Bio sponge paste

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Rudy

Post   » Tue May 01, 2007 1:44 pm


Does anyone have any recommendation on how to administer this stuff? Do you mix it in with Critical Care or do you just take a guesstimation of 0.2cc twice daily and put it in GP's mouth?

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue May 01, 2007 2:50 pm


On the diarrhea page:

Dosage information received via email from Allyson at Platinum Performance, Inc. who consulted their staff nutritionist:
Guinea Pigs 600-900 grams administer between 0.4cc-0.6cc total daily, split into 2-4 feedings.
Guinea Pigs 950-1400 grams administer between 0.7cc-1.0cc total daily, split into 2-4 feedings.

Talishan
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Post   » Tue May 01, 2007 3:14 pm


I've never used this paste, so I don't know what it looks, smells or tastes like. But I always try to get them to take stuff willingly before I force the issue.

Put a little squirt of about 0.2cc on your finger. Smell it. Would you eat it? I know that sounds dumb, but you get the idea. You could probably even taste it yourself without doing yourself any harm.

Then, just hold your finger out to your pig. See if s/he'll lick it or taste it willingly before you draw it up into a syringe (if it'll go) and administer it like a med.

Rudy

Post   » Tue May 01, 2007 8:45 pm


Thanks. Yes I just squirted out what looked like 0.2 cc and gave it to her. It is so thick it cannot be drawn into a small syringe.

Talishan
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Post   » Wed May 02, 2007 7:39 pm


Did she eat it willingly?

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Little Jo Wheek

Post   » Thu May 03, 2007 1:06 pm


It's not a good thing to overdo it. I would certainly measure it with a tuberculin syringe (1 ml). If it isn't dried out, there is no problem getting it through the end of a 1 ml tuberculin. I do it all the time. I usually just stick the end of the syringe into the end of the Biosponge syringe and draw out a small amount. Then, I wipe off the excess on the sides and squirt out any excess volume.

Ideally, I would recommend as does Platinum, to divide the dosing into at least 3 during the day (one every 8 hours), unless it was an emergency. I have "bolused" a single larger dose when the pig had severe GI problems and the blowouts that precede death. Thankfully, the pig fully recovered with emergency treatment and supportive care. That was in the past 6 months.

Previous to that, I had about a 60-75% death rate when the pigs get that severe blow-out diarrhea--even with emergency treatment.

That stuff tastes horrible, so I doubt any pig would take it willingly. Smaller amounts I think help with that, too.

dragnsl

Post   » Thu May 03, 2007 9:12 pm


Plus the stuff is gritty and nasty and "paste" is quite an accurate term for it.

If you don't use a syringe, you will be very hard pressed to get it in their mouths. I tried mixing it in with the CC of one of my guys who LOVED CC... it totally tainted everything and he would have nothing to do with it AND he snubbed CC for 2 feedings after that apparently until he was convinced it was the real deal.

Talishan
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Post   » Thu May 03, 2007 9:40 pm


Lynx, can a link to this thread be put in the Medical Reference thread?
This one

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Lynx
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Post   » Thu May 03, 2007 10:46 pm


Will do.

Talishan
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Post   » Fri May 04, 2007 5:31 pm


Thanks!

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