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Offline MinervaThonosi

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Tobi's a picky eater now...
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:48:08 AM »
So... Tobi's sick. I took him to the vet. It's either a virus or pneumonia. He's also lost A LOT of weight. I have now discovered that Tobi will eat anything other than his normal lab blocks...  :help: What can I give him to make sure he gets all the nutrients he needs? I even turned his food into mush with water. Every once in a while he will take a tiny taste, but that's it. I'm also on an extreme budget.
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Offline MinervaThonosi

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Re: Tobi's a picky eater now...
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 07:47:16 PM »
Okay. I got some Ensure High Protein. Tobi loves it. I mixed some in with the mush I had made. It's now soup, but Tobi will eat it. I just don't know how much I should make sure he eats every day.

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Re: Tobi's a picky eater now...
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2018, 12:09:29 AM »
Let him eat as much as he wants.  At this point, calories are not a concern.  You want him to gain as much weight back as possible, without completely wrecking his nutrition.  If he'll eat broccoli, it has a fair amount of protein along with many other good nutrients.  He might also be tempted by leftovers from your own meals, such as bones, meat scraps, bits of veggies, and so forth.  Also, I've never known a rat who didn't enjoy macaroni, whether raw or cooked.  A little butter or olive oil on it might make it even more tempting.
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Re: Tobi's a picky eater now...
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2018, 09:35:02 PM »
Thanks. I took the girls in for a wellness visit and while I was there I asked my vet for advice. He suggested 2 dark chocolate chips a day, because it has a bronchodilator in it. Itís getting him to eat thatís the trick.