How to Care For Sickly Baby Flying Squirrel in Florida
In Florida, orphaned and illly flying squirrels need immediate help. They should be placed in a perforated-lid box and bedding made of non-terry cloth cotton. You can place heating pads on low under half of the box, or you can use temporary hot water bottles. If you notice a squirrel is dehydrated, you can administer an electrolyte replacer such as Pedialyte (c). Professional help is recommended if you notice signs of injury or the need for a more extensive medical treatment.
Treatment of a sickly baby flying squirrel
If you notice that your flying squirrel has a cold, it may be a sign of a more serious problem. This type of illness can cause a squirrel to die if not treated quickly. You should never feed a squirrel when it is cold, as this can cause entanglement and death. It is best to protect your baby from these situations by keeping it in a box with a perforated lid. Use bedding made of cotton, but avoid terry cloth or fleece. These types of fabrics can easily become thread-like. Another method of treatment involves placing the squirrel’s bedding on top of a heating pad on low, with half on and half off. This can be done for up to 45 minutes at a time.
If you’re unsure about the best method for treating a squirrel, consult a veterinarian first. You can also ask for advice on The Squirl Board. If your flying squirrel has a severe condition, don’t try to treat it yourself; seek medical advice from a licensed veterinarian or licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Always follow state and local laws when caring for an exotic pet.
Diet of a flying squirrel
If you find a sickly baby flying squirrel in Florida, you can help it recover quickly by following a few basic steps. First, make sure to feed it an all-natural yogurt with bacterial culture. You can find such yogurt in a health food store or grocery store. Some brands are Dannon, Brown Cow, and Stonyfield Farms. The amount of yogurt should be proportional to the baby’s age. For instance, a one-week-old baby might take one c.c. per feeding. If the squirrel is over one week old, you can feed him or her two or three c.c. per feeding.
The diet of a sickly baby flying squirrel in Florida can be complicated by a number of different factors. A baby flying squirrel’s intestines are prone to infections and disease. Because they live in an outdoor environment with lots of insects and other pests, they are exposed to a number of harmful contaminants in their diet. Raw meat, cat feces, and other toxins in the environment can pose serious health risks to a flying squirrel.
A southern flying squirrel is susceptible to calcium deficiency, so it’s important to supplement with calcium and vitamin D3. These vitamins are important for a healthy body. Similarly, you should limit the amount of phosphorous in the diet, which binds calcium in the body. A calcium block and mineral block can be provided, which doubles as a tooth file. Southern flying squirrels grow their teeth continuously.
Grooming a flying squirrel
A very sickly baby flying squirrel can be difficult to handle. The animal may urinate, and may not enjoy petting or belly rubs. But if you are determined to get your sickly baby flying squirrel back into a healthy state, grooming is an excellent way to start. The first step to grooming is to play with the animal, and supervise it closely. Never try to scold or punish the squirrel for biting, as it may feel threatened or hurt. Never attempt to force the animal to groom itself. Rather, use a spot-cleaning solution like baby wipes or baby powder. Keeping your squirrel clean is an important part of caring for your pet, but remember to only feed the animal treats after the grooming session.
If you are interested in adopting a baby flying squirrel, make sure you obtain it at an appropriate age. After the baby is eight weeks old, hold it in your shirt pocket or a bonding pouch to become familiar with your scent and voice. Spend your evenings feeding and playing with the animal. Once the baby feels comfortable, he or she will feel safe and secure. A few minutes of cuddling and playing every day will go a long way.
Jessica Watson is a PHD holder from the University of Washington. She studied behavior and interaction between squirrels and has presented her research in several wildlife conferences including TWS Annual Conference in Winnipeg.