Critical Care Formula (CCF) should sit alongside AviPro in the medicine chest.
CCF is the ultimate product for emergency feeding of any species. The product is a mixture of selected short chain maltodextrins (derived from corn starch) and a protein concentrate supplemented with amino acids. The protein source has been designed to match the constituents of whole egg protein.
Animals or birds which are off their food or with wasting problems can be helped during treatment by feeding CCF. This needs to be sufficiently often to be effective yet not too often that it compounds the problem due to stress. CCF was formulated with this in mind.
The product should be made up freshly each time. It has great benefits over commonly used liquid formulations of easily digestible carbohydrates in that it is a powder and can be stored until a small amount is needed.
CCF in powder form remains stable for months provided that the container is sealed and also provides a suitable protein source which counters the hypoproteinaemic states of catabolism.
In reptiles the energy requirements are not well understood, particularly the role of temperature. However 1 scoop per 500g -2kg of animal is in line with current recommendations, dilution should be 1 in 3 or greater.
Administering CCF to reptiles every 4-5 days is generally sufficient, extra fluids can be given with AviPro Plus or Reptoboost.