Ozzy again

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Well ozzy and Bruno are ALWAYS in the tray the moment it gets filled up, ozzy won’t come out for it and won’t eat the hay I’ve put in front of him. Even added forage which is an instant hit every time apart from today. He ate forage out of my hand but won’t touch it in the cage. Going to ring the vet and try get an appointment
 

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Vet doesn’t have appointments today and emergency would of been 175 pounds which I just don’t have. He has an appointment first thing tomorrow. I mixed up some critical care and syringed it to him which at first he didn’t fight but was fighting it quite a bit by the near end of the syringe. How do you do the pellets method? May have to do that
 

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You just mix pellets with water until they go mushy and then syringe it. You’ll need to cut the end off of a syringe to get it to go through

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thank you, I will do, running around like a chicken trying to keep him comfy and make sure I have everything on hand. He pecked at some hay after but barely had any. Can tell he’s feeling poorly because Bruno is in the snuggle sack cuddling and they’re usually rumbling each other out of it. How often do you recommend I syringe feed my boy?
 

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thank you, I will do, running around like a chicken trying to keep him comfy and make sure I have everything on hand. He pecked at some hay after but barely had any. Can tell he’s feeling poorly because Bruno is in the snuggle sack cuddling and they’re usually rumbling each other out of it. How often do you recommend I syringe feed my boy?
If he isn’t eating anything for himself then you need to feed every couple of hours and at least once during the night. You will need to weigh him at the same time each day. This will enable you to adjust your syringe feeds - if his weight drops he isn’t being fed enough. You may only get a few ml into him at any one time so it means you’ll have to feed more often. You will be aiming to get 60ml of feed into him in a 24 hour period. Keep a chart so you know how much he has had, record his daily weight and take it from there.
The syringe feeding guide I linked in above explains everything in further detail. The video below may also help you
I hope he feels better soon. Do let us know what the vet says.

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Another update, had to put up a divider as Bruno was being very aggressive with ozzy (no fights just relentlessly mounting and being more over the top then I’ve ever seen) the divider is allowing ozzy to rest and Bruno is now chilling out
 

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thank you, first time having to syringe feed a piggie their food, very worrying and Bruno is just making the whole thing worse
I’m so sorry, try not to worry too much, hopefully he’ll be good with the syringe for you. Jess used to just eat it off the spoon so you could try that first🤞
Luigi was horrible to her after she had her eye out, they’re good at being a bit mean to their poorly mates at times :doh:xx
 

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I’m so sorry, try not to worry too much, hopefully he’ll be good with the syringe for you. Jess used to just eat it off the spoon so you could try that first🤞
Luigi was horrible to her after she had her eye out, they’re good at being a bit mean to their poorly mates at times :doh:xx
Bruno was being an absolute nightmare, he was going after him nonstop, never thought I’d have to put the divider up! 9:40am seems so far away and I’m so stressed and upset :( xx
 

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Bruno was being an absolute nightmare, he was going after him nonstop, never thought I’d have to put the divider up! 9:40am seems so far away and I’m so stressed and upset :( xx
So sorry, it’s such a worry when you don’t know what’s going on but at least you’re in first thing even though it seems ages away. Healing vibes and massive hugs to you and Ozzy xx
 

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I’m glad you’re taking him to the emergency vet - it really is the best thing.
Let us know how you get on. Sending hugs
 

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He has a very painful abdomen and sensitive eyes. We have loxicom and baytril, he’s been given an injection of metacam and I’ve to keep syringe feeding him until he starts eating. the vet said it’s very vague because the gut sounds are good, he said he can’t see any signs of spurs in the mouth but if there’s no improvement then to take him back for a teeth checkup under anaesthesia
 
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