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    Default 11 year old southern flying squirrel straining to pee & poop

    I have been watching my little one and it looks as though she is straining to pea and possible poop. I started giving her craqnberry juice and crazins and prune yesterday. She was not eating her wax worms as usual about a week ago and this is when I noticed she was not eating as usual. She has started to eat much better now I have been giving her worms by had ...she eats her fruit on her own...apple & blueberries and a little bricolli. She has been pooping...not as much as usual but getting there. Thinking she might not have been pooping becausse of eating less. This past 6mths she started to pea and poop in her bed rather than on side of cage as she has always done in the past..it was a gradual thing. I thought it was her older age causing this but now am wondering if she has been having problems. Several years ago she had some blood in urine and was straining to pea then but I never treated her with the antiobiotics because she all of a sudden started to pea normal after the cranberry juice! So now I am watching and seeing a bit of improvement....her little button looks like it is a bit swollen and more pink than usual. So her weight today is 2.60 oz...I do have SMZ-TMP 800-160 MG Tabs from 2017 for human use. Wondering if I should keep watching before I give antiobotic because I am seeing improvement in her pees and poops or just give her meds? Can you let me know what you think I should do and give me dosage for her weight of 2.60 in case I need to give meds. Also wondering if this is age related or if she got depressed and was not eating and drinking as good as usual because I was not as attentive to her ....my Mom has been sick and I was not giving my little one Fez as much attention. I have never given her any meds in the 11 years I have had her and am a bit scared to do so but will if needed. Also wondering if she could be in heat....Not sure at what age this stops! Hope you can direct me in what I should do with her. Thank You, Diane

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    Default Re: 11 year old southern flying squirrel straining to pee & poop

    By the way, great job in caring for her, she has beat all odds to make it to 11 years of age!

    The most likely cause is age related.

    Please read this, and take heart as there is still changes you can make in her diet to support her at this advanced age.

    https://www.2ndchance.info/test.php?page=ratkidney

    Pycnogenol made from the cambium living layer of the Pinaster pine tree has been found over 40 years of research to have high levels of polyphenols promoting health in rats and in humans. It is particularly support of kidney health, and supports good energy levels. It is a very high level anti-oxidant, anti inflammatory is why.

    https://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Origi...00CLYN9G0?th=1

    Include one sixteenth of the powder of one of these lower dose 30 mg. capsules.

    To do this remove the powder from the capsule and place it on a waxy surface, like the shiny side of white butcher paper, then divide the powder in two, and then the half in two, then that half in two, and finally that last half in two to get the amount per day to add to the diet of your flying squirrel.


    Also add NOW Calcium Citrate to the diet, while lowering the amounts of sources like nuts and seeds to raise the ratio of Calcium to phosphorus in her diet. It is this that has been found to help support kidneys with lowered function.


    Calcium citrate has been found to lend support to kidneys of aging rats.

    https://www.nowfoods.com/supplements...te-pure-powder
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    Default Re: 11 year old southern flying squirrel straining to pee & poop

    Thank You Diggies Friend....
    I am going to read the links you sent.....I am giving her calcium and I think it is citrate but going to check. She does get wax worms, meal worms, acorne, apples, blueberries, brocoli, small piece of pecan or walnut and sunflower seeds. Will read the links....Do you know the dosing on the SMZ-TMP in case I need to use it...

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    Default Re: 11 year old southern flying squirrel straining to pee & poop

    Interesting read....very informative. I checked and I am giving her Henry's calcium carbonate...should I change to the one you have mentioned? Is brocolli and zucchini ok?

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    Default Re: 11 year old southern flying squirrel straining to pee & poop

    Sorry, I don't do med dosing; just dietary support and neutraceuticals.

    Henry's vita-mineral mix with (Ca:P) at (2.7: 1) has a very good ratio for adding whole foods to for older squirrels in support of kidney health.

    With this higher Ca:P ratio plus whole foods, you will not need to add as much Calcium citrate.

    If she is improving with the cranberry juice, it might be good to wait, as AB can mess up digestion and make stool issue worse.

    Do you make a soft dough homemade doughy ball with the vitamin mineral mix, or HHB block for flying squirrels?

    What measure of the vita-mineral mix do you use daily? What measure of the protein powder do you include daily?

    Recommend including:

    Here is berry source that is higher in anti-inflammatory than cranberry juice, a wild harvested Canadian source of dried whole fruit wild blueberry powder Include just 1/64 Tsp. daily equal to one half Tablespoon of whole wild blueberries. It tastes better than cranberry does, no sugars added, simple dry process doesn't damage nutrients. Add this to plain organic yogurt 1/2 Tsp.

    https://www.amazon.com/Blueberry-Pow...gateway&sr=8-5


    Cooked organic oatmeal; it contains Beta Glucans that soothes the lining of the intestines and gives bulk from fiber to the bowel supporting normal stool.

    Bob's Red Mill brand organic (1/4 Tsp.) cooked unsweetened Old fashioned rolled quick organic oatmeal cooked (not instant).

    Available at local stores that carry organic foods. (Sprouts, Whole Foods, also on Amazon.com.)

    https://www.amazon.com/Bobs-Red-Mill...gateway&sr=8-2


    https://www.perofamilyfarms.com/our-products/

    See their other vegetables, green beans, cauliflower, Kale. Blanch organic baby leafy greens (chicory leaf, escarole, watercress, arugula).

    Boil fine chopped (or riced) broccoli cauliflower, it will be easier for your squirrel to digest. (see also butternut squash, and broccoli florets)

    This square tea strainer makes boiling veggies easy to contain and drain.

    https://www.amazon.com/VAHDAM-Approv...gateway&sr=8-2


    Pet Flora in support of digestion and well nutrient availability. https://www.amazon.com/Pet-Flora-cap.../dp/B005PJN2HO


    Green Valley yogurt carries a plain organic yogurt that is lactose free. It contains probiotic strains that support digestive and metabolic health.

    https://greenvalleylactosefree.com/p...e-plain-yogurt

    You can add organic vanilla extract to this to improve taste. https://www.amazon.com/Simply-Organi.../dp/B00I6CV8FK


    Organic chia oil is a source that is high in Omega 3 Fatty acids. This source is anti-inflammatory.

    "Foods Alive" Chia oil is organic cold pressed (not carrier oil).

    https://www.amazon.com/Foods-Alive-A...ay&sr=8-1&th=1


    Organic grown in the USA. Oregon pumpkin seed oil. This oil has been found to protect the liver from toxins;

    it is also has anti-inflammatory properties.

    https://www.amazon.com/Pumpkin-Seed-...gateway&sr=8-8


    Recommend:

    Removing sweet potatoes, yams, corn.

    Limit nuts to no more than 1/2 Tsp. chopped organic hazelnut (filbert nut) a day.

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