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    Default Rehabbed squirrel came home 6 days , lethargic, glassy eyes and white/gray diarrhea

    Squeakers left home six days ago. I have rehabbed him for a few months. He came back today very lethargic, his eyes are a little glossy looking and he has white/gray diarrhea. He's eating and drinking but is definitely more subdued than he used to be. He was banging at the porch door, went readily to his previous cage and cuddled for a few. Anyone have any suggestions?

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    Definitely give supportive care as you are doing. Get him drinking as much as you can. Donít know about the grey/white diarrhea. Hopefully he did not get into anything harmful. Most youngsters coming back are quite hungry, thirsty and very tired. Look him over and make sure he is intact, all body parts where they are supposed to be, and keep an eye on him to make sure he did not get into anything toxic.
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    Is the poop grey/slimy and very foul smelling? Could be giardia, he would need meds for it. In the meantime keep pushing fluids whenever he will take them, and keep him warm. Poor guy.
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    Default Re: Rehabbed squirrel came home 6 days , lethargic, glassy eyes and white/gray diarrh

    How old is your little one?
    How long was he in the release cage.
    Poor little guy, I hope he feels better soon.

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    Definitely keep him inside till he recovers. He will probably take some very long naps now that he knows heís safe.

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    Default Re: Rehabbed squirrel came home 6 days , lethargic, glassy eyes and white/gray diarrh

    Quote Originally Posted by redwuff View Post
    Definitely give supportive care as you are doing. Get him drinking as much as you can. Donít know about the grey/white diarrhea. Hopefully he did not get into anything harmful. Most youngsters coming back are quite hungry, thirsty and very tired. Look him over and make sure he is intact, all body parts where they are supposed to be, and keep an eye on him to make sure he did not get into anything toxic.
    Thank you. He's all intact and has no obvious injuries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    How old is your little one?
    How long was he in the release cage.
    Poor little guy, I hope he feels better soon.
    He's around 17 weeks. He was in the release cage for over a week before he even tried to venture outside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by island rehabber View Post
    Is the poop grey/slimy and very foul smelling? Could be giardia, he would need meds for it. In the meantime keep pushing fluids whenever he will take them, and keep him warm. Poor guy.
    It doesn't have any odor.

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    Default Re: Rehabbed squirrel came home 6 days , lethargic, glassy eyes and white/gray diarrh

    Sometimes singles need a bit more time. Let him rest and recuperate for a couple of weeks and then start in the release cage again. Give him a couple of weeks to get used to everything out there and then open the portal for him. Often, singletons are just late bloomers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lschphoto View Post
    It doesn't have any odor.
    In that case we can rule out giardia -- that smell will bring tears to your eyes.
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    Default Re: Rehabbed squirrel came home 6 days , lethargic, glassy eyes and white/gray diarrh

    Quote Originally Posted by SammysMom View Post
    Sometimes singles need a bit more time. Let him rest and recuperate for a couple of weeks and then start in the release cage again. Give him a couple of weeks to get used to everything out there and then open the portal for him. Often, singletons are just late bloomers.
    Thank you! He's doing much better today!

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    Default Re: Rehabbed squirrel came home 6 days , lethargic, glassy eyes and white/gray diarrh

    So good to hear that. We normally leave our teenagers out in the release cage between 2-4 weeks to learn the ways of the hood. When we open up the small opening for their release, we allow them to come and go out of the release cage as needed for as long as it is necessary.
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