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    Default mbd issues with my eastern grey squirrel

    Hello.. My 5 yr old eastern grey squirrel has been having problems with MBD since last spring. I used Henry's healthy pets website recommendations to treat it, took him to the vet, where he ended up fracturing his front paw.. He began to improve during the summer, however, not 100 percent.. About two weeks ago, I saw a decline again.. I am very concerned..
    At this time, my plan is to change his calcium supplement from avian calcium carbonate to calcium citrate.
    I would also like to add healthy origins pycnogenal to his diet, along with magnesium citrate.. I am not sure how much magnesium he should receive.
    Btw.. His daily diet consists of one nut square daily, along with leaf lettuce, 2 small pieces of avocado, 1 raspberry, etc.
    as a treat he gets one pecan or one walnut. The diet has been modified since he has the symptoms of MBD.
    I am very concerned about him since he is walking, but it is very difficult. Thsnk you very much for any helpful advice.

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    Default Re: mbd issues with my eastern grey squirrel

    Nut Squares... What are these? You mention using the recommendations on Henry's site - are you feeding the Henry's blocks?

    We have a member who posts here as Diggie's Friend who can fill you in on the pycnogenol...

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    thank you for your reply. The nut square mix is purchased from squirrelnutrition.com. It is a mixture of pecans, dolomite calcium alfalfa, brewers yeast, vitamin c, rice flour, and coconut oil. there may be one or two ingredients I am leaving out. it is mixed by me with a half cup of his favorite fruit puree. I use banana. Once mixed, it is formed into one inch squares and he gets one a day.
    I could not get him to eat the henry's blocks when he was younger, so I had to look around for something else. This seemed to workout well.
    I believe I may have been allowing him to have too many nuts last winter and spring... this may have caused the dietary imbalance. I have reduced nuts in his diet.

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    Default Re: mbd issues with my eastern grey squirrel

    Quote Originally Posted by Nuggets View Post
    thank you for your reply. The nut square mix is purchased from squirrelnutrition.com. It is a mixture of pecans, dolomite calcium alfalfa, brewers yeast, vitamin c, rice flour, and coconut oil. there may be one or two ingredients I am leaving out. it is mixed by me with a half cup of his favorite fruit puree. I use banana. Once mixed, it is formed into one inch squares and he gets one a day.
    I could not get him to eat the henry's blocks when he was younger, so I had to look around for something else. This seemed to workout well.
    I believe I may have been allowing him to have too many nuts last winter and spring... this may have caused the dietary imbalance. I have reduced nuts in his diet.
    Many of us cringe when we see this being fed...
    Can't tell you how many squirrels we have seen on this board that
    has wound up with deficient nutrition from being fed this junk.
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    Default Re: mbd issues with my eastern grey squirrel

    If this has been going on since spring and he has not recovered 100% then, as you suspect, you need to modify what you’re doing. Using the calcium citrate and pycnogenol may help, but I think you need a different block for the foundation of his diet. You should try the Henrys block again, they have a new hazelnut variety that is well liked. I have also had great luck feeding Harlan Teklad 2018 block that has been ground to a powder and mixed with baby food and coconut oil. Since he is already accustomed to the nut squares you make I think you should try adding ground Harlan Teklad block to the mix. The Harlan block must be purchased online. It is a 100% complete nutrition block.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stepnstone View Post
    Many of us cringe when we see this being fed...
    Can't tell you how many squirrels we have seen on this board that
    has wound up with deficient nutrition from being fed this junk.
    stepnstone, have you seen his squirrel formula?
    1 Cup of Whole Milk
    4 Tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream
    A few drops of Raw Coconut Oil to each feeding (Optional)

    http://www.squirrelnutrition.com/squirrel-formula.html

    And he suggests you feed 1-2 mls of formula for each week of age.
    That would mean that those 4 eyes closed babies I had a few years back
    that were over 200 grams would only get 5-10 mls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy in New York View Post
    stepnstone, have you seen his squirrel formula?
    1 Cup of Whole Milk
    4 Tablespoons of Heavy Whipping Cream
    A few drops of Raw Coconut Oil to each feeding (Optional)

    http://www.squirrelnutrition.com/squirrel-formula.html

    And he suggests you feed 1-2 mls of formula for each week of age.
    That would mean that those 4 eyes closed babies I had a few years back
    that were over 200 grams would only get 5-10 mls.
    It’s Bill Sells and the formula is scalded milk.


    Nuggets, if you have worked on this since last spring, you need to try a different approach.
    Have you tried the Picky Eater block from Henry’s? I wouldn’t feed any nuts at all until the MBD is resolved.

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