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    Exclamation Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    I feel so terrible I didnt catch this sooner, but I got bit a few times so Id stopped bathing her & doing hands on checks. Shes chewed off much of the muscle & the bone is exposed. She had been eating normally, but now seems like shes in a lot of pain (rapid breathing).

    I feel so horrible & I dont know what to do. I tried bandaging it, but it immediately got soaked with urine so I removed the bandage & cleaned with hydrogen peroxide. The leg has always seemed to have no feeling & the foot is cold.

    Im a horrible squirrel mom. :cry

    Please help!!

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    Squirrels chew, it is one of those things we watch for. And even if you are super careful, it only takes a few minutes when you are not around and ...... the damage is done. So don't be too hard on yourself. Is you little one paralyzed from the waist down?

    In the short term, you should clean that wound up, dry it and place some antibiotic ointment on it. Wrap it up with some Coban bandage, snug but not too tightly, we don't want to restrict circulation especially if his foot already feels cool to the touch.

    I am going to alert some members here who have dealt with similar situations and they can give share their experience and expertise with you.


    Quote Originally Posted by Pam View Post
    I feel so terrible I didnt catch this sooner, but I got bit a few times so Id stopped bathing her & doing hands on checks. Shes chewed off much of the muscle & the bone is exposed. She had been eating normally, but now seems like shes in a lot of pain (rapid breathing).

    I feel so horrible & I dont know what to do. I tried bandaging it, but it immediately got soaked with urine so I removed the bandage & cleaned with hydrogen peroxide. The leg has always seemed to have no feeling & the foot is cold.

    Im a horrible squirrel mom. :cry

    Please help!!

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    She really needs to be seen a vet.. do you have a vet that will see her? An e-collar or some other way to keep her away from her leg is needed. If you do not have a vet, maybe post your general area (county / city) and perhaps someone can refer you to a vet that will see him. It really looks as if that leg needs to be removed to me.

    Just did a quick read of the other thread on him from January. Is he on any meds at all currently? Sometimes gabapentin can help with the tingling sensation that causes them to chew at paralyzed limbs like this..


    Edit: Peroxide is not advisable to use on healthy tissue as it will actually damage healthy tissue.

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    There's a sticky in the non-life threatening forum on how to make an e-collar. I don't know how to post links. If you can macgyver up a safe one it may buy you some time until you can get vet help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    Squirrels chew, it is one of those things we watch for. And even if you are super careful, it only takes a few minutes when you are not around and ...... the damage is done. So don't be too hard on yourself. Is you little one paralyzed from the waist down?

    In the short term, you should clean that wound up, dry it and place some antibiotic ointment on it. Wrap it up with some Coban bandage, snug but not too tightly, we don't want to restrict circulation especially if his foot already feels cool to the touch.

    I am going to alert some members here who have dealt with similar situations and they can give share their experience and expertise with you.
    Thanks for the support, greatly appreciated. Yes, shes paralyzed from a tumor/cyst on her back. I had wrapped it, but because of the urination issues, the bandage got quickly soaked.

    I dont see any infection (thank God) but Id like to do something for her pain.

    Ill be keeping a close eye on it from now on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky View Post
    She really needs to be seen a vet.. do you have a vet that will see her? An e-collar or some other way to keep her away from her leg is needed. If you do not have a vet, maybe post your general area (county / city) and perhaps someone can refer you to a vet that will see him. It really looks as if that leg needs to be removed to me.

    Just did a quick read of the other thread on him from January. Is he on any meds at all currently? Sometimes gabapentin can help with the tingling sensation that causes them to chew at paralyzed limbs like this..


    Edit: Peroxide is not advisable to use on healthy tissue as it will actually damage healthy tissue.
    Its illegal to keep wildlife where I am. Theyd just put her down.

    No meds currently (we think shes a her). I have some gaba, but its high dose. Do you know dosage recs?

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    We need the strength of the gaba that you have and weight of your squirrel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Pam View Post
    Its illegal to keep wildlife where I am. Theyd just put her down.

    No meds currently (we think shes a her). I have some gaba, but its high dose. Do you know dosage recs?
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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    Can we help Pam find a squirrel friendly rehabber in her area?

    I understand if we do not know any rehabbers in her area, but my thinking is that maybe we could locate someone who could take the squirrel the vet without fear of euthanizing, etc. I understand this may not be possible. Just asking.

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky View Post
    If you do not have a vet, maybe post your general area (county / city) and perhaps someone can refer you to a vet that will see him. It really looks as if that leg needs to be removed to me.

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    My vet in sc sees squirrels with out you having to be a rehabber. P.m. me if u want the name. She's in sc
    Sincerely mary r

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozzy2019 View Post
    My vet in sc sees squirrels with out you having to be a rehabber. P.m. me if u want the name. She's in sc
    Sincerely mary r
    Im in Colorado.

    If anyone knows a rehabber in the Bolder/N. Denver area who could help on the down-low, that would be awesome, thanks!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TubeDriver View Post
    We need the strength of the gaba that you have and weight of your squirrel.
    Shes 272g & I have 600mg gabapentin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam View Post
    Shes 272g & I have 600mg gabapentin
    PM sent with dosing info... I am sorry it was so long before anyone could get this to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam View Post
    Im in Colorado.

    If anyone knows a rehabber in the Bolder/N. Denver area who could help on the down-low, that would be awesome, thanks!!

    Colorado is one of the states we have few contacts... I will post a new thread with a link to your thread.. with luck it will catch someone's eye that can help or knows a vet that will...

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    Default Re: Disabled squirrel self-amputating leg!!

    Thanks Spanky. I was waiting to get confirmation of dosing before I sent it over. Was considering 10mg/kg PO? Is that how you dose this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spanky View Post
    PM sent with dosing info... I am sorry it was so long before anyone could get this to you.
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