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Old 02-01-2018, 06:00 AM   #1
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So on Monday my hamster had an operation to remove a tumor on his back. Everything went really well and he was eating and drinking fine afterwards.
He has been prescribed baytril and metacam for a few days and the only thing he will take them in is baby food. He refused juice, ribena, and putting it on foods but loved his meds in sweet squash chicken baby food. He was actually waiting for me to give him his morning dose!

And herein lies the problem. Having been presented with such tasty offerings he is now shunning his dry mix. I am worried that he is not eating enough of the dry mix and is waiting for the baby food (1 tsp divided over 3 doses).
He will still take veg from me but I don't want to upset his tummy with too much wet food.

If he gets hungry enough will he eat it? He still ran to his food bowl when he heard me filling it but then kind of sniffed it and walked away. He is taking meds until Saturday.
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Old 02-01-2018, 07:12 AM   #2
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Keep offering the dry mix, eventually, he'll eat it. A bit of tough love might be best for him in this situation. Since he'll only take his meds in the baby food, maybe just try to reduce the total daily amount you're offering as much as you can. Chances are, he probably still is eating some dry food, just not as much as before. You can also try getting him to eat it from things like porridge, just to get a bit of variety out of the wet food you're offering. Hoping for a speedy recovery for your little guy. Best wishes
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:39 AM   #3
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I really wouldn't worry tbh, it's only for a few more days & he probably will be eating some of his dry mix when his hungry, it won't do any harm to have more baby food than dry mix for just a little longer.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:47 PM   #4
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He did actually have an aftercare appointment this evening which unfortunately I couldn't go to as I was working, but my housemate took him. He has another aftercare next Friday as well (all FOC thank goodness!)
The vet says his incision is healing fine, so has advised to stop the metacam on Saturday, but she wants to continue his antibiotic for another week as a precautionary measure since he is being so active - she wishes he would rest more! She also gave a disinfectant to dab on every couple of days to keep things clean. She did weigh him and he is still a little puddin and hasn't lost weight so he must be eating enough.
Hopefully the extra week of baytril won't upset his digestion too much
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Hope he gets better soon.
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Old 02-01-2018, 12:54 PM   #6
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Keep offering the dry mix, eventually, he'll eat it. A bit of tough love might be best for him in this situation. Since he'll only take his meds in the baby food, maybe just try to reduce the total daily amount you're offering as much as you can. Chances are, he probably still is eating some dry food, just not as much as before. You can also try getting him to eat it from things like porridge, just to get a bit of variety out of the wet food you're offering. Hoping for a speedy recovery for your little guy. Best wishes
Thanks Drago Hard to take the tough love approach when he's so darn cute haha. He makes me feel like I should be spoiling him! He already conned me out of his basic cage plans by ransacking everything in sight, teeth chattering and bar climbing til I caved and put his platform access back in. No wheel though. He doesn't really care about going up there he just wants to know that he can lol
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Good to hear he's healing well, being active may not be the best thing but it's a good indication of how well he's come through the op!
Have you considered using a probiotic to help his system cope with the antibiotics?
You can get Pro C from P@H or other pet shops & it's very easy to use, you need to give it a few hours apart from the antibiotic, it is quite palatable so you can just sprinkle it on food, I don't recommend putting it in water as the instructions on the container suggest though as you can't monitor intake & it means a thorough clean of water bottles or bowls daily.
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Old 02-01-2018, 01:51 PM   #8
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Good to hear he's healing well, being active may not be the best thing but it's a good indication of how well he's come through the op!
Have you considered using a probiotic to help his system cope with the antibiotics?
You can get Pro C from P@H or other pet shops & it's very easy to use, you need to give it a few hours apart from the antibiotic, it is quite palatable so you can just sprinkle it on food, I don't recommend putting it in water as the instructions on the container suggest though as you can't monitor intake & it means a thorough clean of water bottles or bowls daily.
That's a good idea, I think I might have to do that. Initially the vet said his system should handle it fine and I could just monitor for signs of constipation or runny poops, but since he needs to take it for another week now it's probably best to start him on a probiotic.
He does love his veggies so I could sprinkle some on a piece of cucumber or something
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Hope he gets better soon.
Thanks CMB. His oncology report should come back next week so fingers crossed for good news.
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