Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

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Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by msmara » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:17 am

I read about giving calpol, to rats & wondered if any of you do, what dose & whether you can also give calpobrufen also? Ta :-)
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Bazu » Wed Feb 02, 2011 9:24 am

I've been trying to find the same out myself for a few days now... I know infant calpol is okay (the 2months-6yrs stuff), but I couldn't say anything about calpobrufen.

From what I've found reading older posts, calpol can be given "like baytril - 0.1ml per 100g of rat," but I've not found out anything more precise, like whether that's per day, per dose, how many doses per day etc. My assumption is that that's exactly like baytril, so 0.2ml twice a day for a 400g rat. I wondered if maybe it'd be better doing, say, four 0.1ml doses in order to spread the relief across the day, but I've not found anything out about that either.
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by not_ginger » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:40 pm

I've used it before (I think the infant Calpol) - the doseages are in NFRS/Ann Storey's book. I don't have it with me but I can look them up when I get home if you'd like?
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by msmara » Wed Feb 02, 2011 12:49 pm

not_ginger wrote:I've used it before (I think the infant Calpol) - the doseages are in NFRS/Ann Storey's book. I don't have it with me but I can look them up when I get home if you'd like?
I'd love that if you could please? :-) Also would that include the ibuprophen version too?
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by mcfadyen » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:07 pm

http://ratguide.com/meds/nsaids/ibuprofen.php

And from the NFRS handbook "Common diseases of the fancy rat" -
...for Calpol six plus: "100-300mgg/kg every 4 hours. If you use Calpol sixplus a 500g rat will need 1-3ml. This will also reduce fever

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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by RattyRenton » Wed Feb 02, 2011 2:12 pm

1-3mls sounds an awful lot. Perhaps I'm too used to measuring less than 1ml. 1ml is a whole syringe full.
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Rattybabe » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:13 pm

That is correct - rats have a much higher tolerance for paracetomal than we do.
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Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Wed Feb 02, 2011 3:36 pm

Paracetamol info is on RatGuide too - http://ratguide.com/meds/analgesics/acetaminophen.php
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by not_ginger » Wed Feb 02, 2011 5:22 pm

It's not difficult to give that amount though - when I had to use it my boy practically ate the spoon it was on too he liked it so much! :roll:
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by msmara » Wed Feb 02, 2011 6:49 pm

not_ginger wrote:It's not difficult to give that amount though - when I had to use it my boy practically ate the spoon it was on too he liked it so much! :roll:
that's good to know. the vet gave Pablo a metacam injection today, so should I leave it for today & give him some tomorrow? or should I give him some tonight? :cry: His swelling isn't going down either :(
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by annc » Wed Feb 02, 2011 7:45 pm

Same situation here - I'm giving a small dose of Calpol - not Calprofen, as she has has Metacam, which is another NSAID.
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by mcfadyen » Wed Feb 02, 2011 10:36 pm

annc wrote:Same situation here - I'm giving a small dose of Calpol - not Calprofen, as she has has Metacam, which is another NSAID.
I think the dosage is the same for Calprofen as it is for Calpol (which are both ibuprofen based I think...). Because it's a kids' medicine, it's quite sweet so (so far) I've never had any problem giving it.

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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Thu Feb 03, 2011 4:25 am

Calpol contains paracetamol, it is not ibuprofen.

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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by msmara » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:49 am

Ratgirl@RatRitz wrote:Calpol contains paracetamol, it is not ibuprofen.

http://www.calpol.co.uk/
There's another which has ibuprofen

http://www.calpol.co.uk/our-products/CA ... suspension

That's the one I'm thinking of giving Pablo :love:
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Re: Calpol/ Calpobrufen - Suitable for Rats?

Post by Ratgirl@RatRitz » Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:54 am

I'm aware of that, but that one is Calprofen, not Calpol ... and I was correcting mcfadyen who had said that she thought both Calprofen and Calpol were ibuprofen, and they're not :wink:

PS. You shouldn't be using metacam and ibuprofen together, they are the same class of drug and using both together will increase the risk of gastric damage/bleeding considerably.
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