Why is a Squirrel Not Moving?
You might be wondering why is a squirrel not moving. This little rodent is normally an active animal that is always on the go searching for food, avoiding predators, and chasing one another. However, if you notice it is not moving, you should consider the possibility of squirrel shock. A squirrel in shock freezes, but they are breathing, which is important for their survival. They have likely been chased, traumatized, or scared and need time to recover and regain their normal pace.
Symptoms of encephalomyocarditis
If your squirrel does not move, you may suspect it is suffering from encephalomycarditis, a viral illness that can damage the heart and nervous system. The infection is typically spread through contact with infected rodents, though secondary bacterial transmission can occur, as well. Infection is accompanied by a rapid heart rate and blisters, and in more serious cases, can result in death. Treatment of encephalomycarditis in squirrels can be accomplished with antibiotics.
If you suspect encephalomycarditis in your squirrel, make an appointment with a vet immediately. This disease can be life-threatening, but it can usually be treated by home remedies or veterinarians. If you think your squirrel may be ill, check with your veterinarian for an immediate diagnosis and treatment. There are many simple, inexpensive remedies for many illnesses. For example, full-spectrum light bulbs can be installed to provide ample sunlight for your squirrel.
Signs that a baby squirrel is dehydrated
When a squirrel becomes dehydrated, it may be difficult to digest its food. It may also urinate a lot, particularly after feeding. When you notice it urinates frequently, make sure it does not have dark brown urine. Also, look for signs of dehydration, such as dull eyes and sticky mucus membranes. Rehydrating your squirrel may take the form of Pedialyte or water with sugar.
First, look for the typical appearance of a dehydrated baby squirrel. Squirrels should have plump arms and rounded bellies. Skin should not be wrinkled or loose. If it is thin, it may be dehydrated. If you see any of these symptoms, the animal should be taken to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Ensure you wear thick gloves when handling the dehydrated squirrel, because any traces of food may kill it.
Signs that a baby squirrel is in shock
Squirrels have very sharp claws and teeth, so it’s important to treat them with care. When transporting a squirrel, be sure to wear the thickest gloves possible. Lisette used oven mitts. Once the squirrel was warmed up, Lisette placed her in a cardboard box. Place a warm item underneath the box and add a lid to prevent the squirrel from escaping.
Another warning sign is pale gums. A squirrel in shock may have internal bleeding or is not responding properly to stimuli. The color of its eyes and breathing can change as well. A squirrel in shock may have a fever, be limp, or be shivering. It’s important to seek veterinary attention if you notice any of these signs. A veterinarian can give your pet Bachs Rescue Remedy to treat shock.
If you discover a baby squirrel in shock, the first thing to do is to get the baby squirrel to a veterinarian immediately. A baby squirrel with a fractured leg may need medical attention. A baby squirrel with an injured kidney may require compassionate care. Its behavior and appearance may indicate the possibility of shock. If you do find a baby squirrel in shock, it will likely be starving and not respond to your touch.
Signs that a baby squirrel is dead
You can recognize that your baby squirrel is dying by looking for the signs that indicate its dehydration. If you notice that its fur is black and has slits, it is probably dead. If it is still alive, it may have some blood on it or be dehydrated. You will need to give it fluids immediately. The animal is lethargic and bleeds profusely. You will also notice that its eyes are open but not yet closed. Lastly, if the animal has a frightful or traumatic experience, it might have died due to lack of food.
In some cases, a baby squirrel might be suffering from a disease. These symptoms can include baldness, spots on the skin, and bare skin. While squirrels are known to live up to 12 years as pets, many of them die of old age. Some may even live for longer than the average lifespan, but they still die of natural causes. They are often stung by domestic pets and exposed to pesticides in their 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.