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    Default Inside thigh wound, maggots.

    I was given a five week old grey squirrel baby. He was only one who survived. He was found under a tree, two siblings dead. He had a little blood on his nose , and his inner thigh is open and was teaming with small maggots. I cannot find Capstar tonight, I looked in three animal stores. He is very weak. I am hydrating him, and flushing wound and taking off maggots. I am afraid they are internal as when I set him down, there are drops of blood. I have seen them in his rectum. I have raised several squirrels, but never with this nasty problem HELP!!What could have caused this injury? Crows, hawk, fall from his tree? Can any other meds kill the nasties??

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    Capstar is all that I know to do about it. Do you have a Walmart anywhere near you? Call their pet department if you do and ask if they have it.
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    I checked Country Max, Farm and Family and Walmart. No one had it. I will call my vet in the AM.

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    For now, do you have Dawn dish detergent? A sponge bath with a bit of Dawn in warm water would be better than nothing for now. You want to get as many off of him as possible.
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    Thanks, Yes, already gave him a bath and flushed out with diluted peroxide. He finally pooped and some came out too!! He looks much better that way than before.

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    I am not an expert, but I can tell you my experience. I had a newborn kitten one time that the mother abandoned her and by the time I found her, she had maggots coming out of her eyes and nose, and the poor thing was still alive, but I just flushed and flushed with hydrogen peroxide.
    She unfortunately didn't make it, but getting the maggots out, I just had to keep cleaning and flushing. It's so nasty. I am sorry this poor little guy is going through this.
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    Very diluted betadine maybe but, not peroxide. Peroxide is pretty hard on the tissue that is raw.
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    Little squirrel died early this am. He was so thin and weak, too far gone by the time I got him. Poor little thing.

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