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    I found a baby squirrel with a damaged leg ans some infection spots. It has been fine for 4 days now but it's labored breathing and not moving hardly was crying for me but now he's not. I don't know what to do I'm cupping him under my shirt quietly sitting hoping to get some help here

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    Is he clicking his breath? If so he should have heavy antibiotics ASAP. And, he could have been cat-caught. Also reason for abx ASAP. Do you have any in your medicine cabinet? What are you feeding him?
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    We have several experienced members/rehabbers in Fl, hopefully they can help you. In the meantime, can you post up a photo of your baby and the injury, that will help us to help you.

    Do you have any antibiotics available?


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    I found a baby squirrel with a damaged leg ans some infection spots. It has been fine for 4 days now but it's labored breathing and not moving hardly was crying for me but now he's not. I don't know what to do I'm cupping him under my shirt quietly sitting hoping to get some help here
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    I have no idea I think not I can't hear it when I put him up to my ear. He's hurt bad tho I don't know how to send pictures or a video

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Hodgins View Post
    I found a baby squirrel with a damaged leg ans some infection spots. It has been fine for 4 days now but it's labored breathing and not moving hardly was crying for me but now he's not. I don't know what to do I'm cupping him under my shirt quietly sitting hoping to get some help here
    The labored breathing suggests that he may have aspiration pneumonia. What means have you been using to feed the squirrel? What has the squirrel been fed?

    Keeping the squirrel upright and under your shirt is good. This should keep him warm and if their is fluid in the lungs being in an upright posture will allow oxygen to be exchanged from the top portion of the lungs. Young squirrel require supplemental heat. Keeping him between the layers of your clothing mimics the constant snuggling that squirrels undertake with Mom and siblings. Feeling your heartbeat will boost his spirits.

    If he does have aspiration pneumonia, he will definitely benefit from antibiotics.

    Baytril (animal)/Cipro (human), Clavamox (animal)/Augmentin (human) are drugs that are used frequently for upper respiratory infections.

    Baytril: Enrofloxacin, A member of the fluoroquinolone class. Made by Bayer
    Cipro (Ciloxan, Neofloxin) Ciprofloxacin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic of the fluoroquinolone class. Available as a generic.
    Clavamox: amoxicillin and clavulanate potassium
    Augmentin: AMOXICILLIN/CLAVULANIC ACID

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    You can call friends and family to see if they any leftover antibiotics. You will only need one or two pills.

    Aspiration Pneumonia can progress very quickly. Do not leave the squirrel unattended. Keep the squirrel under your shirt, they will cling to your inner layer of clothing.

    The sooner the squirrel gets the antibiotic the better. With this condition in its severe form you don't have days, you have hours to act.

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    With AP being as nasty as it is, don't worry if you aren't 100% certain of the diagnosis. Treat the squirrel as if it does have it.

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    Yes I am trying to figure it out for the first time with an emergency is crazy I donít have any I am in Orlando Florida can you recommend any one to help me locally I need it really bad

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    How long has the squirrel been struggling to breathe?

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    He was the runt of three when I found the four days ago he had a damaged arm and some small spots not his arm is about to explode and he's very week he has been weak but it's horrible now.

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    This afternoon around 4 I found him week now he's went down hill I have had to really baby him.

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    https://www.facebook.com/groups/121844804652779/

    This is supposed to be a Facebook group for rehabbers in the Orlando area.

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    I don't have Facebook can I use it anyway

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    Has any one looked at the photos

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    Try to PM Mel1959 I believe she is located in central Florida and may know some members that are close to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Hodgins View Post
    I don't have Facebook can I use it anyway
    Don't know. You may have to submit a friend request to the group.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam Hodgins View Post
    Has any one looked at the photos
    I don't know if your membership permits you to post photos to the forum yet. That might require an admin approval.

    Since the photo resides on your Google Drive people will only be able to access it if you they make a request for access and you in turn grant that request for access.

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    I canít Facebook said my account was under review cause I have a text free number I am poor here trying to do the best I can here. I donít hear any clicking he breaks slowly his hear is 100 miles an hour

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