In your search for information on how to feed a baby squirrel, you may have come across some website(s) that tell you that a "scalded cow's milk" formula is the answer to your prayers. However, it is exactly the opposite. In most cases, it will damage or kill the squirrel. The individual who promotes this unhealthy, unscientific "scalded milk" formula has been stripped of her license to rehab wildlife and has had squirrels removed from her premises. Like most zealots, she is very convincing, AND SHE IS VERY WRONG.
PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE SQUIRREL COW'S MILK -- SCALDED OR ANY OTHER WAY!! It will cause most squirrel babies to sicken from diarrhea, and then die. It is NOT USED by the vast majority of licensed rehabilitators, wildlife centers or wildlife veterinarians.
In light of the recent problems rehabbers have been experiencing with Esbilac formula, it has been decided that the best alternative is Fox Valley 32/40.
Nicholas P. Vlamis, President (Nick)
If you call in your order and tell him you need it quickly he'll be happy to oblige. He can ship to you regular post 3-5 days and overnight. He's very nice and very easy to work with.
In the meantime you will need to feed your baby a home-made formula, but please for the sake of the baby, do not feed this for more than 4-7 days. It's a great temporary replacer milk but it lacks certain vitamins and minerals that the babies need to thrive. This recipe will ensure that your baby will be well nourished until your order from Fox Valley arrives. Jackie (Jackie in Tampa) has graciously offered her temporary replacement formula recipe.
Jackie's Goat Milk Recipe
1 cup goats milk
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup dannon all natural vanilla yogurt
Mix well and keep in a covered plastic or glass container in the refrigerator. Replace after 48 hours.
Please note, this website has several links that still mention Esbilac and we need to keep these links active as they do contain excellent information so please keep in mind that Fox Valley is now the formula of choice for raising baby squirrels.
Please don't add your squirrel to the list of damaged and/or dead babies who were fed scalded milk!