The first question you will ask yourself if you are planning to nurse a baby squirrel is: how often should I feed it? Squirrels are notoriously fussy creatures and their feeding and grooming schedules are rigorous. For the first few days, young squirrels need to eat and use the bathroom every two hours. You should always give them a stimulation to encourage them to go to the bathroom. If you don’t, they can become impacted.
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The Esbilac brand of Formula for Nursing Baby Squirrel is designed for this particular species. Usually, it should be used between two and five weeks of age, when the squirrel has fully furred coat and eyes. However, you can use this formula as early as two weeks of age. Be sure to use the correct amount of formula, and to avoid leaving any air pockets. It is also important to remember that feeding the baby squirrel formula should be done gradually.
The formula is a mixture of goat milk and whey powder. The two types of milks are compatible for feeding to squirrels, but you should not use one of them in place of the other. It may cause diarrhea and will be less nutritious. However, you can mix them to create the right balance of milk and water. A good mixture will contain fat and acidophilus powder to reduce diarrhea. In addition to providing the required fats for growth, the Esbilac formula for nursing baby squirrel is suitable for both babies and adults.
You can give the liquid Esbilac to the squirrel with water for the first feeding and less water for subsequent feeds. Remember, to give the squirrel a bottle of Esbilac formula, never serve it hot. Also, avoid giving the baby squirrel soymilk or cow’s milk. They’re both fast-killers. Likewise, don’t attempt to make your own formula – these can be deadly to wildlife!
For the first feeding of your squirrel’s new life, you’ll want to make a mixture of two parts liquid Esbilac and one part lukewarm water. Then, at each feeding, add a little less water. As a rule of thumb, you should mix the formula at lukewarm temperature, and then gently pour it into the nipples of your baby. This solution is suitable for feeding your baby squirrel until he or she is able to drink formula at a normal temperature.
If your baby squirrel has difficulty nursing, you can use a syringe to feed it. The syringe should be of a smallest size, to avoid aspirating the baby. Be sure to follow the directions on the package to dissolve the powder. After mixing the mixture, keep the baby squirrel warm until it is ready to eat. Then, feed it once or twice a day.
When your baby squirrel is about 4 1/2 to 5 weeks of age, it’s time to give it a bottle of formula. Be sure to start the feeding when the squirrel is fully furred and has open eyes. To feed your squirrel, you can also mix a little formula with Ultraboost to keep the squirrel’s stomach content as high as possible. It’s a good idea to keep in mind that some animals don’t know their limits, so it’s best to feed him/her 5% of their body weight and condition.
You can give your baby squirrel Esbilac, which is a milk replacement formula made by PetAg. You can purchase this product at your local pet store or vet clinic. The powder should be refrigerated after opening to keep it safe from bacteria. The syringes come in a convenient pump and can be used to administer a single feeding or for nursing multiple babies.
There are two types of syringes for nursing baby animals: single-use and reusable. It is better to use an o-ring syringe for feeding your baby squirrel because single-use syringes are likely to stick. A 10cc syringe is a good size for later feeding. It is also helpful to take pictures of the tools you need when feeding your baby squirrel.
You can purchase Esbilac syringe sets for nursing your baby squirrel. You can also purchase a homemade goat milk formula. It is easy to digest and provides the full spectrum of essential nutrients to the baby squirrel. For up to two weeks after birth, the mother squirrel nurses her newborn. During this time, she triples her size and develops hair on her naked body.
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.