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    Default new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    Hi, I'm not new to rescuing squirrels but I am a bit rusty. I was given a orphaned baby squirrel and it's eyes were still tightly closed. furry, tail still slim. It was a little underweight and possibly dehydrated. I started him on pedialyte ever couple hours for the first day. he peed after the 3 time but has not pooped. this is day 3 and he is not puppy milk until my Fox Valley comes. He's eating pretty well but still has not produced actual poop. I noticed today that he was messy will was appeared to be diarrhea. I cleaned him up and am keeping him hydrated with pedialyte in his milk. His eyes also opened yesterday. i think it's way too early for that. Is that a result of trauma? my past babies never had that issue. I think i just need reassurance that I'm doing everything I can at this point.
    I'll be weighing him this evening to see if he's gaining. But right now he's just under 50 grams.
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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    What puppy milk - what brand exactly and is it powder or liquid?

    Please do NOT mix pedialyte with the formula. If you feel he needs additional hydration, use the pedialyte in between the feedings, and not longer than 24 hours. If still dehydrated, use plain water or water with a pinch of sugar or honey.

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    Quote Originally Posted by margaret! View Post
    Hi, I'm not new to rescuing squirrels but I am a bit rusty. I was given a orphaned baby squirrel and it's eyes were still tightly closed. furry, tail still slim. It was a little underweight and possibly dehydrated. I started him on pedialyte ever couple hours for the first day. he peed after the 3 time but has not pooped. this is day 3 and he is not puppy milk until my Fox Valley comes. He's eating pretty well but still has not produced actual poop. I noticed today that he was messy will was appeared to be diarrhea. I cleaned him up and am keeping him hydrated with pedialyte in his milk. His eyes also opened yesterday. i think it's way too early for that. Is that a result of trauma? my past babies never had that issue. I think i just need reassurance that I'm doing everything I can at this point.
    I'll be weighing him this evening to see if he's gaining. But right now he's just under 50 grams.
    thank you!!!
    So first off if I read this right you are mixing pedialyte with the formula. That is not good. Mix formula with only water 2:1 ratio. What puppy formula do you have him on? How much are you feeding him? 5-7% of body weight is recommended. Also do not rehydrate with pedialyte for more than 24 hours. You use hydration fluid if it is needed after that.
    1 tsp of salt
    1 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
    8 oz of water (1 cup)

    If it was me I would stop the hydration. Feed formula as long as it is esbilac or FV. Esbilac used of only dated 2021-2022 expiration dates and make sure it is the regular powdered puppy formula. To much hydration could cause the poops. To much food can cause the poops. Best method is slow and easy. I ha e two right now that are the same way just older. I hope I answered you questions.

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    ok ok. This is good info. It is Esbilac liquid puppy milk. I will stop rehydration fluids and just use the the formula. I only mixed it on day 2. Today has just been formula only. I will go slow and steady. He is always hungry. tries to nurse on everything. I wish that I had the fox valley on hand. I just tossed it last spring. ugh!.
    Anything i should worry about with early eyes open?

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    The liquid esbilac is also a problem - causes diarrhea. Not wild about the esbilac but you need to use the powdered stuff. They are unfortunately NOT the same thing.

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    ugh! thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by margaret! View Post
    He is always hungry. tries to nurse on everything.
    Hopefully you are using a one cc syringe, this will help minimize the risk of aspiration, especially with a very hungry squirrel.

    How much are feeding him at each session and how often do you feed him everyday?

    5% of body weight would amount to 2.5 ml of formula at each session for a 50 g squirrel.

    At three to four weeks the squirrel should be fed every 3 to 4 hours.

    Can you post a photo to assist with an overall health assessment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by margaret! View Post
    Anything i should worry about with early eyes open?

    Though I wouldn't call it common exactly, I've had eyes open as early as 3.5 weeks. Nothing to worry about - some are just early bloomers!

    Also - and this is just my two cents - I don't recommend hydrating with any salted fluids for more than 24 hours. The salt/sugar/water mixture is considered a homemade Pedialyte and, thus, should be discontinued after the aforementioned timeframe. At the 24 hour mark, I switch my little ones to regular tap water (a drop or two of molasses, honey, or Karo syrup for flavor can help entice them into taking it). A bit of apple juice works well, too, if you're in a pinch. Definitely keep an eye on the hydration levels until the stool has firmed up.

    As others have said, it is never recommended to mix hydration fluids with formula. I like to sandwich hydration sessions at the halfway point between feedings. For example, if your baby is eating every three hours, I would hydrate 1.5 hours after feeding.

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    Thank you! He is taking about 3cc per feeding. Eating every 4 hours. With the last one being 11pm then the next 6:30am. He is sooooo hungry between feedings. Tries to nurse on everything. He appears to be peeing on his own too. Although Iím still assisting after every feeding. Iíll be weighing his this evening. I havenít used any rehydration fluids since day one with the exception of one time yesterday morning. I quickly discontinued one I was told not to any more. Here is a pic

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    Quote Originally Posted by margaret! View Post
    Thank you! He is taking about 3cc per feeding. Eating every 4 hours. With the last one being 11pm then the next 6:30am. He is sooooo hungry between feedings. Tries to nurse on everything. He appears to be peeing on his own too. Although Iím still assisting after every feeding. Iíll be weighing his this evening. I havenít used any rehydration fluids since day one with the exception of one time yesterday morning. I quickly discontinued one I was told not to any more. Here is a pic

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    Gosh what a cute little nuggetÖdoes he have too and bottom teeth? His tail looks like 5 weeks to me, just canít really remember. At 6-7 weeks they do the S thing with the tail. Tail gets bushier from there. Hair on the belly or no?

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    Such a precious boy! 😍

    He looks like 4 weeks to me, however, knowing more about what his teeth look like would be helpful. He is quite small, though. Then again, I also just really like a chonky baby... 😅

    If it were me, I'd get my hands on some FV Ultraboost to help him along. Adding some heavy cream to his formula will help until the ultraboost comes in if you're wanting to fatten him up some.

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    Default Re: new rescue baby squirrel. maybe 3/4 weeks old. diarrhea. eyes opened early.

    Quote Originally Posted by margaret! View Post
    Thank you! He is taking about 3cc per feeding. Eating every 4 hours. With the last one being 11pm then the next 6:30am. He is sooooo hungry between feedings. Tries to nurse on everything.
    Since he is so hungry and on the small side you might try feeding him every 3 hours to get him caught up, rather than every 4 hours.

    Here is a video about how to test for dehydration. If the squirrel is dehydrated they won't be able to fully process the formula being given.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjPM...relsandmorellc

    Is the squirrel still experiencing diarrhea?

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