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    Does the Echinacea have to be GNC? I have some by a company called Now Foods. Would that be okay to use?

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    I would say it's absolutely ok to use another brand of echinacea.
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    One of the biggest issues with fighting Pox is the risk of secondary infection. It is also my understanding that there are 2 kinds of Pox....Dry and Wet. Dry is basically on the outside and Wet is on the inside. The labored breathing you mention is concerning to me.

    If you are able, please get your little one onto some sort of a broad spectrum antibiotic to help fight any secondary infection. Baytril would be a good choice. The antibiotic will not help with the Pox as Pox is viral.

    I do not have any hands on experience with Pox so my personal knowledge is only what I have read and discussed with rehabbers that have dealt with it.

    I will see if I can reach Rippie and direct her to this thread so she can further discuss her experiences with you.

    Also, someone asked if Pox is one of the herpes viruses...yes, it is. Valtrex is what I take for Shingles and it works like a freaking charm.....just not sure if Valtrex is safe for squirrels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Milo's Mom View Post

    Also, someone asked if Pox is one of the herpes viruses...yes, it is. Valtrex is what I take for Shingles and it works like a freaking charm.....just not sure if Valtrex is safe for squirrels.

    In the proper dose, it is very effective in stopping the progress of EARLY stage pox. Valtrex is the brand name for acyclovir, which is what I used on a 6-wk old pox baby who recovered completely.
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    Hi all,
    I'm new to the forum but have been rehabbing baby squirrels for 14 years. I just took in my first pox squirrel about 3 weeks ago. I ordered the immune booster right away (http://www.caoh.org/liqimbarecbe.html) with 3 day USPS delivery. Unfortunately it took a phone call and 14 days to arrive but I finally have it. Before it arrived my vet had given me an immune booster with L-lysine (sp?). We discussed Acyclovir/valtrex suspension but she said it was very expensive (anyone know a price on that?). I opted to go with SMZ (when and if needed it), the immune booster, fresh fruits & veggies, and formula for all the nutrients and vitamins. Her pox are terrible and she has 2 that look like absesses but she has always been active and seems to feel well. We are on day 5 of the caoh immune booster. I started her on the SMZ because the pox started to get a little bloody and scab. Oh almost forgot that someone had mentioned Nystop antifungal powder to help keep the pox dry. I opted for Lotrimin powder (antifungal & anti-itch) and she gets dusted twice a day with it. She loves her dusty bath :-)! So, I'm sooo hoping the pox will start to receed soon. She seems strong and happy. Just broke out the heating pad cause it is getting chilly here now. Will keep you posted on her progress.

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    Welcome and good luck! I hope she heals right up!

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    Well I have had Poxy since Oct 5th. I thought i'd share her pox progression with y'all. She is on the immune booster, SMZ antibiotic, formula, Lotrimin powder (for dusting 2 times a day) and I started her on metacam yesterday because she seemed to be in pain when I lifted her. I keep a heating pad on low for her too. She is eating well...LOVES cumcumber and grapes :-) The pox have become scabby and a slightly bloody, especially the 2 big ones on her arm. I am hoping that this means we have passed the peak of the the outbreak and are on the healing side.

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    Many healing prayers going out for your sweet baby.
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    Poor little girl! Thanks for helping her!

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    Thank you for helping this poor baby, and many prayers coming your way for both of you.

    If I may make one suggestion... you are doing such a fantastic job I feel odd offering this but who knows? It might be of help...

    Apparently it's what is inside the blisters that helps the spread of the pox all over the body, that and scratching the blisters. So I was thinking it might be a good idea to change her bedding very often during the day especially since some of the blisters are bleeding a bit, you said. I'm suggesting this since it appears she's making some progress and I was thinking you may want to avoid any risk of reinfection.

    The fact that she remains in good spirit and active would sound like a good omen to me - I'm no expert, mind you. I sure do hope that little one pulls through.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooterzmom View Post
    Thank you for helping this poor baby, and many prayers coming your way for both of you.

    If I may make one suggestion... you are doing such a fantastic job I feel odd offering this but who knows? It might be of help...

    Apparently it's what is inside the blisters that helps the spread of the pox all over the body, that and scratching the blisters. So I was thinking it might be a good idea to change her bedding very often during the day especially since some of the blisters are bleeding a bit, you said. I'm suggesting this since it appears she's making some progress and I was thinking you may want to avoid any risk of reinfection.

    The fact that she remains in good spirit and active would sound like a good omen to me - I'm no expert, mind you. I sure do hope that little one pulls through.
    Hi, I greatly appreciate your suggestion! It is my first pox case so I welcome all help and knowledge ! I discussed cleaning the bedding with my vet and she said washing with soap and bleach should be sufficient. Any thoughts on that? I sooo hope we are past the peak!!! Thanks again!

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    What good work you're doing with her! She really looks so much better from what I can see in the first shot. She is one lucky little girl to have you.
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    Scurrygirl , I don't even know what to say... Poxy

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    She does appear to be doing better, she is crusting up. Pox is such a horrible disease. Good luck to you both, prayers being said.
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    Hi everybody,

    Just wanted y'all to know that sweet lil' Poxy girl passed away yesterday. She had her formula and some melon for breakfast and when I checked on her at lunchtime she had passed. I feel like it must have something internal. I appreciate all of y'alls support. I have to say that Pox is a terrible disease!! I think next time, if the pox were still few in number and it was early onset, I would try the Valtrex/Acyclovir suspension. I would definitely keep the immune booster but I would try to inhibit those dang pox from getting worse. RIP lil' girl...

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    oh darn it I am so sorry, scurrygirl......
    This seems to happen a lot with pox squirrels: just when it appears they are getting better, they pass away. I think the pox moves into the internal organs and we don't see that things are actually worse.

    If you use the Acyclovir immediately after seeing the first one or two lesions you can stop the progress of this horrible disease. If not, and if you're treating a squirrel with advanced pox already, it's really a crap shoot
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    RIP Little Sweet girl


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    I'M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR POOR BABY. WHAT AN AWFUL DISEASE. REST IN PERFECT PEACE LITTLE GIRL
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    R.I.P Poxy.

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    RIP little squirrel.


    I am glad you were with her till the end to help ease her passing.


    The pics you posted were awful, that was one of the worst cases I have seen pictures of so I think this little girl did not stand much of a chance even with your heroic efforts.


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