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    Default Adult Squirrel Hit by Car

    Found on the road after being hit multiple times and dragged.

    Originally brought him/her in just to allow it to pass peacefully somewhere warm.

    After an hour, he/she was still alive and I couldn't just NOT try. Well going on 48 hours of work later and he/she is actually improving.

    He/she is eliminating normally and lifting his or her head to take fluids orally at this point and can use his/her front legs to clean it's face but when trying to walk, both front legs go limp at the shoulders. Eyes are now bright, alert and clear during his/her more "alert" periods. Some pretty intense swelling on one side of the face at least but it has not been getting worse and does noticeably respond to ibuprofen.

    I have prednisone on hand but would need the dose if that would help - which i imagine it would?
    I also have the dumbest question ever - would this be something that warrants a round of antibiotics?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SqueakerTheLegend View Post
    Found on the road after being hit multiple times and dragged.
    Originally brought him/her in just to allow it to pass peacefully somewhere warm.
    After an hour, he/she was still alive and I couldn't just NOT try. Well going on 48 hours of work later and he/she is actually improving.
    He/she is eliminating normally and lifting his or her head to take fluids orally at this point and can use his/her front legs to clean it's face but when trying to walk, both front legs go limp at the shoulders. Eyes are now bright, alert and clear during his/her more "alert" periods. Some pretty intense swelling on one side of the face at least but it has not been getting worse and does noticeably respond to ibuprofen.
    I have prednisone on hand but would need the dose if that would help - which i imagine it would?
    I also have the dumbest question ever - would this be something that warrants a round of antibiotics?
    Thanks in advance!

    Prednisone would definitely be better and has proven to render good results especially with car struck injuries.
    Prednisone and Gabapinten together has also shown to be an excellent combination toward these types of injury.
    However, you can't give Pred and Ib together and would need to stop the Ib and wait 24 hours before starting
    the prednisone.
    Asking about ab's is not a dumb question at all but unless there is a noted infection concern I don't personally see
    where an added Ab would be necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post

    Prednisone would definitely be better and has proven to render good results especially with car struck injuries.
    Prednisone and Gabapinten together has also shown to be an excellent combination toward these types of injury.
    However, you can't give Pred and Ib together and would need to stop the Ib and wait 24 hours before starting
    the prednisone.
    Asking about ab's is not a dumb question at all but unless there is a noted infection concern I don't personally see
    where an added Ab would be necessary.

    Yep already planning to wait the 24 hours before starting the pred if I start it at all.

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    Definitely start the prednisone after the 24 hr wait period. It’s the best chance for recovery. Someone on her will give you dosing directions.

    Is this poor thing eating? What are you feeding?

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    I can dose the prednisone when the 24 hours are up.
    When would that be though?
    Do you have an estimate of the weight, or a picture
    showing his whole body.
    Do you have Gabapentin?

    Thank you for stopping and helping this little one.
    Without you, we all know what his destiny would be.

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    He is 672 g

    I have Gabapentin coming shortly

    He is not eating at this point and I have just been focusing on getting enough fluids in him so far. Will be starting goats milk esbilac later on today or tomorrow just to give him some nourishment.

    EDITED TO ADD: Also - he started using his front legs to walk a bit this morning!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SqueakerTheLegend View Post
    He is 672 g

    I have Gabapentin coming shortly

    He is not eating at this point and I have just been focusing on getting enough fluids in him so far. Will be starting goats milk esbilac later on today or tomorrow just to give him some nourishment.


    What is the strength of both the Prednisone and the Gabapentin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post


    What is the strength of both the Prednisone and the Gabapentin?
    20mg Prednisolone
    I will let you know on the Gabapentin ASAP

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    Default Re: Adult Squirrel Hit by Car

    When was the last time you gave ibuprofen?
    Do you have a 1 cc syringe to dose?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    When was the last time you gave ibuprofen?
    Do you have a 1 cc syringe to dose?
    8 pm last night and yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by SqueakerTheLegend View Post
    8 pm last night and yes
    Perfect!
    I sent dosing for the Pred. so you can start that tonight at 8:00.

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