Weight Gain - Need Tips Please

Dom R

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Hi All,

So recently after Rodney has become ill, with two abscess' (which have now mostly gone or gone completely), which was stated by the vet at his last visit (Just over a week ago) and I am taking him back on Friday.

My current issue with Rodney is that he was originally 1.1KG (1100g), and he is now 900g, and has gone below, and is still losing even while on medication and these abscess' have started healing/disappearing.

I found a forum post and have been recommended by a friend that I can use Bran Wheat and Porridge oats to help with the weight gain, and also energy levels. And I found a post about making a recipe with these and veg (Recipe for Bran Mash).

I am just wondering if there are any special requirements for the porridge oats, as I have found some Rolled Oats from Holland and Barrett (Which is where the Bran Wheat I will be getting is from, as I have seen a few people say they get this product).

I would also appreciate any extra information or tips to help Rodney gain some weight. His current diet is Critical Care (Which he isn't a fan of) mixed with some blended veg (Pepper and Carrot, with some cucumber). But he doesn't really have the appetite to eat by himself, and has been syringe fed multiple times daily for the last 3-4 weeks.

With him losing weight is an increasing worry for me, as he will slowly get weaker and weaker and eventually not be able to recover (which is the unfortunate truth). Just a note, he doesn't seem unhappy, or in any sort of pain, he runs around all jolly, and is actually more active now compared to when I adopted him back in May 2017. He's still on painkillers, one antibiotic and something to help his gut and digestion.

I really appreciate any help.

- Dom.
 

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Alfalfa hay and alfalfa pellets are pretty fatty. You could try feeding that.
I would, but he isn't eating by himself, and if he does it's very little, which is why syringe feeding is the main technique I am using currently.
 

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I would, but he isn't eating by himself, and if he does it's very little, which is why syringe feeding is the main technique I am using currently.
You could make the pellets into a mash kind of stuff and syringe it. I've done it before and it works pretty well. Just and some pellets to a little bit of hot water and mash it with a fork.
 

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I would, but he isn't eating by himself, and if he does it's very little, which is why syringe feeding is the main technique I am using currently.
You could make the pellets into a mash kind of stuff and syringe it. I've done it before and it works pretty well. Just and some pellets to a little bit of hot water and mash it with a fork.
 

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Perhaps try Supreme Science Recovery Food for Herbivores instead of Critical Care? I'm syringe-feed supplementing one of my pigs at the moment, I found he doesn't really like CC, but he almost jumps off my lap for the Recovery Food. CC seems to have quite a strong scent/flavour - aniseed? - maybe that puts off some pigs.
 
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