By Charlene Crain
From the January/February 1999 Rat & Mouse Gazette
For weeks I have tried in vain to get my girls to take Tylan, but it tastes so bad. I tried every way to "hide" the taste so they would take it. For two weeks, I tried various food and liquid mixtures to hide the Tylan, but my girls are no dummies. I could put the Tylan in foods and they would eat it, but no where near the dosage, because the food just wasn't strong enough to mask the taste. I finally found something that I can put the needed dosage of Tylan in that they will eat. I am so excited I wanted to write to share it.
My miracle mixture is peanut butter and jelly. I guess it's not so much a miracle mixture, but it works like a charm. The jelly makes the peanut butter not so hard for them to swallow and adds a flavor that, along with the peanut butter, masks the Tylan.
I really don't mix exactly, but let me give you my estimate of how I mix it. I put about 1/2 tsp. Peter Pan creamy peanut butter, 1/2 tsp Smuckers Strictly Fruit blackberry jelly and 1/64 tsp. Tylan. Be sure to add enough jelly, so they don't choke on the peanut butter. It thins the thick peanut butter out. Mix well. They love it - no questions asked.
You can't put too much less peanut butter or jelly because the Tylan taste starts to come through. Yes, I taste test before I give it to them. Also, one stipulation is the rat can't be stuffed already, because they won't eat it because it does still taste kind of bad. As long as I hold back on the grapes, cantaloupe and other treats before giving them the Tylan mixture, there is no problem.