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    Hi. Last night I took in a 3 day old pinkie brought in by the finder's dog. He wasn't punctured or noticeably injured, was moving and squeaking but was clicking breathing in and out (pneumonia was my guess). I have both SMZ and Baytril on hand. Did not know which was better or what the correct dose would be - or if you could even give a baby so tiny any meds at all? I couldn't get to the forum as my password was incorrect and wasn't reset until this AM. I Googled it and couldn't find anything specific to meds and pinkies. I finally got a hold of a Vet Tech friend that wasn't sure if he could be dosed either but at that point she said his prognosis wasn't good and it couldn't hurt to try. I opted for SMZ as its a bit milder than Baytril and just dunked the top of the cannula filled with formula in the SMZ liquid. He did drink a little formula but by the 9:00 PM feeding he was gone. Can someone please tell me what I should do about dosing a pinkie or what I could have done differently to save him in case I ever run into this situation again? Thanks a lot.

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    I am so sorry your little one didn't survive. Bless you for trying.
    Honestly, given my experience with pinkies I believe he was too far gone with pneumonia to save. I would be happy to write more about it but I'm at work right now.
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    Yes please. Any information to help me help them better is most greatly appreciated!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal Lover View Post
    Yes please. Any information to help me help them better is most greatly appreciated!
    Here is the handout from a presentation on pinkies I gave at one of our Gathering of Nuts years ago. It may have a few things that have been tweaked since, but I think it's got the basics for anyone new to rehabbing pinky squirrels.


    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4f...WhRVXFIQQ/view
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    Thank you very much. This is a great help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal Lover View Post
    Thank you very much. This is a great help!
    Please note: The Fox Valley 32/40 referenced here has undergone a formulation change since this presentation was written and we no longer recommend it for pinkies or babies. Pinkies should be on Esbilac with pre andprobiotics - the powder, not the premixed stuff in the can. After 6 weeks or so, you may want to transition them to part or all Fox Valley 20/50. It does not seem to have the issues that the 32/40 does now.

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    Also possible is internal injury from the dog. Unlike cats, the injury caused most by dogs is more of a crushing injury or also shaking. Either of these can leave a baby looking ok on the outside, but not at all ok on the inside.
    Thank you for showing the little one love and comfort in the end.
    Godspeed sweet innocent...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CritterMom View Post
    Please note: The Fox Valley 32/40 referenced here has undergone a formulation change since this presentation was written and we no longer recommend it for pinkies or babies. Pinkies should be on Esbilac with pre andprobiotics - the powder, not the premixed stuff in the can. After 6 weeks or so, you may want to transition them to part or all Fox Valley 20/50. It does not seem to have the issues that the 32/40 does now.
    Thanks, CritterMom -- exactly right. Also I should add that there's no need to get opossum attachment nipples anymore; we have The Miracle Nipple, regular and mini-sized, and they are.....a miracle! Order through henryspets.com.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SammysMom View Post
    Also possible is internal injury from the dog. Unlike cats, the injury caused most by dogs is more of a crushing injury or also shaking. Either of these can leave a baby looking ok on the outside, but not at all ok on the inside.
    Thank you for showing the little one love and comfort in the end.
    Godspeed sweet innocent...
    Thank you ❤

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    I have looked at the Pinky presentation and would love to download it for my reference. The file is locked for printing or downloading. Could you please send me a printable version to my email? kerriperucki@yahoo.com. Thanks!

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