How to Revive a Squirrel
There are many pre-requisites for CPR before you attempt to resuscitate a squirrel. These include knowing the warning signs of a dying squirrel, the symptoms of dehydration, and the prerequisites for performing CPR. You can learn how to revive a squirrel by reading our article on Dehydration in Squirrels. This article also includes information on getting a baby squirrel back from its mother.
Symptoms of a dying squirrel
Symptoms of a dying squirrel can be frightening for both you and the animal, but they can also indicate a variety of different conditions. Despite being rodents, squirrels are very sensitive to their surroundings, so they may not always show the same symptoms of illness as other animals. Some common causes of death in squirrels include poison, electric shock, and pet predation. Squirrels also often succumb to shock from a fall, and these symptoms can be accompanied by other injuries.
If you suspect your squirrel of suffering from dehydration, you should do a pinch test. Pinch the back of the squirrel’s neck to check if it’s dehydrated. If it does not, administer a rehydrating solution to it. If it does not drink, try giving it half a teaspoon of glucose or Lectade powder from the vet. If the squirrel is not drinking, the animal will need to be transported to a veterinarian.
Prerequisites of CPR
You may have seen a video of Chris Felix performing CPR on a squirrel, but do you know what the necessary pre-requisites are? If so, you can follow along with his video below. If you want more information, you can also read his blog post. CPR is a lifesaving technique that is effective for a wide variety of animals. While human CPR involves a chest compression, a squirrel’s chest is different. In fact, CPR for a squirrel is more common in pet dogs and cats, as opposed to a dog.
Symptoms of dehydration in a squirrel
If you suspect your squirrel is suffering from dehydration, the first step is to heat the animal near its body. Use a low-heat heating pad or a medical hot pack. Be sure to cover the squirrel with a towel to prevent the heat from burning it. Then, place a container half on the heating pad and half off. Be sure to monitor the temperature of the animal closely, as overheating can result in life-threatening diarrhea. Afterward, administer a plain hydration formula.
If the dehydrated squirrel has a low urine output, you may suspect it of being thirsty. The skin will appear dull and dry and it is unlikely that it is drinking enough. Squirrels usually self-nurse when they’re thirsty, but sometimes it’s possible to notice a scab covering its privates. Rub the area and keep an eye on the animal. If the squirrel is unable to pee, you should take it to the veterinarian.
Getting a baby squirrel back from its mother
How to revive a baby squirrel from its mom? First of all, assess the situation in a quiet room. Try to imitate the mother’s licking the baby, while gently pressing the squirrel’s paws. Then, place it in a warm ziplock bag or box. You can bring it to a wildlife rehabilitation center. You can also warm the sock in a microwave, then put it on the baby.
If you find a baby squirrel that is alone, it is probably not too old, but it is still young and vulnerable to predators. It is important to put it back in a home where it can be safe and have food. At four weeks of age, a squirrel is not prepared to survive on its own, so it should be watched carefully. Make sure it can find water and food, and make it feel comfortable with its new surroundings.
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.