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    my lil dude was eating to quickly and now he's sneezing. Ive cleaned his little nose and mouth off but still the sneezing. he's about 7 weeks. is he old enough now we are out of the woods with aspiration pneumonia? little dude is grown into my heart and id hate to for anything to happen to him

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillian15279 View Post
    my lil dude was eating to quickly and now he's sneezing. Ive cleaned his little nose and mouth off but still the sneezing. he's about 7 weeks. is he old enough now we are out of the woods with aspiration pneumonia? little dude is grown into my heart and id hate to for anything to happen to him
    No, you are not out of the woods for aspiration pneumonia. It does not matter the age, formula in the lungs can cause AP. I know as they age they get rather frantic and greedy about the formula. They all will suck too fast but you need to prevent that. What size syringe are you using? I never use larger than a 3cc syringe. If the syringe flows too smoothly they will suck it like a vacuum cleaner but you must stop that. If you put your finger on the side of the plunger it creates friction and drag. This is just enough to slow them down.

    Iíve had many that have formula pumping out the nose but thatís a big no no. Slow emí down mom.

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    We use the 3ml syringes. He’s a little maniac sometimes. I’ll do better with slowing him down. Also. I’ve read about some putting yogurt out in a dish for them. What age is that ok? I feel like he will just shove his whole little face in it.
    Also also. I will need to look out for the clicking for the pneumonia. What other signs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillian15279 View Post
    We use the 3ml syringes. Heís a little maniac sometimes. Iíll do better with slowing him down. Also. Iíve read about some putting yogurt out in a dish for them. What age is that ok? I feel like he will just shove his whole little face in it.
    Also also. I will need to look out for the clicking for the pneumonia. What other signs?
    Yes, they are total maniacs at that age. Cute little maniacs!

    Also yes to the yogurt. You might want to put it in the formula. You can give it in a bowl but Iíll warn you it IS messy. If he really likes it he will be swimming in it. It wonít be just his face.

    The symptoms of AP are clicking, lethargy and loss of appetite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HRT4SQRLS View Post
    Yes, they are total maniacs at that age. Cute little maniacs!

    Also yes to the yogurt. You might want to put it in the formula. You can give it in a bowl but Iíll warn you it IS messy. If he really likes it he will be swimming in it. It wonít be just his face.

    The symptoms of AP are clicking, lethargy and loss of appetite.
    Last question. When would he start showing symptoms if this happened at lunch

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillian15279 View Post
    Last question. When would he start showing symptoms if this happened at lunch
    Itís hard to say. Listen carefully to his chest before you go to bed tonight.

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    The most important thing you can do now, is to have the proper antibiotic before
    AP occurs. AP is very deadly but with the proper antibiotic, it is very treatable.

    The best antibiotic is Baytril/ Cipro (animal/ human)
    Next best Clavamox/ Augmentin “. “

    you only need 1 pill or a small amount of suspension to treat.


    what are you feeding your baby? Could you post a picture so we could see how cute this little is.? Is your baby a fox squirrel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by redwuff View Post
    The most important thing you can do now, is to have the proper antibiotic before
    AP occurs. AP is very deadly but with the proper antibiotic, it is very treatable.

    The best antibiotic is Baytril/ Cipro (animal/ human)
    Next best Clavamox/ Augmentin ď. ď

    you only need 1 pill or a small amount of suspension to treat.


    what are you feeding your baby? Could you post a picture so we could see how cute this little is.? Is your baby a fox squirrel?
    Do I need to call my vet to get that script? Like will he just give me a dose for him?
    He is my first baby. I found him about a month ago under a tree and thought he was gone until I went to bury him and he wiggled
    Iím feeding him the Fox valley 20/50. Heís not fond of the blocks at all. But Iíve been naughty and let him have some apple slices. I wanna try yogurt as well. Heís a red squirrel I believe.
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    Most vets do not give meds w/out a reason and most will not see wildlife. Also most states do not allow non licensed rehabilitators to handle or save the lives of orphan or injured animals. You can trap or shoot them with out any problems. So keep your beautiful foxer a secret. Don’t allow other people to handle her. She is beautiful!

    As far as meds go, ask friends and family for those meds . You just need one pill.

    So glad to see you got your girl on FV 20/50. She should do great. Seems like you did your research.



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    Cipro is a pill for humans, usually available in either 250mg or 500mg pills. Augmentin is also, available as and now usually prescribed as a generic under the name Amoxicillin/clavulanate or some variation of that - like "Amoxi-clav".

    If you can get either one of those, and cipro is the most effective, you would only need one pill. If you can provide us with the size of the pill in milligrams and the weight of your squirrel, we can give you instructions to properly dilute and dose the mixture you make. You will need a 1cc syringe with clear markings to do this - the 3cc you are using to feed is too large.

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    Ok. I have amoxicillin at home. So if I canít find cipro I can use that? So far heís ok. Super active this morning and ate a good breakfast. I have 1ml at home since we were using them before I bought the 3mls. Side question. Do they become more independent? He was such a cuddler and would climb on and around me. Yesterday he kept jumping back to his cage Maybe heís mad because I have to work this weekend. Lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jillian15279 View Post
    Ok. I have amoxicillin at home. So if I canít find cipro I can use that? So far heís ok. Super active this morning and ate a good breakfast. I have 1ml at home since we were using them before I bought the 3mls. Side question. Do they become more independent? He was such a cuddler and would climb on and around me. Yesterday he kept jumping back to his cage Maybe heís mad because I have to work this weekend. Lol.
    No. Amoxicillin is not the same as Amoxicillin clavulanate. The second is a combination drug and it is the second part that gives it the ability to deal with the pneumonia.

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