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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    Step got nailed by that squirrel (Brutus)and blood was drawn, my kevlar gloves prevented bites from breaking my skin
    But they didn't keep them maggots from crawling up on you...
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    yea, that was pretty gross.

    Brutus was a mess but he rallied and grew strong after you and I helped him! He continued to visit on and off for a while and although I have not seen him in a while, he might still be out there kicking ass and taking names!


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    But they didn't keep them maggots from crawling up on you...
    See my wild squirrel adventures in the thread "Squirtle's yard!":
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    See the sisters Pip and Nip!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam View Post
    yeah i know you guys are probably right and i should relax..i guess i don't know too much about wild squirrels so i got really concerned
    Been bitten by many wild squirrels.
    One had a case of mange so bad he looked like a leper.
    No issues.

    Well I've got mental issues but those are not squirrel bite related.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coralreefer View Post
    Well I've got mental issues but those are not squirrel bite related.
    Boy can I relate to that!

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    There was a program on the other day on a program entitled, "The Monsters Within". that featured one case of "Rat Bit Fever". Thign is it isn't aways transmitted by a bite, but also from rat feces. And though mostly rats carry this disease wild squirrels can as well. Of the humans infected by this particular parasitical infection, most survive, yet a few don't. Mostly seen in rats as the name implies it si still possible mice, ground squirrels, and last of all tree squirrels could be infected wtih this disease.

    What we should take away from this discussion is that there is more to considered with a bite from a wild squirrel than the very rare rabies, for there are potentially other infectious diseases that can be transmitted from a bite from tree squirrels to humans by this means, yet not limited to this means. WNV is one commonly found to be carried by tree squirrels in california, but not limited to this region.
    What the CDC states is if you are bitten by any wild animal to immediately seek medical support. The CDC keeps a close monitor of outbreaks of infectious diseases, which doctors have access to, even to where the outbreaks presently are. Checking with medical profecssionals is the quickest way to ensure any care you may need is given in a timely fashion.

    If then you are bitten by a wild see medical aide; don't wait, for tests can be done to check to see if you have been infected or not. As for those that handling wild tree squirrels, be they adults or fiesty juveniles, wearing both Kevlar glove liners and a ceramic glove over it for double protection, is highly advisable. I pesonally know of a rehabber in TX that got ill and assumed it was from WNV, nothing to take so lightly even so not a vector species for rabies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diggie's Friend View Post
    I began to write of other means how the virus is tranferred is from mosquito bites, but see I got off track for a moment. Ticks have also been found in the NY region to carry this disease.

    http://www.cfsph.iastate.edu/FastFac...le_fever_F.pdf

    Amongst the other diseases that can be tranmitted by insects, that have been commonly found on mammals from deer, to birds, and small mammals, far from being limited to rodents, is Lyme disease.

    Some years back I was bitten by a black legged tick while working in my garden. I realized this when I found a dead tick stuck to my clothing against my skin with my blood I had assumed next to it. I put it into a plastic bottle and took to my doctor, who initialy did't find the tell tale ring on my skin. I also went to see an infectious disease specialist, where the ring was seen first by the assistant, not having shown up at the time when I was first examined by my GP. In this two exams were better than one, as it takes time for the ring to appear. Thankfully the tick was found to not carry Lyme, or the other similar diseases shield ticks are known to commonly carry. I still have a numb spot where it bit me; my GP told me it was an enzyme the ticks inject into the skin of their hosts that numbs the area, so that they can suck your blood undetected, which it apparently did!

    Waiting too long to be tested for a possible infection is a bad idea; I admit it was more than two weeks since I had been bitten that I decided to take the tick in for my doctor to test it. In the case of lyme disease and other similar diseases, there is a short time frame when it can be eradicated by specific anti biotics; afterwards it changes form in the body, where it may lie dormant for many years till serious symptoms surface. Acting on a matter like this, be it a tick bite or animal bite can make a significant difference in the outcome in your life and that of your loved ones.
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    So much for trying to calm this guys paranoia over rabies,
    lets just hand him a few more reasons to stress over dying....
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    Default Re: squirrel bite, worry about rabies?

    Been bitten by squirrels dozens of times, was bitten by cats twice, by dog twice... results?
    infection each and every time from cats, from dogs, even had to get on IV antibiotic from one of the cats. But, from squirrels...??? NADA!!!! Not even the slightest infection.

    Granted, if it happens I make sure to make it bleed properly so bacteria doesn't stay inside, and clean the bite thoroughly, AB cream and band-aid... and voilà!

    Edit:Ohhh I forgot! A good Tylenol if the bite is on the tip or into the nail of a finger... man those ones hurt and throb!
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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    So much for trying to calm this guys paranoia over rabies,
    lets just hand him a few more reasons to stress over dying....
    And a couple of vallium

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooterzmom View Post
    was bitten by cats twice - even had to get on IV antibiotic from one of the cats
    Here you go....

    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news...es-021214.html

    My squirrel infested home guarded against cats by Sgt Patches the P.D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooterzmom View Post
    Granted, if it happens I make sure to make it bleed properly so bacteria doesn't stay inside, and clean the bite thoroughly, AB cream and band-aid... and voilà!
    Can you bottle that? Common sense has really gotten to be a rare commodity these days......
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    Quote Originally Posted by SophieSquirrel View Post
    Here you go....

    https://www.consumeraffairs.com/news...es-021214.html

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    I tell my children all the time....just because you read something on the internet doesn’t mean it’s true. It must come from a reliable source AND you have to read between the print to decipher if the statement is completely skewed by an unrealistic exposure to a component or not. IMHO!

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    Default Re: squirrel bite, worry about rabies?

    https://avmajournals.avma.org/action...ma.250.10.1117

    No reported incidents of tree squirrel bites infecting people in California with rabies.

    http://www.laanimalservices.com/abou...ife/squirrels/

    Common sense don't come into close contact with wild animals save you are a rehabber, and know how to safely handle them.

    Should you be bitten by any wild animal including a tree squirrel, follow theCDC protocol to consult with your physician exam you, and run tests if needed.
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    got three baby wild squirrels about 3 months ago. each one came to us and one even ran up leg. figured squirrel that had been run over as they keeped coming to us . was afraid of them dying so took in. Lost one with in 1 day . other 2 were doing fine until two weeks ago lost another one and this morning my third one was fine when i first went to fed her, my spouse went in about a hour latter to give her a treat she grabbed her chest and fell over and heart was racing. she then just went to the nest and seemed fine about four hours later went to check on her cause heard her making crying sound. when i went to touch her she bite me severly and would not let go she just kept biting down . she has bitten before but not like this . anyhow checked with doctor on last tetnaious thats been 8 years ago said was fine but to as they dont do rabies vacination go to er. as have had the squirrels since mid november could they have rabies? sorry could not find inccubation time or symptums.also vet. said dont need rabies shot. please forgive spelling. any and all help appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by postalkittie View Post
    got three baby wild squirrels about 3 months ago. each one came to us and one even ran up leg. figured squirrel that had been run over as they keeped coming to us . was afraid of them dying so took in. Lost one with in 1 day . other 2 were doing fine until two weeks ago lost another one and this morning my third one was fine when i first went to fed her, my spouse went in about a hour latter to give her a treat she grabbed her chest and fell over and heart was racing. she then just went to the nest and seemed fine about four hours later went to check on her cause heard her making crying sound. when i went to touch her she bite me severly and would not let go she just kept biting down . she has bitten before but not like this . anyhow checked with doctor on last tetnaious thats been 8 years ago said was fine but to as they dont do rabies vacination go to er. as have had the squirrels since mid november could they have rabies? sorry could not find inccubation time or symptums.also vet. said dont need rabies shot. please forgive spelling. any and all help appreciated
    You have nothing to worry about in the rabies arena.

    What were you feeding these babies?


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    we were giving them kitten formula by bottle at first then wild songbird food witch the outdoor squirrels regularlly eat it has sunflower- seeds corn - dried cherries. they also recieved peanuts and other fruits nuts and seeds- and some veggies. The original site i checked did not include insects which i found out today. I would not be as freaked about bite if the first two did not die and now brittney looks like she also will not make it cann't get to vet until tomorrow and seen rabies can show up in animals from 7 days to 2 years depending on amimal and bite and symptoms match the one i lost two weeks ago and now brittney. since the are so tiny and fragile having them almost 3 months i was calm reading answeres but the more i look the more questions i have just to clarify everything. sorry for bugging everyone but your help is appreciated as i'm just trying to help the little ones

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    I hope someone here will be able to recommend a Wildlife Rehabilitator in your area. I think that would be in Brittney's best interest. She's suffering from malnutrition and possibly Metabolic Bone Disease.

    https://www.henryspets.com/mbd/

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    Quote Originally Posted by postalkittie View Post
    we were giving them kitten formula by bottle at first then wild songbird food witch the outdoor squirrels regularlly eat it has sunflower- seeds corn - dried cherries. they also recieved peanuts and other fruits nuts and seeds- and some veggies. The original site i checked did not include insects which i found out today. I would not be as freaked about bite if the first two did not die and now brittney looks like she also will not make it cann't get to vet until tomorrow and seen rabies can show up in animals from 7 days to 2 years depending on amimal and bite and symptoms match the one i lost two weeks ago and now brittney. since the are so tiny and fragile having them almost 3 months i was calm reading answeres but the more i look the more questions i have just to clarify everything. sorry for bugging everyone but your help is appreciated as i'm just trying to help the little ones
    Unfortunately that "diet" is what's killing your babies and pain is why your getting bit. Kitten formula was wrong to began with, it should have been a qualified puppy formula. Kitten formula does not have the nutrition or calcium a squirrel requires. A squirrel has a very high calcium requirement. Fruit does not hold any nutritional value and all the nuts, seed, and corn has done is rob their bodies of calcium causing MBD. (Metabolic bone disease) The symptoms you describe with the last baby pretty much confirms that. MBD can be turned around in most cases IF it's not to late. MBD is painful, mbd kills.

    If you have any chance to save her you must start the protocol for mbd immediately!
    Click on this link: https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...dated-3-31-09)

    If you are successful you must correct that diet! This link is for the healthy diet for pet / captive squirrels:
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-Pet-Squirrels

    Feeding a pet/captive squirrel by what the wilds are seen eating is a common uneducated mistake many make. A good quality rodent block should have been the first solid food introduced. In the wild squirrels eat a large variety of different foods to balance their daily nutritional requirements. They know what to eat and how to eat to maintain that balance. In captivity we have to balance that requirement with and how we know and feed them accordingly
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    Unhappy Re: squirrel bite, worry about rabies?

    when i got babies my daughter checked into what to feed them. this is what they told us to feed them. at time did not know of the squirrel. sorry cause as ussual my good intensions screwed things up and mi caused my babies to suffer. as i regularlly feed and they eat the wild songbird food should i stop giving it to the outside wild squirrels?

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