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    I have been raising a baby squirrel for three months. He has been doing amazing, he loves me. The other day he started dragging his back feet and tail. He has never been outside for fear of a hawk getting him. I don't know what could be wrong please help. I haven't taken him to the vet because I don't think I am supposed to have him but his mother abandoned him and he was going to die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChiChimom View Post
    I have been raising a baby squirrel for three months. He has been doing amazing, he loves me. The other day he started dragging his back feet and tail. He has never been outside for fear of a hawk getting him. I don't know what could be wrong please help. I haven't taken him to the vet because I don't think I am supposed to have him but his mother abandoned him and he was going to die.
    I suspect he has MBD.
    What was or is it's formula your feeding, what all do you feed him?
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    Here are some links that will provide you more information about MBD. We are here to help.

    https://henryspets.com/what-is-metabolic-bone-disease/

    https://henryspets.com/emergency-treatment-for-mbd/

    Can you post a link of a video of the squirrel showing how it moves?

    The diet for a captive squirrel needs to be very different from a wild squirrel in order for the squirrel to be healthy.

    https://henryspets.com/healthy-diet-for-pet-squirrels/

    Calcium treatment can help to reverse your squirrel's problem if the issue is caused by MBD.

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    Unfortunately I had no idea what I was supposed to feed him. I just thought about what he might eat in the wild. I have been giving him pecans and peanuts. He also has been eating french fries and chips. Please don't crucify me I didn't know. I ordered some blocks after reading all the posts they will be here Friday. He does also eat carrots and cucumbers.

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    Nuts rob the body of calcium. With mbd by the time noticed paralysis usually appear first, then often seizures.
    It can be turned around with prompt treatment.

    You need to start the mbd protocol asap!
    https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...dated-3-31-09)

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    My mom takes calcium so I got some of her pills. I crushed one up and mixed it with water and a little of the formula I fed him. He tore it up. I will continue to give him more in the morning.

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