherOfSmallPets PetForums Newbie

    Jun 6, 2019
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    have taken my little Rico to the vets today as he’s been lethargic and (as expected) they was unsure of what is wrong with him; we’ve been given antibiotics and anti inflammatory medication, HOWEVER, the antibiotics need to go in his water which is shared with his brother(?) Link - will this be okay? we have nowhere to quarantine Rico and to be honest i think that may just cause him more stress anyway :( please if anybody has any advice or experience with this let me know what to do - i just really want my little boy to get better
  2. noushka05

    noushka05 Unicorn denier. Snowflake. Activist ;)

    Mar 28, 2008
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    Could you try mixing the antibiotics with something tasty? A vegetable baby food maybe?
  3. mrs phas

    mrs phas karma is a funny old thing

    Apr 6, 2014
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    Have you got a tiny syringe? You could try mixing the antibi with a little water and syringing it into him, slowly and carefully as you don't want it going in his lungs
    I know I'm a rat person, but over the years we've kept most rodents, and, I've never added antibis to their drinking water, as you can't know how much they've actually had before the next water change, I've always, even with fancy mice and multi's syringe dosed them
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  4. ForestWomble

    ForestWomble PetForums VIP

    May 2, 2013
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    Hi, first of all I'm sorry to hear about little Rico.
    Re the antibiotics did the vet say it has to be put in water, or was it more a suggestion? Might be worth giving them a ring and checking.
    When I had to give a gerbil antibiotics I put the dose in / on something really tasty, small enough portion that it would be eaten in one go. As has already been suggested a small amount of baby food is a good one, or a sugar free cereal (I used cheerios once, the antibiotics soaked into the cheerio).
    I hope little Rico gets better.
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