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    Default Felix aspirated milk today :(

    Felix is 6 weeks old today!

    He looks great - weighs 152 grams, is eating fairly well (some feedings 8 or 9 ml. and some 3 ml.) Today he was in a big hurry eating and became messy - I think since his teeth are in he is having trouble latching Ono to the syringe and/or just in a hurry.

    Now I KNOW that he aspirated milk at his last feeding - he stopped sneezed a couple times and I saw a little milk around his nose. I immediately turned him upside down and patted his back consistently checking now and then for more milk. I saw it a couple more times but never a lot of milk. Still - this to me is aspirating - correct?

    I have a stethoscope and am checking him on the hour for any sounds like clicking. I have not heard anything yet.

    Is there anything else I can do?? when will I know that he is out of the woods - I am also looking for the other signs - lethargy, loss of appetite.

    Thank you in advance for any advice!

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    Default Re: Felix my new pal

    Just keep watching for the signs of AP. Just because he blows milk out of his nose does not mean he aspirated into his lungs. Just watch. Are you still feeding with 1 cc syringe?
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    Default Re: Felix my new pal

    Quote Originally Posted by redwuff View Post
    Just keep watching for the signs of AP. Just because he blows milk out of his nose does not mean he aspirated into his lungs. Just watch. Are you still feeding with 1 cc syringe?
    so far it's going well - Felix is rambunctious and eating like he's starved every feeding - I have spaced his feedings out to every 5 hours and that must be the reason. He also shows no signs of AP - thankfully - I have a stethoscope and listen often. So far so good. He loves his out of crate time also and runs around a little - mostly though - he wants to climb my leg and sit in my lap.

    The Tekland block came today so I gave him one in his crate - he immediately started nibbling on it. His teeth are in - he play bites me and that is how I know.

    He eats from a 3cc sometime and I also use the 1cc still -no problems with either one except he is a little messy now - used to be slow and neat.

    Thank you for your help!

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    Default Re: Felix my new pal

    It sounds like Felix is doing well. That makes me happy. How is he walking? Is he using the back legs better? I would love to hear that he is doing less of the shuffle walk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HRT4SQRLS View Post
    It sounds like Felix is doing well. That makes me happy. How is he walking? Is he using the back legs better? I would love to hear that he is doing less of the shuffle walk.
    Felix is hanging by his toes from the little branch I suspended in the top of his crate!He also is very active after his meal time in his crate as well as when he has running around time - loves to climb my legs and sit in my lap and play with my fingers as I rub him. He's seemingly very happy.

    The Tekland block is his favorite thing to gnaw on - those teeth! Sometimes I think he's older than I thought - but I still judge his age by the fact that his eyes were closed to almost two days after we got him - then they opened overnight and in front of me!!

    He is completely different now about eating - cannot get it fast enough and stands on his back legs to eat. I still support his upper body by holding it as he eats. He's messy now and loves his bath afterward. I am a little concerned because I don't see him pooping a lot - his tummy is soft and doesn't seem at all constipated?

    Thanks for the request for an update - he is getting older and smarter all the time!


    The outdoor cage is ready - only it will be an indoor/garage by a window cage for the winter. He will not be released until spring. My studio (I am a painter) is above the garage so I will see him all the time.

    Im confused about weaning - when to start and what foods - starting to read about all that since next week he will be 7 weeks!

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    Default Re: Felix my new pal

    We let them decide when they want to wean from formula. As he begins to eat more block and veggies he will naturally cut down on his formula consumption. Itís best to let him decide.

    At 7 weeks he should be eating some block, which you said is Harlan Block. You can begin to add some veggies to his cage. Iíd begin with kale and broccoli. Hereís the healthy diet link: https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-Pet-Squirrels

    Does he walk better than he did?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mel1959 View Post
    We let them decide when they want to wean from formula. As he begins to eat more block and veggies he will naturally cut down on his formula consumption. Itís best to let him decide.

    At 7 weeks he should be eating some block, which you said is Harlan Block. You can begin to add some veggies to his cage. Iíd begin with kale and broccoli. Hereís the healthy diet link: https://thesquirrelboard.com/forums/...-Pet-Squirrels

    Does he walk better than he did?
    Your question about his walking - I observe him and see him stand up to walk but a lot of times he is staying low - maybe because he can't go very far. In the jacuzzi (which is our indoor one we don't really use anymore) I have some towels for traction for him. He hops around in there but still is careful and stays sort of low.

    He climbs up my legs while I am sitting on the edge of the jacuzzi and has no problem. He also sits up to eat. I will watch him more carefully when he is covering some ground walking in the jacuzzi next time. I think I will put him on the floor of the bathroom next and see if he is comfortable enough to run around without hiding.

    Also - thank you for the diet link - I do already have that saved and will start next week - he is going to love it!! Eating veggies - I can already tell!
    My grandson is in another town and so far I have taken Felix with me the last two times I have visited - he needs to get weaned so I can leave him at home in his new cage and my husband can stay behind to feed him. Right now - I am the only one feeding him until he is weaned.

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    Default Re: Felix my new pal

    I just wanted to update and share a couple of photos of Felix!
    He has grown so much and continues to thrive, weighing 236 grams now and beginning to self wean.
    Felix enjoys his Mazuri block and is also learning to like kale and broccoli. Iím still trying to feed him his formula every 5 or 6 hours but he sometimes skips a whole feeding.

    He loves his water bottle and also loves chewing on wood

    I have introduced him to his release cage for exercise and play time. He seems to really love it but comes to me when I tell him itís time to go back inside.

    When he has free out of cage time he just wants to crawl all over me and sit on my shoulder and play with my hair. Sometimes nibbling on my ear!

    Needless to say. Felix is so lovable and here are a few pics of him now.
    Our journey continues happily!

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    I hope I posted the photo this time!
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