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    I got a little Crested from pets at home (not my preferred place). The instant I saw him I feel in love, he is a fire Dalmatian and about 6 to 12 weeks old. Upon closer inspection when I got him home I noticed how thin he is, you can see his ribs and hip bones. They were feeding him on baby food and pureed fruit, ergo I knew he was malnourished when I decided to get him I just didn't anticipate how bad he was going to be. He has a minute kink in his tail so MBD may be present. I ordered CGD and have critical care so I am mixing them, ratio of 2:1 (CGD to critical care) plus extra calcium. He is not eating and I don't have the luxury of giving him a month to settle in as he is only 15 grams. I have to 'baby' him at the moment by fanning it on his nose to encourage him to eat it. It's not all bad news though he is actually eating it off the syringe and not rubbing his nose of me and other objects and he has gained about 3 grams. The temps are around 70-78 during the day and fall to 69-70 at night and the humidity is always in the 70-85% range but it does fluctuate. I have him in the small terrarium by exo terra, they had him in a massive terrarium, no wonder he didn't eat the insects they were throwing in.
    There are slot of experts on this site and I would love some extra tips on how to get a crestie gaining weight healthy, I have read up about cresties a lot and have read the pet expert book on them, any other books worth reading would be appreciated.
    Will update on his progress.

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    It sounds like you are doing very well so far. Nice rescue!

    Do you ever give him insects?

    I think you have every right to go back to Pets at Home and (politely) tell them what you think of their feeding program.

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    I have offered him locusts, crickets and wax worms. I think he may have eaten a cricket and a locust when I threw them in the terrarium.
    Oh, don't tempt me. It's like that in all the Pets at home in N. Ireland. I'd be fighting a losing battle. It needs to be more than one person so I need to gather followers.

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    I don't know anything about N. Ireland pet stores, but I expect like any small business they're trying to balance many needs. I bet store management spends more time wondering how they're going to make payroll each month, filing government documents on time, and keeping cages and aquariums attractive, versus pondering the fine points of reptile care. It's got to be a logistical nightmare managing 100+ species humanely. Constructive dialogue with multiple employees probably goes a lot further than organizing a battle. Stocking best quality/date stamped dried feed (Repashy CGD or equivalent) and telling customers "this is what they eat" goes a long way toward turning a profit as customers return to buy food for their growing pets. Best wishes on leading the way.
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    Pets at Home are good for buying equipment/supplies etc, but the conditions their animals are kept in, and are sometimes in health-wise, is often appalling. My boyfriend recently bought a rat from his local store and took it home to immediately find that the poor thing was suffering from respiratory problems. Luckily they offer a free veterinary service if you find a problem with your pet within the first 7 days of purchase, so he was able to get his rat back to health quickly. However, I was very shocked by their lack of knowledge about the proper way to handle rats - I went with my boyfriend to take his new pet to be treated, and the lady who served us picked the poor thing up by his tail and completely traumatised him! Also, my boyfriend and I recently witnessed baby female rats being sold as male rats to an obviously blissfully ignorant couple who had asked for male rats. Terrible. Yet, I've often found that different members of staff proved great customer service, and my sister bought her hamster from there and he's the brightest, most contented little creature you could ever imagine. I'm yet to make my mind up about Pets at Home, but what you've experienced sounds awful, well done for being a rescuer to a creature definitely in need!

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