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island rehabber
02-29-2012, 07:01 AM
This is the link to the presentation handout by Dr. Alicia Emerson, who spoke on squirrel dentistry (including malocclusion and odontomae) at our Gathering of Nuts in Orlando FL, Feb 1-12 2012.

Dr. Emerson's Presentation
https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4fU88wUkyk1M3BMNzl0LVVTY3VUNm5OQUxDbXJuQ Q (https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4fU88wUkyk1M3BMNzl0LVVTY3VUNm5OQUxDbXJuQ Q)

02-29-2012, 07:35 AM
Great INFO and photos/x-rays...Seeing- helps to understand the problem

island rehabber
02-29-2012, 07:37 AM
Yes, particularly the link between MBD and ODONTOMAE.

island rehabber
03-03-2012, 10:05 PM
:alright.gif Thanks to Milo's Mom, we've got the link to the VIDEO of Dr Emerson's presentation!

Dr. Emerson's Presentation:
Squirrel Dentistry - An Overview (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=108437419685240058945&target=ALBUM&id=5715039908702985201&authkey=Gv1sRgCI2vz7byzpipGw&feat=email)


Nancy in New York
03-04-2012, 06:27 AM
:alright.gif Thanks to Milo's Mom, we've got the link to the VIDEO of Dr Emerson's presentation!

Dr. Emerson's Presentation:
Squirrel Dentistry - An Overview (https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=108437419685240058945&target=ALBUM&id=5715039908702985201&authkey=Gv1sRgCI2vz7byzpipGw&feat=email)


Thank you Milo's Mom!:bowdown
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06-10-2012, 10:12 AM
:thankyou :thankyou :thankyou WOW ! I cant wait to watch this video, :thankyou everyone !

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06-19-2012, 08:47 AM
Awesome info!

The Sqrl Grl
08-04-2012, 03:28 PM
Wow, Dr. Emerson's video is absolutely fabulous! Though I already knew much of it, it's helpful to hear everyone's questions...puts things in perspective. What exactly is the Gathering of Nuts? Is this a yearly gathering of rehabbers? Any info would be appreciated. Also, in reference to teeth care, is there a way to assist in keeping a squirrel's teeth the proper length before trimming is needed? For example, is it a good (healthy) idea to keep a pumice stone of some sort in their cage (God knows if they would even use it)? I do know that their own grinding typically keeps the length under control but just wanted to throw the question out there. Thx!

island rehabber
08-04-2012, 04:01 PM
The Gathering of Nuts is our annual party/conference weekend for Squirrel Board members. Rehabbers, non-rehabbers, squirrel lovers, pet squirrel owners (it's legal in Florida), and even some hotel guests who wander in to join the fun are all welcome at the Gatherings. Watch the thread on our plans for 2013....


As for teeth-grinding, I always provide my rehab squirrels with cuttlebones, bone slices, branches and seashells for chewing.

The Sqrl Grl
08-04-2012, 08:27 PM
What great advice...thx so much! I'll definitely keep an eye out for the info on the "Gathering of Nuts" conference...sounds like a blast!!!! mjs mjs

Diggie's Friend
03-06-2022, 12:45 PM
Though this info was listed under prairie dogs, the most commonly found rodent to develop odontomas; it also applies to other rodents cared for in captivity.

Malocclusion may occur due to heredity, lack of vitamin C, injury, or imbalances of certain minerals in the diet. Meanwhile, broken teeth often occurs when a prairie dog chews on the wire mesh or bars of a cage. The cause for odontoma is uncertain, but it may be related to vitamin or mineral imbal*ances, lack of sunlight, or inadequate wear or pressure on the incisor teeth.

Charley Chuckles
03-06-2022, 01:26 PM
Thank you Diggie 👍

Diggie's Friend
01-10-2023, 07:44 PM
Recently, I contacted a member of the Administration to see what they thought of a veterinary file on Dental-oral conditions in, "Squirrel-like" rodents, as far as it being a valuable reference resource in support of members that would like to share it with their veterinarians. Also, so that members, rehabbers, veterinarians, and NR owned, who may desire to learn more for themselves about how these conditions in squirrels are diagnosed and treated by veterinarians.

Please read the following prior to opening this file.

Be advised that this veterinarian file contains graphic images of dental-oral veterinary procedures and treatments in, "squirrel like" rodents. Should you have any issue with viewing the graphic images contained in this file; please refrain from opening the file. Thank you.