How to Make Homemade Baby Squirrel Formula
A baby squirrel needs special care to ensure that their food is healthy. Esbilac is the most effective formula for a baby squirrel. You should also avoid using scalded milk for your baby squirrel. Store squirrel milk in a cool place and use it within a few days. Avoid aspiration. Then, you can start preparing squirrel food for your little one. You can find a recipe for homemade baby squirrel formula on the internet.
Esbilac is the best formula for a baby squirrel
You can make your own squirrel formula at home with ingredients like egg yolk and goats milk. You can prepare it ahead of time and freeze it or refrigerate it. It is the perfect combination of nutrition and ease of digestion for pre-weaned squirrel pups. Squirrels nurse for up to two weeks after birth. During this time, they triple in size, and even develop hair on their naked bodies.
Do not use scalded milk
While scalded milk is often recommended for orphaned squirrels, it can actually be harmful. Not only can it make your squirrel’s stomach upset, but it’s also filled with sugars. This is why you shouldn’t use it when making homemade baby squirrel formula. Instead, use plain milk instead. And when in doubt, consult your veterinarian first. You can also try nut balls, which are popular among squirrels. They’re full of calcium, fat, and vitamins. However, if you are not sure whether a particular food is good for your baby squirrel, try giving him a portion of it.
Keep food warm
If you are planning to provide your baby squirrel with homemade formula, here is what you need to do. First, make sure that you are using the proper containers. Keep the squirrel in a box or plastic container. Place a clean cloth on the bottom, such as a baby receiving blanket or cloth diaper. Avoid using towels, as they could scratch the baby squirrel’s skin and rip off their toenails.
When making homemade baby squirrel formula, it is very important not to overfeed your little critter. The best way to ensure that your baby squirrel does not aspirate is to avoid overfeeding. A good rule of thumb is to feed your squirrel about 5% of its body weight in ml or cc per feeding. When preparing the formula, it should be warm but not too hot. Feed the baby squirrel at regular intervals to prevent aspiration.
Measure amount of food
A small syringe with a smaller hole will work best. This will help the baby squirrel take the liquid at a slow pace. It can’t nurse from a pet nursing bottle because its nipples are short. Instead, use a small feeding syringe to gently dispense a small amount of formula. The hole in the syringe should be slightly larger than the food formula hole.
Rehydrate a newborn squirrel after each feeding
The first step in rehydrating a newborn squirrel is to get it warmed up. Place the squirrel in a pocket-made nest, and slowly warm it up, while monitoring for overheating. A normal squirrel’s body temperature is 99.6 degrees, which is slightly higher than yours. Once warmed up, rehydrate the newborn squirrel by giving it warm water.
Store unused formula in refrigerator
The first step to properly storing unused baby squirrel formula is to prepare it. You can purchase a syringe at any pharmacy and fill it with formula. Just make sure to fill the syringe with formula so that it has no air pockets. Do not use a large syringe, as this may aspirate the animal. Instead, use a smaller syringe that will let liquid flow slowly without spilling.
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.