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amyjaneferguson
11-08-12, 11:29 pm
So my little Charlie has a uri and was on baytril but I called the vet today because he quit eating. He was on baytril tues and wed but wasn't eating this morning..... So he's now on another antibiotic. I'm not sure of the name... It's sulpha/trim on the bottle? I have been giving him critical care and water by syringe. Any suggestions on how often to feed him and how much? Also do you guys think its the baytril making him not eat or his uri getting worse? Ugh this is so horrible watching your little baby feel so sick.

MrWhistles
11-08-12, 11:34 pm
Are you giving a probiotic with the antibiotic?

amyjaneferguson
11-08-12, 11:39 pm
Im not giving a probiotic. I wasn't sure if it would affect the antibiotic.... What kind of probiotic would I get for him? Just stuff from a health food store? Liquid capsules?

MrWhistles
11-08-12, 11:49 pm
During Korra's treatment for her "URI" I used Bene-Bac. Guinea Lynx has useful information on probiotics http://www.guinealynx.info/probiotics.html

I believe your issue may likely be because he isn't getting any probiotic.

Another user swears by this product: http://www.vitasprings.com/liquid-acidophilus-milk-free-soy-base-strawberry-16-oz-lifetime.html

amyjaneferguson
11-08-12, 11:54 pm
Thanks. I will go to the health food store tomorrow and hopefully they have something similar.

MrWhistles
11-08-12, 11:55 pm
Be sure to keep hand feeding him. He can do down hill very quickly if he doesn't have constant food in his system.

amyjaneferguson
11-10-12, 12:30 am
So I got some bene bac today only given him two doses but he still has no appetite.... Should it have kicked in by now?

jacqueline
11-10-12, 06:11 am
please check out this link on hand feeding there are also recipes for hand feeding on this site.
http://www.guinealynx.info/handfeeding.html

amyjaneferguson
11-10-12, 06:22 am
Ya I've been hand feeding him critical care. He shows no interest in his veggies or his pellets even after I've given him 3 doses of benebac
. Is this normal?

cavy_jdas
11-10-12, 08:05 am
Yes, this is normal. Some pigs just stop eating when on an antibiotic. You should be feeding him three tablespoons dry critical care per 1kilo of normal weight. You may also consider asking your vet about other medications that can help with stomach upset or motility, if he is showing absolutely no interest in food. This may not make him eat on his own, but may help him take the hand feelings better. In my experience, I have never been able to give an antibiotic without also hand feeding. Be sure to weigh him daily at the same time. This will help you to know if you are feeding him enough, and you can adjust that amount if he is losing weight. I hope that Charlie is feeling better soon!

amyjaneferguson
11-10-12, 08:22 am
Ok I wasn't sure if hand feeding the whole time was a good thing or not. He will pick at some veg or hay but not much. The poops are very soft and are becoming less shaped. Is this just because he is eating basically mashed food? Thanks for replying.