View Full Version : I'm new, squirrel losing all it's fur

06-06-2010, 05:35 PM
I have been feeding a squirrel that started out with a bald ring around his shoulder and neck area. Over the last 5 days, it has progressed so that the only fur he has is from the hips down. It get's worse every day. His skin is not crusty like mange. He has a few scabs probably from scratching. Pictures attached.

Any advice is appreciated.

Thank you!

06-06-2010, 05:48 PM
Actually it DOES look like mange. Notoedric mange in squirrels doesn't typically cause a "crust" like you would see with dogs. Hang tight and one of our more experienced rehabbers will be on here shortly, with advice as to what to do next. They will help you confirm if this IS indeed mange. Oh, welcome to The Squirrel Board and thank you for caring for this little one!!!:Welcome

island rehabber
06-06-2010, 06:28 PM
I would try to treat this squirrel with ivermectin. Do you have access to a vet? Ivermectin can be dosed on a nut twice in a 2-week period, and will usually cure the mange very effectively.

06-06-2010, 06:49 PM
:D Thanks IR for responding!!!! It's your birthday and the squirrels are STILL your #1 priority!!!!

06-06-2010, 07:40 PM
On the subject of Ivermectin, does anyone know if you can still get the small container of it from Chris's squirrel store? Last time I looked you could only get the 50 mL size :sanp3.

Jackie in Tampa
06-06-2010, 08:22 PM
it maybe sarcoptes mange too...
i am guessing because of wrinkled look and not just face..
Build his immune system with good foods and maybe an immune booster from the health food store to put in drinking water/bird baths.
Feed stores will carry small doses of ivermectin, be careful of the
dilution %...
good luck and Welcome to TSB!:Welcome :wave123

06-08-2010, 05:53 PM
The little guy is almost completely bald now. Do squirrels ever recover on their own?? He is still showing up daily and I feed him almonds. The temperture here is in the 60's and 70's during the day (50's at night), but we have had bucket loads of rain over the last 60 days. Is this warm enough for him without fur?

06-10-2010, 02:48 PM
Mange is highly contageous so I'd be very careful who/what you handle after being around him.

As far as the temp goes, I would think if he's from that area and has been coming and going then he probably has a drey to be going to keep warm at night and will pull up more leaves or w/e if he knows he's been cold.

Nibblette used to remake her nest several times a week. Pushing stuff out pulling stuff in. If we turned on the AC she'd build it more, if it was hot she'd come out and lay on a platform or empty her nest.

06-10-2010, 02:52 PM
I agree. Looks like classic mange mites to me.