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    Default Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    Hello,
    A friend found a baby ground squirrel in northern idaho that she gave me to care for it's mother was killed as well as it's sibling by some people and he was left for dead until she discover him. I'm scared he has aspirated his formula he has a clicking noises when breathing. He eats great and sleeps most of the day in my bra lol When I set him down he does act very alert running around to find me ect I've had him since Saturday. I need to know how many breaths per minute a baby squirrel should be taking to watch his breathing and also where I can get Cipro and the dosage for him. He did have fly eggs on him I picked off and did have fleas that seemed to have vacated maybe? As they are all gone off him now. I believe he is about 5 weeks fully furred and has two front teeth. He eats kitten formula great not doing th solids yet and has been going to the bathroom mostly on his own. I just know for a fact he is clicking with every breath and want to treat him like now before it's to late
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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    he seriously needs antibiotics for at least 5-7 days, as that sounds everything like classic aspiration pneumonia. Do you have Clavamox, amoxicillin, Baytril or Cipro in the house? We can help you dose it...
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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    Good morning,
    Thanks for responding, yes hes not doing so well today definitely less active, I am going to get some amoxicillin pills right now from a friend. He weighs 37.5 grams what is the proper dose for him? I don't have the pills in hand but I will in about 20 minutes and can let you know exactly what they are, I really appreciate your help

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    Recheck your weight. Be sure the scale isnít set on ounces instead of grams.

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    okay as soon as I get back to my house I will reweigh him I had to run to a friend's house to grab the amoxicillin she ended up giving me the capsules 500mg amoxicillin. I should be home within 45 minutes and I'll respond with his weight all reweigh him again 😊 thanks so much for the help I'm so worried about this little guy and just want to make him a healthy little squirrel

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    I just stopped into the pet store they weighed him and he weighs 37 grams so both times he's been weighed it's been about 37 grams. what would be the possible dosage for a baby ground squirrel that weighs 37 grams with a 500 mg amoxicillin capsule?

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    Can anyone please help he's going to die, I just need proper dosing for him.

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    Iím reading your thread now. I can give dosing but need to read first.

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    OK, let me calculate this.

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    Default Re: Found orphan baby squirrel with popping noises when breathig

    Dosing sent in a Private Message.

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