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    Default How to get squirrel to take oral antibiotics?

    I have SMZ- TMP DS for aspiration pneumonia.
    The squirrel is approx. 5 weeks old and weighs 107g.
    I gathered from another thread:
    Cut pill in 1/4, dissolve in 5ml of water
    Feed .01ml per 25g so in this case feed .04ml of solution twice a day.
    If this is correct, how do I get her to take it? The taste must be bad and I don't know how warm I can make the solution without compromising it.
    It obviously can't be forced as that would make aspiration pneumonia worse
    Suggestions? Thank you so much in advance!

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    Default Re: How to get squirrel to take oral antibiotics?

    Don’t dose until you get verification of the right amount. You must list the strength of the SMZ pill you have for it to be properly calculated.

    What makes you think your squirrel has AP? SMZ is not an ideal choice for this because it takes awhile to begin working. Can you locate any Ciproflaxin (human)/ Baytril (animal) or Augmentin (human)/ Clavamox (animal)? Both of these drugs work faster and are effective treatment for AP.

    And yes, you give oral meds by just squirting it in their mouth. Ideally the amount is so small that it’s only a drop or two.

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    Default Re: How to get squirrel to take oral antibiotics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Donít dose until you get verification of the right amount. You must list the strength of the SMZ pill you have for it to be properly calculated.

    What makes you think your squirrel has AP? SMZ is not an ideal choice for this because it takes awhile to begin working. Can you locate any Ciproflaxin (human)/ Baytril (animal) or Augmentin (human)/ Clavamox (animal)? Both of these drugs work faster and are effective treatment for AP.

    And yes, you give oral meds by just squirting it in their mouth. Ideally the amount is so small that itís only a drop or two.

    Thanks for your reply! I had the SMZ-TMP DS on hand, I am worried I won't be able to get the any of the other medications in time.
    It is 800mg SMZ/ 160 TMP for a total of 960mg.
    I saw some formula bubble out the nose and I can hear the clicking when she breathes.

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    Default Re: How to get squirrel to take oral antibiotics?

    Yes, with AP, given its quick, lethal potential it is better to treat sooner rather than later.

    Hopefully, an administrator can PM you the proper dosing soon.

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    Default Re: How to get squirrel to take oral antibiotics?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rocktrail View Post
    Thanks for your reply! I had the SMZ-TMP DS on hand, I am worried I won't be able to get the any of the other medications in time.
    It is 800mg SMZ/ 160 TMP for a total of 960mg.
    I saw some formula bubble out the nose and I can hear the clicking when she breathes.

    I will work this up and send dilution and dosing to your private messages...


    Quote Originally Posted by Rocktrail View Post
    The squirrel is approx. 5 weeks old and weighs 107g.
    I gathered from another thread:
    Cut pill in 1/4, dissolve in 5ml of water
    Feed .01ml per 25g so in this case feed .04ml of solution twice a day.
    This is two of the reasons why tsb does not dose on the open board.
    Unless a pill is purposely scored to be cut / seperated one can not be
    assured the components are being evenly distributed.
    Proper dosing amounts per weight can be just as important.

    Dosing has been sent to PM
    Last edited by stepnstone; 05-26-2021 at 02:39 PM.
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