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    Exclamation Little Jesse

    Hello I'm new here & have never rehabbed a squirrel before
    The story is we seen mom (grey squirrel) move her babies under our deck for some reason a few months ago during the summer
    A month or so goes by & my daughter found 1 of the babies dead in our driveway no marks or anything on him.
    A week goes by and we found another one alive on our deck just laying there hardly able to move.
    We suspect mom abandoned them or got hit by a car as she never came back.
    We brought him in & re-hydrated him & slowly got him/her healthy, feeding goats milk with heavy cream & water.
    We've fed him fruit veggies & some Lara bars for treats.
    2 days ago his heat pad somehow got unplugged & same with the heater we have in the room, he was super cold to the touch & again could hardly move
    I warmed him up but since then he's been lethargic and dehydrated I just gave him sugar water which he drank about 6ml & then pee'd a really dark pee
    Which is why I'm here now cause it freaked me out.
    His back legs have always been a bit weak as he cant really walk or hop/run at a quick pace

    Is this because he's gotten cold or is there another reason for the dark pee..?
    Thank You !!
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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    I have just now ordered this
    Fox Valley Day-One Formula 20/50
    Hi-Protein Blocks - for Baby Squirrels and Flyers
    MBD Treatment Kit
    From Henry's I hope it gets here (B.C Canada) quickly

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Please tell us about his entire diet.. 80% of issues are diet.

    See if you can find Royal Canine puppy formula while you wait for Fox Valley 20/ 50 to arrive.


    Edit: And Tums. Get some Tums, but not the kind with Vitamin D. Fruit flavored, not mint.

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    The dark pee is typically from dehydration.
    Keep slowly pushing the hydration fluids and get the correct formula.
    What does he weigh and how much are you feeding.
    Can you post a picture of him?
    This one is at least 8 weeks old, correct?
    It doesn't seem that he should be like this, just because
    of the heating pad turning off.
    Sounds like there is more going on here.

    Do you have a lot of fleece, or blankets in the bin/cage he's in?
    What kind of container are you keeping him in.

    Edit: Instead of sugar water, hydrate for 24 hours with Pedialyte, then go
    to water with a touch of honey, for a little flavoring.
    Hydration is key.

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    K I ran got tums fruit no vitimin d
    I switched from sugar to honey
    He's drank about 6ml of honey water and about 4 mls of tums. Hes had 2 normal poops but no more pee at all.

    His diet is varied as he's just started on "real food"
    He's had bits of avacado sweet potato celery romaine lettuce apple pair grape home made squirrel bars I made.
    His formula is Pro Bloom Instant goats milk plus probiotics mixed with water & heavy cream. This is him havin some tums
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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Are you following the MBD protocol in giving tums?
    http://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/s...dated-3-31-09)

    Please share with us what the recipe in his squirrel bars?

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky View Post
    Are you following the MBD protocol in giving tums?
    http://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/s...dated-3-31-09)

    Please share with us what the recipe in his squirrel bars?
    I believe Larabars are a fruit and nut combo referred to as a "cashew cookie."
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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    I believe Larabars are a fruit and nut combo referred to as a "cashew cookie."
    He would get a little piece of a Larabar ad a snack but I made some bars from another squirrel forum I found
    I'll post the tecipe once I find it, its from squirrelnutrition.com
    And yes I've given him a tums I crushed and mixed with warm water thru a syringe.

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Is he acting any better today?
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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    No
    He wont drink anything, I've tried everything. Tums, tums in honey water,tums in his formula,plain honey water,plain formula. He did have a clear pee lastnight tho. I cant bring him to the vet either I was told he may be a invasive species and they would just call conservation officer to come get him to kill him.

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Yes, I believe you are right in BC, unfortunately.

    Continue with hydration - whatever he seems to like the best. Even if you just push enough into his mouth to wet it, wait a couple minutes, and do it again and again, etc.

    Call your friends, family, and anyone else you know or can reach by phone or FB and see if anyone has ANY antibiotics - not pet meds - antibiotics for humans. Many are very useful in animals. Many women are prone to urinary tract infections and the most commonly given med for that is Cipro. That would be a good thing to get - you only need ONE pill. Ask for ANYTHING - many people don't use all of their pills and they lay around. Get a list and bring it back here and let's see if we can do more than just hydrate.

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Thank you everyone for your help !
    I managed to get about 2 tablespoons of fluid into him, kind of a mixture of everything I've tried for the past 5 hours today. I've found he wont touch the orange flavored tums or the lime flavored but he will let me atleast push some of the strawberry into him. How much he actually got down his throat I dont know. He had a small poop but no pee yet. His fur/skin will still stay where it is (the sign of dehydration) where the fur kinda stays in place. But he does get roweled up and squawks he will try & walk but then will just stand there with his chin resting on the ground. I did try to get him to pee with a warm cloth but all I got was a puncture hole thru my finger haha 1st time hes ever bit me hard enough to go thru skin. So he's got some fight left in him I'll try feeding again once I'm done cleaning his cage..
    I did make a photo gallery of him & cage etc since the 1st day we found him & uploaded pics but not sure how to post them.

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    I uploaded some pics of his privates, to be sure there's nothing wrong with him & he can pee as normal. I don't know how to make the pics work but there in my folder somewhere if someone can find them



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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Here you go.
    I'm quite sure you have a little girl here.






    Here's a little boy.



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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Oh wow ! there is quite the difference lol
    Good thing we picked a boy/girl name hehe
    HER name is Jesse
    PS: the pic of the squirrel carrying the pinky down the tree is mom & the pinky is either the one we found in driveway or Jesse

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Blackmore View Post
    Oh wow ! there is quite the difference lol
    Good thing we picked a boy/girl name hehe
    HER name is Jesse

    Perfect!

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    So I can get some antibiotics called Amoxicillin and apo-sulfatrim which would be best ?

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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    This is her, I'm thinking now that she's got a bladder infection as she strains to pee. I'm going to find my scale and weigh her my sister is bringing me 500mg Apoxicillin tonight.
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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    Amoxicillin is perfect; we can help you dose it for her.
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    Default Re: New here & need a bit of help !

    I got the meds but have misplaced my scale to weigh her.
    How should I measure her to determine an approx weight ?
    Or does someone have a keen eye on the pic I just posted ?
    Thank You

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