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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    Continue the pred as long as you’re seeing improvement. Only then will you begin the taper off process.

    I had a released girl that injured herself in a fall and developed a head tilt. I had her on prednisolone for many weeks while she continued to improve before tapering off. It worked like a champ.

    Glad to hear little Huck is improving.
    Very helpful, Mel, thanks as always!

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    Here is Huck using both front paws to hold a stick to chew
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    Update -

    Huck continues to improve, now 9th day of prednisone.

    There is no longer any evident difference between the rear legs. Huck climbs around his cage walls using both rear legs easily. He will climb horizontally in either direction, meaning either back leg is used on high side taking most of his weight. We put a rolled up sock in there that Huck wrestles. He will roll around on his back and claw at the sock with either back leg. He also jumps around quite well, pushing off both back legs.

    When he was first climbing, he did not use the right front paw much, never hanging on it. He has been climbing inside his cage for three days now, and keeps improving. Up until today, if moving horizontally on wall, he only went left to right, meaning left front paw was on high side taking the weight. Today, Huck went the other direction, so hanging from fight front paw.

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    That’s great! Continue with the pred for awhile longer before tapering off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    That’s great! Continue with the pred for awhile longer before tapering off.
    The only difference I can still see is this: Huckleberry will either hang or lean against the door of the wire cage wanting to come out. If he is only grabbing with one front paw,it is almost always the left.

    This is subtle, and I likely would not notice if not looking. He moves and climbs quite well, both within the cage and on me.

    Does this sound like time to tape off? This is day 13 at 0.1 ml 2x day.

    What is the procedure for tapering off?

    Thanks!

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    Update:

    Huck has made a full recovery (with thanks to stepnstone, redwuff, and mel1959) he is now tapering off prednisone.

    Just moved him into his cage for overwintering a few minutes ago -
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    Look at him showing off! That is just wonderful!

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    That's really awesome!
    You go Huck!!
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    Besides the two hammocks and wire shelves, I will be adding some fresh branches about 2" to 3" in diameter for climbing, chewing, and perching. Plus some dried leaves for the floor. There is a large ceramic container in the bottom with about 8" of mulch where Huck will pee and poop, I'll give him fresh twigs from my yard all winter so he gets some wild food, and these end up adding to the "forest floor" at the bottom of the cage.

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    This is a stunning story. Thank you for everything you did for this boy.
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    Here is Huck on his favorite perch.

    His cage is by a window where I have a lot of plants. (Far enough away that he cannot reach the plants though.)

    Huck likes this perch as he can see what is going on outside.

    My office / squirrel room is at the end of the house and has a picture window at one end and a glass door at the other end, with the window on the wall in between. It works out well for squirrels as they get to see lots of the outdoors as well as lots of other squirrels. My previous releases come to the front window and back door all day long, as well as inside at times. So Huck gets used to them and vice-versa,
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    Just read this thread. Hooray for Huck, and hooray for you!
    "I hope everyone got or gets their Baby Love today"~Shewhosweptforest

    https://www.henryspets.com/1-baby-squirrel-care-guide/

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    You did a great job with Huck! Because of you he will have a life in the trees. The lessons to be learned here are: “never underestimate a squirrels ability to heal” and “prednisone and Gabapentin can work miracles when given consistently”.

    It makes me sad to think of all the injured littles that aren’t ever given the chance to recover from traumatic injury. I’m glad Huck found you and you were willing to put in the time and energy to get him back on his feet. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    You did a great job with Huck! Because of you he will have a life in the trees. The lessons to be learned here are: “never underestimate a squirrels ability to heal” and “prednisone and Gabapentin can work miracles when given consistently”.

    It makes me sad to think of all the injured littles that aren’t ever given the chance to recover from traumatic injury. I’m glad Huck found you and you were willing to put in the time and energy to get him back on his feet. Thank you.
    Agreed on both points!

    Also crucial:

    Having an expert knowledge resource like TSB

    Having a vet or other source of prednisone, clavamox, etc.

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